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First off – what did you think of the whole Gale and Peeta twist? I think this is one of the things that bugged me quite a bit. I openly admitted in my review that I did not have a preference going in to this third book but as I seen (read) how damages Peeta was and what a danger he was – I truly gave my heart and Katniss’s too – to Gale. Gale never pushed her to choose and has always been there for her and her family. And well – obviously as we find out in this book, he is more stable too. To me, it would have made sense to take Peeta out at the end – let him die saving her so she would always have the bitter-sweet memories, but Gale would be the man she wound up with. (Seriously I had no idea I was team Gale).
I missed Cinna who was a fun character and while I understand that some characters have to die, it seems he died between books and that was kind of sad. I felt he deserved more and somehow should have been written into this book even if it was for a little while. I know we had memories of Cinna, but I wanted Cinna.
I liked how they put in the games this time – they were a bit crazy watching where you step and being so careful… I also liked the cat woman who helped them out and allowed rest.
The part where Peeta and Gale are talking while they think Katniss is asleep is sweet, I liked that conversation and gave me a memory of Edward and Jacob (yeah…. I know Twilight geek here) talking over Bella while she slept.
As much as I enjoyed the book I did not like the ending. It wrapped up a little too neatly and I was really bothered that we never have any closure with Gale other than that now he works in another district…. WHA???????
Did anyone else pick up on the Castor and Pollux brothers? In Greek mythology they were twin brothers. But – to be honest, the names struck me for where I remembered them, in the movie face Off with John Travolta and Nicholas Cage – Nicholas Cage was Castor and his brother (who was slower and needed taking care of) was Castor. I wonder which Suzanne Collins was going for or is it a mix of both?
I got lost when toward the end the road split and Gale was captured and Katniss talks about seeing the bloody blond ponytail. I did not get until later that was Prim. I am not even sure if I had even known Prim was blond, and I would not have expected to see here there that close to the capital anyway as last I knew, she was safe back in District 13. That whole section of the book seemed to happen too fast and I didn’t know if Katniss was dreaming, hallucinating or what.
I like how the cat came back – and in the end loves Katniss and becomes this memory of Prim.
Then it all wrapped up a bit too neatly with Katniss in the hospital – finally making the kill even thought she turned it on Coin instead of Snow. And then suddenly she is home with Peeta and Gale…. well, I already fumed about Gale going corporate and now working in District 2 which is so out of character it makes me head spin.
I felt the ending seemed rushed and as long as it took us to get to the Capital and do what Katniss had set out to do suddenly it hurried forward and it all just happened…. I felt no anticipation up to the planned killing of Snow. I could have used another 100 pages to sort that through a bit more suspenseful.
I did really like the book – a lot actually, I just didn’t love it. What started out to be an exciting long anticipated read for me fell in my expectations as it neared the end and the potential for a mind-blowing ending to this series was lost. At least for me.