Mockingjay, the third and final book in the Hunger Games series came out published by Scholastic in 2010. As I looked back on my review of this book I had to laugh as I reviewed it three days after it was released…. hmmmm…. anxious to see how it all was going to end?
As I mentioned I read the book over 4 years ago. I did enjoy the book but openly admit it was my least favorite of the three books, mainly due to all the politics that were involved in this final installment. I am not a fan of politics.That said, I did still enjoy the book very much – author Suzanne Collins does not take mercy on any character and all are dispensable… it was truly a powerful read that left me thinking about it well beyond that final page.
I was very excited to watch the movie. My son had warned me that it wasn’t the most exciting of movies as it is a lot of information that is necessary to prepare us for the part 2 of this movie that will come out in 2015. I have to say I disagree with my son (sorry Justin). I did find the movie engaging and perhaps even came to feel more real and explained better to me than the book came through. I think Jennifer Lawrence plays the part of Katniss perfectly. On screen she shows such emotion she brings me to tears for the cause. If you are a fan of the series, definitely take time to see the movie – all the movies.
Bonus note – in the movie Katniss sings a song that is haunting. Jennifer Lawrence sings the song and I looked it up when I came home and found out Susanne Collins wrote the song. (WOW!) I have now heard the song by another artist but prefer Lawrence’s. Here it is:
Book vs, movie… the winner of this dynamic duel is….
While this is a close battle, I think because of my personal struggle with the politics of Mockingjay the visual of the movie worked better for me. I will definitely be owning this one.
Have you seen the movie yet? Have you read the book? Do you plan to? If so do you have a preference of book or movie?