Official Synopsis: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.
The Hunger Games is one of my favorite YA series. It's complex, deep, and filled with action, suspense, and mystery. This book continues with that theme. It makes you laugh, cry and scream simultaneously. Katniss can't catch a break, especially when the man she loves (but doesn't want to admit it) is held hostage by her nemesis, President Snow. To make matters worse, all of the people she thought she knew are not exactly what they seem. The ones she trusted are changing, the ones she never liked are on her side, and in the end she must count on the one person who was always got her through - herself. I know I'm going to hear a lot of boos, but I'm telling you now that is not a 5 fang rating. It is good and engaging, but it didn't catch and hold my attention from the very beginning like previous books. It started off a little slow, but don't worry, it does catch up, grips you, and doesn't let go until the end. The problem I really have is the way things were left. Without giving away too much, a major character drops from the scene towards the end and is never heard of again. This left me with a bad taste in my mouth. After so much interaction and craziness this character has been through (I must give him/her credit although he/she is not one of my faves), I think there should have been further closure and not just the "I'm leaving cause you are going to be forever pissed at me" ending that was presented. I also felt cold with the way they portrayed Katniss's mom in the end. Sorry to be vague, but I don't want to let the cat out of the bag for all those that didn't read it. I did like the final wrap up with all the other characters. I must admit that this book had me crying like a baby towards the end, and cheering in others. It is definitely an emotional roller coaster of a read, with action packed scenes and suspense that we have come to expect from the series. It is a definite must read, although it does have its flaws.
This book is rated 4 1/2 fangs. I was initially going to give it 4 stars, but the tearjerkers and final wrap up ending pushed the rating up.
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