Catching Fire and Mockingjay Review

Contents for The Hunger Games Reviews

  1. The Hunger Games Review
  2. Catching Fire and Mockingjay Review

I don't have too much to say about the second and third installments (Catching Fire, Mockingjay, respectively) in the Hunger Games trilogy. The author is the same therefore the writing is the same. The story itself begins to really complicate itself with political plots, revolutions, and the love triangle gets seriously messed up. More people die, and as there is more death, Katniss becomes more damaged. I won't be giving you a little synopsis, because whatever I say will be a spoiler for the previous novel. In fact, I feel like I have already revealed too much. These books really have twists everywhere, unexpected events are just constantly thrown in your face as you read on. Perhaps this is why The Hunger Games are so well liked, they are perfectly unpredictable. Sometimes, the unpredicatbility is expected, and so it loses the element of surprise, but most of the time you think, "The author wouldn't kill that character off, it wouldn't make sense", or "no way that's going to happen, it just can't!". One thing I noticed, is that, especially in Mockingjay, chapters end in small, dramatic sentences. An example that is not too revealing about the plot is: "My words hang in the air. I look to the screen, hoping to see them recording some wave of reconciliation going through the crowd.
Instead, I watch myself get shot on television." And the next chapter starts with her in the hospital, not knowing what happened. This type of style is quite good, and it helps with the first person present style of writing. We know what Katniss knows. If she faints and wakes up later, we have no idea what happened in between the fainting and waking up. In a way, a lot of little questions are left unanswered like this, but they will never be answered because to know the answer would be to know the inner workings of other characters' minds, and Katniss is not a mind reader.

As with the first installment, both books were well received, by both critics and and readers alike. I myself liked the series as a whole, but there were a few things I didn't like as much. For example, I didn't like that the love plot wasn't explored as much as the violence and deaths and politics. Also, the ending of Mockingjay, that is, the epilogue, is very vague, and tells us nothing really about the state of the world after a big climaxing battle. We only have the very basics to end the story, while a much more than a reader could handle is up to them to decide. It takes a lot of thinking, in fact, just to figure out what happens in the end. And the only character to whom we know what happens long after the battle, is Katniss. In keeping with the first person ideals, it would mean that she never kept in touch with her allies, friends, etc. I find that hard to believe, and yet, not a single word on the fate of the surviving characters, not even some of the most important ones. But disregarding the ending, The Hunger Games trilogy is an exciting tale, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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