Thursday, January 29, 2015

Series Review: Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (slight spoilers)

Book: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publication: Sept 1st, 2009
Source: Borrowed from friend
Read: Jan 3rd to 7th, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads)
Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

 Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

 Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

 In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn.

My Thoughts:

After not liking the first book in this series, The Hunger Games, I'm pleased to report that I enjoyed Catching Fire and Mockingjay. This first section will be my thoughts on Catching Fire.

I went into Catching Fire already have seen the movie so as I read this book the movie was rolling through my head. I think the movie followed the book very closely. I didn't notice really any parts that I really wanted put in the movie.

I love Jennifer Lawerence as a actress and I think she helped me to like Katniss better as a character. I didn't like Katniss when I first read The Hunger Games back before the first movie was released. I think Catching Fire was very well paced. I enjoyed all the action and catching up with Peeta, Gayle, and Haymitch.

I was most excited for the games. Although I have seen the movie and knew how the games turn out I still found it be very intense. There were still moments I was unsure what would happen. I never knew I would fall so in love with Catching Fire the novel. It is easily my favorite movie, but now it is my favorite book of the series too.

Book: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publication: Aug 24th, 2010
Source: Borrowed from friend
Read: Jan 7th-13th, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads):

My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

 Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

 It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.

 The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.

My Thoughts:
Mockingjay had a totally different feel from Catching Fire, but I enjoy this one as well. Mockingjay part 1, the movie is pretty slow, and the book is as well. My only disappointment is that I wanted more Peeta. As my favorite character I was really missing him having a vital part in the book. Of course he is still very important to the rebellion although he does not know that.

It was interesting to learn about 13 and their dictatorship like society. I enjoyed how they used Katniss to help with the rebellion. Katniss had her same spitfire attitude throughout the novel that I love. I also loved to see Finnick in this novel. I think he was a great asset to Katniss in her time of need.

The second Half of Mockingjay really picked up and this is the part I had no warning on. I think I would have took the ending totally differently if I had been spoiled by the movie prior to reading this book. The Hunger Games is not a happy series and therefore I knew the book was not going to end with happily ever after, but the ending that Suzanne Collins chose was really hard to swallow. If you read my review of Allegiant you would understand why I'm okay with Collin's ending. I respect her for not choosing to end her series in the easy way, but taking the path that would lead some readers to hate the book and others to love it despite the ending.

I can not wait to see how Mockingjay Part 2 the movie is. I'm glad that I finally read the final two books in the series. I was ready to read the books this time and I really enjoyed them both. This series will probably never be one of my top favorites, but I did enjoy it.

1 comment:

  1. I'm surprised you didn't like the first book but loved the other two - I don't think I've heard that before. But yea, the second book is awesome. Many people love the first two and don't like the last one as much though.


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