Although I'm usually not a reader of violent books, I must admit that what made me want to read them is the jaw-dropping plot line of injustice. It really ticked me off. Halfway through Catching Fire, I almost chucked it across the room and said "good riddance" to the series. I kept reading because I really cared about the characters and what happened to them. And things got a lot better and hopeful. Whew.
I'm currently reading Mockingjay, the third book in the HG trilogy. I bought it from a bookstore on release day. Yes, I wanted to scarf it up like it was the last piece of layered chocolate cake. But since it's the final in the series, I really want to savor every word. Many times, I've rushed through great books only to feel sad they've ended. I agree with the blog post written by Christopher John Farley in the Wall Street Journal, 'Mockingjay': Please Don't Devour The Hunger Games.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen lives in Panem, a post-apocalyptic United States where a powerful government called the Capitol has taken over after several devastating disasters. The Hunger Games are an annual televised event where the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl from each district to a fight to the death. The purpose of the Hunger Games is to show how no one, including children, is above the Capitol's crushing power. The last child standing wins the game.
This book absolutely had me from the first page. Katniss Everdeen is the strongest character I've come to know in a book. I was amazed by her bravery and sacrifice. She must make a decision that affects her life forever. How will this affect her relationship with her crush, Gale, and (gasp) a new love interest? Read it, to find out.
As I indicated above, I nearly chucked this book. I was appalled at some of the horrific things that the Capitol has in store for Katniss and others. This book kept me up waaaaay past my bedtime until 3 AM one night. After I read the last page, I was feeling hopeful for the people of Panem and Katniss Everdeen. I couldn't wait for the last installment of the HG series, Mockingjay. Review to come...