Catching Fire & Mockingjay
By Suzanne Collins
I’ve decided to review these two books together because I read them back to back. (Thanks, entire series e-book!) Like watching a complete TV season on Netflix, having quick access to an entire book series is just plain dangerous. It’s even worse when the stories are “cut” so they end with a bit of a cliffhanger. Ahh…these editors and writers know how to hook us! When I started Catching Fire, I had planned to take a break from the series. After all, I was able to put my Nook down after finishing The Hunger Games. But this was different, and late one night as I finished Catching Fire, I was immediately sucked into reading Mockingjay.
Like I said about The Hunger Games, Collins falls into a pattern of telling rather than showing action, which is easy to do when using a first person narrator. However easy, its effect is a weakening of the overall writing. But, who cares? It’s a great story.
I love that Katniss is a strong female character. She’s tough, ruthless, caring and flawed. In short, she’s easy to like, and a good literary role model for the legions of young girls who have read the books. It’s not the primary role of the writer to create characters who are role models, but if she can, then she gets extra bonus points in my book.
Writing 3.5 out of 5 stars
I have some criticism of the writing, but it’s overall very good.
Storytelling 4 out of 5 stars
Well, it’s a really entertaining story. So…
Plot Structure 3.5 out of 5 stars
I can’t really put my finger on my issue here, but it just wasn’t a really well structured plot.
Character Development 3.5 out of 5 stars
As narrator, Katniss is pretty well developed, but the other characters aren’t. That’s part of Katniss’ character flaws. She doesn’t really understand other people’s motives. She’s a savvy hunter, but not savvy with people.
Cultural Impact 5 out of 5 stars
Not much to explain here.
Total 3.9 out of 5 stars
Have you read the entire series? Of course you have. What did you think?