Grade: High A+ (naturally)
Synopsis (CATCHING FIRE SPOILER ALERT!):
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. there are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.
Character Development: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Total Score: 69.5/70
Age Appropriate? R
Cussing: None that I recall...
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Yes. Alcoholism and drunkenness, discussions of both; drug addiction, withdrawal, etc.
Sexual Content: None really, but gently implied between married couples.
Disturbing Images/Violence: It is fraught with both. Graphic death, murder, killings, execution, politics, more death by the scores. War. Involuntary prostitution. Depression. Suicidal thoughts. Graphic imagery. Injury. Manipulation and violence against children. War-time drama. For mature audiences only.
Does this book really need a review? I ask myself. Indeed, I hardly have the words for it. Sweeping. Riveting. Masterfully executed. It moved me to tears. It defied expectations. It spoke volumes about the nature of humanity -- our past, our present...our future.
A tale that should not -- will not -- be forgotten.