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Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
OPINION ONE: Collins' conclusion to The Hunger Games trilogy is without a doubt a page-turner. The author pushes the emotional buttons as Katniss tries to make sense of her new reality. The romance triangle wraps up in a satisfying manner. However, overall, the book is stark and bleak — much like war itself. The resolution is not entirely satisfying, and the Katniss shown in the epilogue seems almost removed from her own reality.
OPINION TWO: I know the response to Mockingjay has been varied, but I love, love, loved it. I thought the inherent darkness of the tale was absolutely necessary to the plot, and really, if Katniss — who, let's be honest, was never chipper to begin with — was lighthearted after all she'd been through, it would have really rung false. Katniss' struggles throughout the novel are heart-wrenching and realistic and I'll be darned if Collins didn't wring some tears from me. I even loved the end even though I was (ahem) firmly on the other Team, boywise. Collins does this amazing thing in her prose, where she consistently zigs when you think she's going to zag. "Oh, I know what's going to happen next," you'll think, and it never, ever does. The trilogy is destined to be a classic, one I'll relish reading again and again.
OPINION THREE: The first time I read Mockingjay I devoured it so quickly I had to go back and re-read whole swaths. This was no sacrifice; Collins is so skilled and masterful that I did so gladly. Katniss’ character arc is heartbreaking and believable, and her friends — and enemies — are well drawn. I was happy with the love-triangle resolution, but it’s secondary to the main point of the story, which is, to quote a popular ‘70s poster: War is not healthy for children and other living things.
Reviewed By: The RT Editors
Published: September 2010