We’re reading them for our mid-September book club gathering, and I’m looking forward to the discussion. On my original read of the trilogy, especially the final book, Mocking Jay, I had a few Wait, what just happened? moments – it will be fun to talk that out over wine and snacks.
For a change, I thought I’d record my thoughts before our meeting, as discussion always scrambles my initial impressions. I remember liking the books, and not being able to put them down.
- The content is pretty violent and horrifying, particularly in the first book, when you’re not really expecting it – Wait, so it’s Survivor only, like, for real? – but also necessary to the plot.
- I found the whole Peta/Gale/Katniss triangle to be a piece of foolishness I could have done without. Katniss has her hands full surviving without having a WB-worthy romantic crisis shoehorned in.
- I was confused by a the climactic scenes in the last book, unsure what, exactly, had happened, who perpetrated it, and you know, things of that nature.
- As with Carrie Ryan’s dystopian zombie trilogy, I would have liked to learn more about how the U.S. devolved into the world Katniss lives in.
That’s all for now – our meeting is mid September and I haven’t started my re-read yet, so I’d best get cracking.