My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I’ve read a few reviews even before I started on the book. I usually try and not read reviews and even if I do, I don’t particularly get influenced by others’ tastes. So I went ahead and bought it on the kindle. Just like the other two, coz well, it’s a trilogy and it’s good to be complete in that regard.
I am forced to abandon the book at about 59% (mid-way) through it coz it just didn’t appeal to me anymore. I believe the charm of the storyline was primarily the Hunger Games. The zeal, the vulnerability of the citizens of Panem and the children. We were rooting for them, feeling for them and were curious on how the whole story would pan out. The second book was packed and I loved that the games were not really the main setting, but it still hung on. The style still held its charm.
This final book however completely lost it for me. I understand war, but every line, paragraph was so filled and constantly full of events, thoughts and actions that it was getting hard keeping track and even wanting to empathize with te characters.
Some deaths did not make sense, some scenes didn’t provide much value.
I have a good idea of how this will end, but I dont think am hanging on to every word and line anymore. I am going to have to stop and move on to other books.
If you did like Hunger Games, I’d suggest to skip this one. Doesn’t add any value to the characters we once knew.
Edited to add on April 30th 2012
I went ahead and finished the book after all. I expected to feel sorry for the characters, but I didn’t. It just seemed all doomsday anyway, so yes, it wasn’t teh perfect ending to the series. I still stick to the fact that somehow leaving things hanging after the second book would have maintained it’s awe.