By Kayo Cosio
I loved this book.
That's a slightly controversial point of view, I know, especially since I'm probably in the minority of Hunger Games readers who think that. But watching the Mockingjay Part One movie today, I am reminded of why I felt that way when I first read the trilogy over two years ago.
Much like the movies, Mockingjay is thought-provoking in a way that the first two Hunger Games books aren't. There is something about the danger in Catching Fire and The Hunger Games that seems almost superficial and artificial compared to the perils in Mockingjay. And that's because… well… they are. The arena is man-made. The dangers are fabricated. Even the hatred that leads to murder is only a byproduct of the Capital's game design. In this third book, we find that the whole world is now the arena, and the dangers are real to all who are in it. The author does an excellent job of conveying this paradigm shift, allowing the feelings that you're merely watching The Games on a television to dissipate, replacing them with more tactile & tangible threats. The killing is right on your doorstep. Nobody is safe.
Rounding up what's showing during The Inquirer Indie Bravo!-Fully Booked Film Festival on December 3 to 5.