Friday, July 29, 2011

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (reread and second review)

Last night, or maybe I should say early this morning, I finished my reread of Mockingjay.  I still found it to have a bit of a slow start, but by the end I didn't want to put it down.  My sleepiness today is a testament to that!  Again since I knew most of the story I was looking for any details I might have missed and also trying to see the actors chosen for the roles in the movie in the parts in my mind.

How much does District 13 have to answer for?  They had to rebuild and that of course took time, but did it really take them 75 years to rebuild or could they have come to the aid of the districts sooner.  How different is life for the refugees in their new homes?  They now are guaranteed food, but punished if they try to get any extra rations, they have clean clothes but they are all identical.  They have a regimented schedule printed onto their arms every day and are all expected to pitch in to the war efforts.  The people from District 12 are grateful to be alive and to have shelter, but President Coin's methods start to seem so similar to President Snow.

Katniss is dealing with a lot, finding out about the plan that other Victors were privy to but she and Peeta were unaware of, the guilt of what happened to some of the other contestants and anger.  The part of the story that was the most compelling to me was the last third of the book, when everything is coming to a head and quick decisions have to be made.  I still find it a bit haunting.  It was hard for me to jump back into the audio book I have going in the car because part of me thought that I was still in Mockingjay and I felt almost as confused as Katniss.

I hope that the first movie is successful because I would like to see how the whole trilogy plays out on the screen.

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