My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*No spoilers (I hope)*
Wow. What do I say?
The third and last book in the series. I worried it wouldn’t be able to stand up to the last two. I worried that it wouldn’t match because the first two were set in the arena, and I couldn’t see a way of it working this time around.
But, Suzanne pulled it off. She created more impossible situations and played with your emotions as she took our favourite characters through mazes and war zones. Never have I read a love triangle book where I couldn’t decide who I was rooting for. Never.
Gale and Peeta both have their good points and bad. Peeta, however, wasn’t much of a strong contender in this book. But considering Gale wasn’t in the last one, it was about time Gale had his time to shine.
Suzanne took bold moves in order to really put her characters through the worst. She took lives away from us that had me almost in tears. But in the end, it all felt necessary. It didn’t feel like mindless killings.
And one other thing I love about this series is that the author isn’t afraid to kill main characters. Or not afraid to have us love someone, only to take them away. Unlike Twilight, where everyone survives and everyone has a happy ending, The Hunger Games deals with loss and sacrifice. All Katniss does is sacrifice.
I do have some negatives about this last book. Not too many though, and really, no book can ever be perfect (not to me anyway).
Firstly, too many names were mentioned, often similar sounding to ones before. It confused me, and then often, they were never mentioned again. So all that confusion was for nothing.
Peeta’s recovery at the end wasn’t explained, nor really smoothed in. It wasn’t questioned either. From going from such a bad extreme to the other…I didn’t get it.
The book also spent more time in Katnisses fragile mind than in the heart of the story. In a lot of instances, big chunks of the storyline were skipped or briefly explained rather than the action, which I’m so used to in HG, delved into.
But I really did enjoy this book. Katniss and the cat at the end had me in tears. Amazing series. One that will stick in my head for years to come. A series with such strong and realisitc characters. And a riverting storyline.
Bravo, Suzanne, bravo.