Author: Suzanne Collins
Publication date: August 25th 2010
Format: Paperback | 455 pages
Genre: YA | Dystopian
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Kat, her family, friends, and entire District 12.
So it's taken me this long to finish the series. Don't judge me :P To be honest, I've waited so long to finish these three books that I don't really know what to do with myself now.
I really enjoyed this book. The most disappointing thing to me though, was that I didn't enjoy it as much as I did the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire. I could guess a lot of what was going to happen so it lost a bit of the excitement and intensity I loved in the previous two books.
To get all of the problems I had with this read out of the way, I also found it to be lacking at the end. I found the ending a little rushed, especially when it came to the Capitol's fight. It all seemed a little too easy in a way - too quick. And I was hoping that whoever Katniss ended up with would have some heart wrenching speech to give before the book ended happily ever after - I was denied the lover's speech!
However, the book was still one that I couldn't put down, and when I had to, it took over all of my thoughts. The plot was still incredibly intense - everything is balancing on the thinnest thread and chaos is threatening to reign. A lot of lives hang in the balance and not finding out who Katniss ends up with until the end drove me crazy. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I was very happy with the choice by the way.
I was also really happy with the characters. They were just as loveable as ever, and Katniss was just as strong as ever. They were all really well written and I can't believe what happened to some of them - brought me to tears. Peeta was just as sweet and Gale was a little more involved which I enjoyed.
Overall, I really liked reading this one. It was chocked full of suspense and action with just the right amount of romance - enough that it keeps you wanting more from the characters, but not too much that it takes anything away from the main focus of the story.
My rating: 8/10
The Hunger Games:
- The Hunger Games
- Catching Fire