The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins

Today is the day. The final movie in the Hunger Games Franchise Mockingjay: Part 2 has been released! And what a journey it has been for all of us and I am really upset that it finally come to and end however I’m also really happy that we the fans can finally watch the final movie! Eeek, we are both really excited and will be seeing the tomorrow afternoon, so keep your eyes peeled for a review. Here, on A Fangirls Opinion we have decided to re-read and review the whole series, so if you want to check out our reviews on the Hunger Games and Catching Fire, that would be fab!

To end this series we also decided to include one of our favourite interviews this year with the cast (above)! It will very ‘hard and challenging’ not to laugh at it!

Mockingjay is the final book in the series and sees the revolution unfold. Katniss Everdeen, has survived. District 12 is gone. But District 13 exists. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. There are rebels. There are new leaders. Now Katniss must fight for the ones she loves and for her future.

“Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!”

Mockingjay is certainly a lot darker than the other books and see’s a lot more character deaths some of which I still haven’t gotten over. But at the same time it is still dramatic and powerful.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the fact we were able to see and experience life in different places which we haven’t visited in previous books like District 13 and The Capital. I also loved the fact the Capital was turned into an area which I thought worked really nicely linking the books together but what was nice was that it was completely different to all at the other games we had experienced; they all had their unique flare!

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games”

Katniss in this book I thought was great. She was powerful in leading the revolution and protecting the ones she’s loves but at the same time she was softer and more thoughtful which I thought was a really nice contrast to her badass exterior! She’s not a fighter but a survivor. Her relationship with Peeta is really where you see her softer and thoughtful side. She really tries to help him and her determination to save him is beautiful. It was also nice and fulfilling to see her realise finally how much she loves him and how much he loved her!

“You love me. Real or not real?” I tell him, “Real.”

My only negative is that I thought the writing was a bit sloppy at times which made me have to read over certain parts and I felt like at times the book was very rushed. However, I did like the comparisons of the two halves of the book; the beginning was very slow which helped the reader catch up with everything that was going on, then the second half threw you straight back into the action.

The ending, I thought was perfect and was the ending I thought the characters deserved. I have to admit, I was disappointed with the end just because it is now the end. It’s over! The last three pages though made all the heavy, intense, painfulness of the rest of the book almost worth it, in a strange way.

Overall, I give this book 4/5 stars as I thought it was a fabulous end to a fabulous series! If you haven’t yet read this series, again I highly recommend you do as it is equally as amazing as the books!

Have you seen the film yet? If so what did you think? But please no spoilers!

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

With the final film instalment of the Hunger Games being released in November (which I am super excited for!), we thought it would only right to do a re-read of the series and post our reviews for a nice lead up to the film release.

For those of you who don’t know what the Hunger Games is about, where have you been for the past 5 years? I mean seriously?! But for those who really don’t know, the book is set in a future North America known as “Panem”, the Capitol selects a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each of the twelve outlying districts to compete in the annual “Hunger Games”, a televised fight-to-the-death. The book is centred around Katniss Everdeen – a 16-year-old girl from District 12, who volunteers for her 12-year-old sister, Prim, when her name is chosen – and Katniss’s fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta Mellark. From there we follow her and the other competitors as they all must face the horrors of the Hunger Games.

One of the main things I love about this book is it’s unique storyline, there’s just something about teenagers murdering each other that I find brilliant! The balance of action, I thought in this book worked really well as in the first half you had the build up of preparing for the games and in the second half the action doubled as we entered the games and that is where I couldn’t put the book down. The build up allowed me to become emotionally attached to the characters which then made me all so much more worried for them during the games! And then you realise that only one person can win!

This book contains everything you would want in a young adult novel; a gripping storyline, a classic love triangle and a strong female character. The character of Katniss Everdeen is one of YA’s most famous and powerful heroines through her actions. But one of the main things I love about Katniss’s character isn’t that she is powerful one but the fact she is just a plain old girl who deeply loves and cares for her sister which I think makes it much more relatable. I have a sister, though she may be only 17 months younger than I but that sisterly bond is still there and Katniss’s bond with Prim is something that truly make my heart melt.

I also loved characters like Effie and Haymitch and I loved the relationship between them both, it’s funny and it’s cute. Rue is another character that I loved, her innocence and kindness was a complete contrast to all the fighting and it gave the book hope and a snippet of lightheartedness, however I don’t think I will ever be able to get over her fate.

All the action is great but Collins gives us a little extra through a ‘love triangle’ which can be considered cheesy but I think it helps the reader take their mind off all the death and destruction. Collins gives us two completely different love interests for Katniss; Gale the hunky boy from home she’s known all her life or Peeta the shy and kind baker she has to compete with in the games. It’s these two completely different boys which I love because both of them are perfect for Katniss and both have their good and bad features however I have to say I’m team Peeta!

Overall, I really loved this book and it’s uniqueness and I would highly recommend it to all teens – 4.5/5 stars. The movie adaptation again is brilliant and really captures the darkness and despair of Katniss’s world.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Trailer Reaction

Amy:

I have to admit it has taken a lot of effort to restrain myself from writing this whole post in capital letters as I have been so excited for the trailer and I’m even more excited for the film itself!! I loved that in this film we are able to see more than just district 13 and more of the capital and the shots from the trailer looks like these scenes are full of action.

Jennifer Lawrence is once again a perfect Katniss and certainly in the trailer we see her aggression and determination shine though as well as her amazing leaderships skills. She also looks like such a badass, especially near the end when she walks up the road towards Snow with thousands of Panem citizens following behind!!! We also get a quick snippet of a Katniss and Peeta embrace which just made all of my feelings explode!! I have to admit though my favourite bit of the whole trailer was the wedding between Finick and Annie (how cute does that look!!?) as for once everyone looks really happy and is certainly a great contrast to the destruction we see caused in the capital!! I also love the line from Finick “Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the 76th Hunger Games”!! Brilliant!!

Eleanor:

Oh wow! I was a little slow on the uptake on this trailer, I’ve got to admit I completely forgot about it until I got home from my driving lesson, I should thank Amy for reminding me so I wasn’t completely out of the loop (although I would have eventually seen it on twitter). But as soon as I got my ass in gear (bit of a cheeky pun there as I just came back from a driving lesson…Ha.Ha. I’m so funny) I was SO EXCITED! It was just the perfect trailer, wasn’t it? I am also interested about the Finnick-Annie wedding, purely because it wasn’t described in much detail in the book so I’m intrigued at how it will look.

It just looks so bad-ass and exciting! I’m really excited about seeing all the intense scenes in the capitol, purely for the excitement and also sheer terror (even though I know what will happen). Although the last book wasn’t my favourite, it’s looks as though it’s done it justice and they haven’t cocked it up, which is always good.

Although this all very exciting, there is also a little part of me that’s quite sad. When I was watching this I realised that this is the last ‘first reveal’ trailer that we’re ever going to get for the Hunger Games. This being the books that turned me into an official fangirl, and the first book that I tentatively waited for stills and trailers for, the first of many. I owe them a lot.

Overall we are both SO excited for this film and please do share your opinions in the comments below!