Masterful journey through a dismal grey future
22 January, 2015
I originally wasn't going to read this book - I read it as prep for letting my son read it. I read the first one in the series, and decided that while it was excellently told, it wasn't necessarily a story I wanted to read more of. Wanting closure nonetheless, I'd read various summaries to see what was happened in the rest of the series. Thusly, I already knew what was going to happen in this book.
However - the difference between knowing what was going to happen, and reading as Suzanne Collins' wonderful prose fills it all out is the difference between seeing one of those "paint by numbers" outlines, knowing what the picture is going to end up being, and then seeing it after it's been painted by an expert. The shading, the vibrant colors. The book _really_ draws you in, makes you feel Katniss' stubbornness, her heartache, her struggles. Even though I knew what would happen, it still drew me deeply in, made me nervous for those involved, made me ache as the characters ached.
This is a wonderfully written book. However, as a warning, it's a vibrantly filled in story about a very dystopian world. If that's not your thing, this story isn't going to change your mind. But if you want an immersive trip through a dark world, this series is what you're looking for.