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Not quite the "mind-blowing conclusion" it was promised
on 13 April 2012
The first two books (having a personal preference to "Catching Fire") were brilliantly written, with twists and captivating climaxes almost at the end of every chapter. Like Stephen King, I "couldn't stop reading" them, and read them both in a few days. However, the third book took substantially longer to read. Not because it is longer than the other two but because it just wasn't as interesting, with the desire to read the next chapter pretty minimal. The action is slow paced, and when it does pick up is quickly resolved. Most disappointing for me was the lack of sympathy I had for pretty much any of the characters I found them cold, unemotional and quite frankly annoying. Towards the "climax" (which as previously noted is anything but) I didn't really care who won or lost the war. Perhaps making the main characters unsympathetic was supposed to be the result of a country at war, but when you couldn't care less about "Katniss" and her friends, it makes a difficult read. All in all, disappointing.