Apr 122012
 

Author: Suzanne Collins

Pages: 390 hardcover

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: August 24, 2010

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Characters:

Katniss Everdeen- Survived her second Hunger Game and is now figurehead of rebellion against the Capitol.

Gale Hawthorne- Survived the Capitol’s attack on District 12 and now part of rebellion.

Peeta Mellark- Was captured by the Capitol and is their pawn against Katniss.

Synopsis: After escaping the arena at the end of Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen and some of the other tributes escaped from the arena and were transported to District 13. Now as the symbol of the revolution, Katniss takes part in propaganda broadcasts aimed at turning the populous against the Capitol. Sadly, Peeta did not make it to District 13 and the Capitol is using him for their own propaganda. Katniss must fight against he pull of two Presidents to help liberate the people of the districts, free Peeta and get revenge against the Capitol.

Analysis: I have liked the series up till this point, but I think that the 3rd book is very weak compared to the other two. Previously Katniss was an active participant in everything, but in this book, she is often one of three things, unconscious, uncertain and acting without knowing why. I realize that she has been though a lot in the previous two books, but I don’t think it is an excuse for the heroine of the book to be so passive.

Pro:

  • Backgrounds for Finnick and Haymitch were interesting.
  • Some of the death traps were inventive.
  • Peeta was well written in the last half of the book.

Con:

  • Too much focus on costumes.
  • Even a high-tech bow is a pretty silly weapon against people with real guns.
  • Arena extended into the real world, but I think it stretches credibility.

ConclusionI imagine that Suzanne Collins really racked her brain to figure out a way to have the same feeling of the arena in the 3rd book. So, she added the pods and the camera crews and a small team fighting against greater odds. It could have worked, but it seems forced in this situation. Also, Katniss seems to have become a much weaker character in this one. I don’t know how she could ave been done better, but I had a harder time getting into this one. I only recommend it because it ties the series together and it would bug me not to finish it.

Score: 2.25/5

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