The story of the Hunger Games is coming to a close, in the final volume of the trilogy from Suzanne Collins.
While I made the mistake of reading the first books before the movies, I waited with this one way past the movie release of movies 3 and 4.
Using Katniss as a figurehead, District 13 is starting the uprising against President Snow and the Capitol. While she and the survivors of the now bombed down District 12 try to get their bearings and adapt to their new life, the plotters of the Quarter Quell make plans to this end.
When Peeta, freshly rescued from the Capitol, arrives and turns out to be heavily tortured, Katniss decides to cooperate. Together with a "star team" of former victors, a television crew and crack shots she is send to the frontlines... where she risks losing everything she had remaining.
The book gave prodigy to two movies instead of one. While the first was a boring, slow affair only remembered for the Hanging Tree song storming the charts, the second one was a high speed action movie...
And I liked neither of them. The book itself is only 450 pages, and the second movie is basically the final 100 pages stringed into a visual effect affair... but this also tells a lot about the speed of the final book. While I love the conspiracy theories both in the beginning and in the end of the book, both which overturn your whole perception of the bigger story, I kind of feel like this was the weakest of the trilogy, with a lot of "useless" dialogue or not deepened-out arcs.
Rating: 6 / 10
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