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Review: Suzanne Collins – Mockingjay

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suzanne-collins-mockingjay-e1332361443499At 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.

5-5

Now Reading: Suzanne Collins – Mockingjay

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suzanne-collins-mockingjay-e1332361443499On to book 3 of this series, and unfortunately it’s the last one. I love reading a series of books (especially one as good as this), but the worst part of it is always coming to the end. With a series, you always get more involved with the characters and the story, so it’s hard to let go. But with the last two books being so good, I’m looking forward to getting stuck in with this one.

It’s only a couple of days until the film comes out, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish the book, and then we’ll be able to see the film at the weekend.

Review: Suzanne Collins – Catching Fire

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suzanne-collins-catching-fire-e1332001505516All I can say about this book is that it was better than the first, which is saying something because I loved the first one. There are plenty of reviews of this book on many WordPress blogs that will tell you what happens in this book, so I don’t really want to go into that too much here. Besides, I know my dad is starting reading the first one, so I don’t want to spoil this one too much for him (if he even reads this!).

When the first book ended, I thought it had been ended in a bit of a weird place and I was curious to find out what happened next. Suzanne Collins sure knows how to shock her readers though. Whatever I expected to happen, it was definitely not this!

This series is definitely more about the plot than the actual writing, but the plot is just non-stop. Every time you think it might slow down a bit, it’s back up again with another twist.

And just like the first book, this book is left at a cliff hanger, with big question marks about what is going to happen next. I was happy that Gale was brought back into the story at the end, but I’m sure that that after what I’ve read so far, nothing is going to run smoothly in book number three.

Another 5/5 review for this book – brilliant!

5-5

Now Reading: Suzanne Collins – Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Pt 2)

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suzanne-collins-catching-fire-e1332001505516After the speed in which I read the first book in this series, I can’t wait to get started on this. I might have to slow down a bit though or it’ll all be over too quickly! After the end of the last book, I really have no idea what will happen in this one. My friend Abi mentioned something about Gale, so maybe he will have more involvement in this book?

With it being Mother’s Day tomorrow (eek – should probably go and buy a card or something!), I probably won’t have as much time to read this one as I did the first one. Hopefully the weather will be nice and I can take my mum out somewhere. 🙂

Review: Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games

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suzanne-collins-the-hunger-games-e1331933637252I’m kind of ashamed to say I devoured this book in less than a day. I now know why all the reviews I’ve read say that you just can’t put it down once you’ve started it. I’m going to try not to spoil the story too much in case you haven’t read it yet and you’re planning to do so – I’ve already persuaded my dad and brother to give it a try.

The book is aimed at teenagers, so it’s pretty easy reading, and the actually fighting scenes in the book are not that graphic, although the premise of the book is quite still quite shocking. Basically, 24 teenagers are picked at random and sent into an ‘arena’ in a battle to be the last one left alive.

Some of the teenagers have been training for this for a long time, others are just too young, like little Rue who is only 12 years old. The main character Katniss is only 16 years old but you discover through the book that she’s quite worldly wise and has done a lot to protect her family, including the scary task of taking the place of her sister in the games.

As this book is the first part in a trilogy, I expected Katniss to live through to the end, but there are plenty of moments that leave you wondering what will happen, and the end was definitely unexpected. I’m a little unsure after finishing the book where the next two books are going to go, but we’ll soon find out.

A definite 5/5 rating, if only because I just couldn’t stop reading!

5-5