At first when I was reading this book I thought it wasn’t going to be as actioned packed as the first two, and for the first part of the book, it was definitely more political than action packed. But it all picked up again about a third of the way through the book and it was back to non-stop action.
As with most action books you expect people to die, but the choice of who died in this book really shocked me. I can see how it was used to develop the story and how each death pushed Katniss to do something that she had to do, but there were definitely some people that I wished hadn’t died!
Katniss finds herself the leader of a team in this book, and there’s a lot more guilt about her actions than there was before – you can definitely feel it through the writing. I think the writing itself was more of a factor in this book than the other two. With it not having as much action in it and much more drama, the strength of Collins’ writing really comes through.
As with the other two books, I don’t want to spoil the storyline too much, but I will say that I was slightly disappointed with the ending. Throughout the series, there’s a fight going on within Katniss’ mind between Gale and Peeta, and at the end you find out who she ends up with. I would have preferred her to stay with the other, but it does round the story off nicely this way. I did feel that the end was a bit rushed – it was a bit like the last Harry Potter book where there’s just a chapter tagged on at the end about the future. But I do think that it was a nice way to end the book without leaving lots of loose ends.
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the films now, I just need to wait for my Dad to finish reading the books first so we can go together.