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Friday, May 18

Mockingjay

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I just finished Mockingjay, the third in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this trilogy, especially Mockingjay. I'm an old science fiction fan, and I've read nearly every dystopian novel out there. But not even Orwell's 1984 is as dark as this Panem world Collins has created. She portrays the citizens of the Capitol as pampered, self-centered, and thoughtless; the leaders, especially President Snow, as cruel and power-hungry and insensitive. And all the action scenes during the games and the battles in Mockingjay are so very bloody and awful. I don't know why so many young adult readers have been so captivated by these books, but they certainly have been. I guess they admire the few who are admirable--Katniss and Peeta and Gale--and in them they find hope for the future of the United States as well as the future of the fictional Panem. If you haven't yet read this trilogy, you should. It's a remarkable story.

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