It’s here. Mockingjay Day. And the reviews are coming in.
The LA Times is the first out of the gate declaring that the third installment of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy brings the series to a “wrenchingly satisfying conclusion”.
Susan Carpenter writes that fans aren’t likely to be disappointed.
Here’s part of her review:
…Difficult as it would seem to top the ingenuity and action-packed, edge-of-your-seat storyline of “The Hunger Games,” or the continued, in-the-ring thrill ride of its follow-up, “Catching Fire,” “Mockingjay” leaves the government’s kid-on-kid hunting grounds and heads into the destitute reality of the districts, which have come under heavy fire from the Capitol for rising up against its superficial and oppressive leadership.
Opening with the dreary aftermath of “Catching Fire’s” concluding line, “Mockingjay” begins with Katniss Everdeen wandering through the wreckage of her district 12 hometown, tripping over skulls and breathing in the ashes of the incinerated bodies that used to be her neighbors. More than 90% of those neighbors are dead; the rest have been relocated to district 13, an area that was thought to be abandoned but is very much alive. Forced underground 75 years earlier in an era known as the Dark Days — an era that led to the annual children’s bloodletting known as the Hunger Games — district 13′s residents have spurred the present uprising, and they’re looking to Katniss to rile up the rest of the districts and overthrow the pale-skinned President Snow, who’s made no secret of his dislike for Katniss and her rebellious unpredictability.
Snow has captured Peeta — the boy Katniss didn’t kill in the first Hunger Games, and with whom Katniss is in love. Or is she? Like the first two books in the series, “Mockingjay” continues the love triangle between Katniss, a headstrong nihilist forced to save her country from self-inflicted annihilation; Peeta, the fresh-faced and sweet-hearted boy whom she kissed in front of the omnipresent cameras; and Gale, the hunting partner with whom she grew up who could easily become something more. It takes a while, but “Mockingjay” finally settles the question of Katniss’ true affections.
And it takes some truly surprising twists and turns to get there. Unfolding in Collins’ engaging, intelligent prose and assembled into chapters that end with didn’t-see-that-coming cliffhangers, this finale is every bit the pressure cooker of its forebears……