Monday, March 26, 2012

Catching Fire & Mockingjay - by Suzanne Collins

Yes, yes. I'm doing a double review. Why? I don't have a lot to say about each of them except that I am disappointed.

Catching Fire wasn't as bad as Mockingjay. I was really excited at the thought of another game and the shock of choosing the competitors between the victors was a good one but kinda expected. Although I still expected more of the games it was fun especially the water arena and getting to know the other victors However, I think Suzanne messed up too much with Katniss's personality. Katniss simply becomes so boring and too much of a scaredy cat. Where is the Katniss we know with all the fire inside of her? Not happy. And her constant thoughts about Gale or Peeta started to get on my nerves but excusable.

By the third book we are already fallen in love with a couple more characters. Especially dear Finnick. Who became so important in the books and marries his long love Annie just to soon die off quickly and not be given a mourning thought by our main? Katniss is also left with a "broken" Peeta. He has been brainwashed by the Capitol to hate Katniss. Now I don't have a problem with that exactly but more on the lack of gradual recovery from that. It seemed to me that out of the blue Peeta is suddenly quite well again! And is not quite trying to kill Katniss. Jeez. No explanations there at all. Last but not least, the biggest shock on the book for me is when they kill Prim near the ending. Suzanne simply didn't give us enough time to absorb the happening! To me the description was really weak and rushed. It lacked order and it seemed as if Prim simply popped out of nowhere to die. Which was what happened. . .

It made me very sad because my whole excitement about the Hunger Games definitively crawled down a notch for me. On the bright side - bring me the next exciting series!

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