Having just missed one hundred books in the first year of The Book Challenge, in 2010, I made the full tonne. Still reading, but without the challenge, take a look at the reviews for the books that I have read this year.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Book 33 - Mockingjay

Book - Mockingjay
Author - Suzanne Collins
Year - 2010
Genre - Young Adult Sci Fi
Pages - 458
Series - The Hunger Games

As I mentioned in my post on the previous book in The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, I started this book at 2:30 in the morning, immediately after finishing its predecessor.  And to start with, I was pretty happy.  It is the same world that we have inhabited for the past two books, but there has been real change.  As a big plus to the books, they do give a real sense of progression, something which is occasionnaly lacking in series such as this.

Unfortunatley, the book really goes downhill.  Whenever I review a later book in a series I always try and be quite careful as to not give away any spoliers, so I shall of course continue that here.  It should come as not surprise however, that this is the wrap up of the series.  As such, you need a strong build to a good conclusion.  The build in these books has been tremendous, with characters that you care about, and nice relationships developed.  And of course, the action is particularly good for a young adult book.

This continues here, albeit with some character developments that you may not particularly want to see, for a large chunk of the book.  Then all of a sudden the wheels come off.  The action stops making perfect sense, in such a way that you sometimes have to reread sections to fully undertsand what is happening.  Character arcs are pretty much dropped, including one particularly important character.  The action builds, then stops incredibly abruptly, to be replaced with an ending that feels very flat.  Even within this ending, everything is pretty half hearted and lacks both the intrigue and urgency that has been built up in the first two novels.  And nearly everyone I have spoken to who has read the full trilogy has been disappointed with the ending, and as much as I would love to buck the trend, I can't help but agree.

At the end of the day, this shouldn't put you off.  The first book, The Hunger Games, is a truly brilliant read, and although they do get progressively worse, the whole trilogy is a triumph for young adult science fiction.

7/10

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