book: Suzanne Collins “Mockingjay”

October 12, 2012

This is the 3rd in Hunger Games trilogy (my reviews of The Hunger Games & Catching Fire if you are interested).  Continuing the story of survival and rebellion against the Capitol this book follows straight on from book 2 when Katniss Everdeen escapes from the Hunger Games.  But escaped to what?

There are (at least) two themes running through these books, the struggle of Katniss against President Snow and the continuing choice between Gale, her childhood companion or Peeta, who accompanied her to the Hunger Games twice.  Will she survive against Snows plans and plots will she have a happy ending with either Gale or Peeta and will the districts rise against the Capital.

I have to say that I actually found how this was all resolved much more interesting than I expected.  There is, I think, even more inner monologe and angst going on in this book than in the previous ones which was already annoying because I got the feeling the author was often going over the same thoughts and feelings as if to remind the reader what was going on rather than just moving the plot along.

That aside, the realisation by Katniss that she was being used and manipulated by the rebellion just as much as she was in the Hunger Games was interesting, as well as how the final attack on the Capital came about and resolved itself.  I didn’t think the final rounding up and epeloge was great but at least all the loose ends were tied up.

All in, I think this was a good trilogy with the first book being by far the best but the other two necessary to resolve everything.  While I’m sure there could be more written with this ‘world’ as a backdrop, I kind of hope it isn’t.


book: David Baldacci “The Innocent”

October 6, 2012

I’ve been reading a lot using the Kindle app on my android phone or iPad.  I find that the short chapter structure that Baldacci uses is particularly good for this type of stop-start reading while you commute.  The story revolves around Will Robie a US sanctioned assassin who is faced with a seemingly simple job that turns bad when he discovers that the target has got children with her – he doesn’t pull the trigger and yet someone else does.  He has been set up with another shooter around.  Taking to his escape plan he runs into the 14 year old Julie who is also on the run from watching her own parents being murdered.

Robie saves the girls life, eventually discovering that whoever set him up is also responsible for the murder of her parents and their meeting was not just by chance.

The plot moves so fast that it really is necessary for the characters to sum up now and again to remind you just what is going on.  They are on the run, then they trust some people, then they are on the run again and then suddenly it all changes to be a national emergency but can they get to the potential terrorist in time?

An action packed page turner and just what you need on the train in the morning.