Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins's groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
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This story had a different feel to the others in the series. While it wasn't a bad thing, it was a change that took some getting used to. In this book, finally something is being done about the state of Panem and it excited me to find out how it would all end.
The story built up quite nicely, and there were many elements that peaked my interest throughout the book. However, I did not like how the author promised me [through the way the plot unfolded] that Peeta was going to die. While that was not the outcome I wanted for him, there was such a build up around it about how Katniss would need to kill him or that he would die somehow, that I was disappointed with the way it was resolved. Also, the romance did interfere slightly with the story it could have been, making me think that it should be a romance with dystopian elements, and not a dystopian story with an underlying romance. I felt this way because it seemed as though the story hinged on Katniss choosing a lover and being with them instead of saving people, and that was the goal that I should look forward to being fulfilled instead of the alternative. While I did expect romance, the entire plot felt as if changing the world was just a backdrop to the two lovers. Despite the anticlimactic end to the romance, I still enjoyed how the story was told when it involved plotting the Capitol's demise.
I also didn't like the inclusion of the "The Hanging Tree" - at least, I didn't like the explication of it, which ruined the song and also the discovery and thought process on the reader's behalf. It was a moment that felt as if I was being babied, and also lectured in such a way that was reminiscent of English teachers reading too much into something and trying to crowbar their thoughts into my head about what they think the true meaning is. I didn't feel that it's inclusion in general was necessary, because what ruined it for me was that explanation that did nothing for me besides taking away what could have been left as something I could've reflected on.
The cast of characters from the previous book, as well as new ones introduced here, at least kept me interested - especially with Finnick, and with Castor and Pollux. I was made to hope and care for new characters, and maybe if it weren't for that I would have gotten more bored of Katniss and Peeta's struggles. The ending involving Prim's death and President Coin's assassination was surprising and interesting as well, prompting some reflection on the themes in the series, too.
All in all this wasn't a horrible book. There were some scenes that left bad impressions, but it was an interesting read all the same and a good end to the series. The ending of the last chapter (not the epilogue) left a sour taste, but the conclusion of the series was a decent one.
This was my favourite book of the Hunger Games trilogy. After following the lives of the tributes, this book gives insight into the political framework of Panem and gets into the nitty-gritty of political motivations. The stunning part of this book is the fact that numerous parallels can be seen in today's world, making Suzanne Collins a true legend and an author that I'm sure will go down as one of the best of her generation.
After reading the first two books i was insanely excited to finish the trilogy. I loved it and it kept me guessing till the very last minute. READ them all!!!
So this is the last installment of the Hunger Games series. This book starts right in the middle of the rebellion so you pretty much should read the last two in order to understand this one. Silly me, reading on the subway and was trying hard not to cry whenever something tragic happened. I must have looked like an idiot sniffing and tearing with my whole face going red. Anyways, this is a must read! The series was truly amazing and I'm really sad to have finished it.
This book is just as good, if not better than the others. I loved it from start to finish. Please read this book somewhere private so if you start crying, you won't look like a psycho.
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