Another home run for Collins, but still too dark for younger teens
Continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, Peeta, Gale, and the grim world of Panem. Another gripping plot, with another ending that demands further reading in the next book. I'm really glad I didn't begin reading this series before the final book was written; waiting for the publication of Mockingjay might have done me in. The character development continues, and I'm impressed by the author's ability to create characters who are simultaneously understated and compelling. In a lesser author's hand, these stories would be depressing, a blunt instrument of nihilism and gore. Bread and circuses at its worst. Collins is masterful in her writing, and when I've completed the trilogy I plan on reading her earlier works, too.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Positive role models