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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

For the last time, at least with this trilogy, I almost didn’t read this book because everyone was reading it.   New York Times best sellers most often don’t make my cut.   The dystopian world featured in the first  and second book finds itself under attack by a mythical adversary and a Hunger Games Victor rallying cry. 

Once again I must point out that as good as the plot may be, the characterizations are what make this trilogy so compelling.   It also has such a wide appeal.  I have talked about the books with my 30 something daughter-in-law and my 13 year old grandson.  We have all found things we both like and dislike in the books. 

You find yourself deeply involved with imaginary characters.  There is probably a diagnostic term for this but it certainly makes for an intense reading experience.   I also like the number of morality plays that can be used to engender discussions in education.   My grandson was assigned Catching Fire as a summer reading assignment.   The books just reek with discussion topics suitable for middle school.   I also enjoyed the way the titles were clarified with actions in the books.

I really did not expect to like this series.  I sniffed with distain at the Twilight series and expected the same level of drivel here.  (Please keep in mind I did not read any of the Twilight books nor see any of the movies and only perceive it as drivel based on the ranting of those I know who have reveled in both the books and movies.  Like 50 Shades, it just doesn’t seem like my cuppa.)   I was pleasantly and quite thoroughly surprised with the Hunger Game Trilogy.

I highly enjoyed the book and I recommend it.

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