By The Wiz
Ok, so if you haven’t read the book, don’t read this post. There will be spoilers.
This isn’t going to be a ‘review’ really, I mean, if you’re a fan of the series, you’re going to read this book no matter what anyone says, and if you’re not, you won’t. The end. I just want to talk about it. Some points:
1. This one is incredibly violent. No surprise there, really, seeing as how they were ALL violent, and you know going into it that it’s war, and nothing is really going to be cozy and sweet for Katniss and crowd for a while. But wow. Some of those images are going to stay with me for a while. But white roses are still my favorite flower, creepy President Snow notwithstanding.
2. The ending. What I wanted to know was: Was any of this worth anything? Was life better for those 2 kids running around that she swore she’d never have? This book (and series) is very “man’s inhumanity to man” - Katniss is sure that living in a world where mostrosities like this happen doesn’t benefit anybody. But was there any point to all the gratuitous death? Did things in Panem improve after the rebellion? I think they did, Katniss did agree to bring children into the world, after all. There are no more Hunger Games - they are relegated to the history books. Still, it’s not quite a shiny, happy world, and Katniss and Peeta still have demons to wrestle with for the rest of their lives. I also think that Collins intentionally left that a little vague. I don’t think she wanted to wrap it up with “But it was all worth it!” “Look how great war is - it’s a necessary evil!” because that wasn’t her story. Her story was about this child and what the world/war did to her.
3. Was it really necessary to kill Prim? I feel like I did when Fred died in Harry Potter. Really? But that was a main thing Gale had going for him (protecting her), and that was a brilliant move to clear up the love triangle. Associate Gale with Prim’s death. No way Katniss is going for him now.
4. I was glad Peeta and Katniss ended up together. I was rooting for him the whole series. But bravo to Collins for making us wonder who it would be the whole time, and bravo for actually picking one and sticking with it. I was cringing inside that it would be unresolved by the end of the book, making the fans duke it out a la ”Team Gale! Of course she ended up with him!” “No way! Didn’t you read it? It was clearly worded that Peeta is the one!”
5. How creepy was Snow? And the Finnick thing? Ack. It does make you wonder what would have happened to Katniss and Peeta had they been “normal” victors, and then…images I don’t need! Thank you!
What do you think? Did you read it? Want to talk?