Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What We're Reading: MOCKINGJAY!

Are you eagerly anticipating reading Mockingjay as soon as the 11 people who are reading it, plus the 11 people (as of today) who put it on hold ahead of you, get done with it? Wondering what all the hype is about? Never heard of Mockingjay? I predict that you will.... While it may not have the unbelievable impact of the Twilight series, Suzanne Collins's sci-fi/dystopic trilogy for teens definitely has appeal and staying power (for adults as well), and with the good reviews and feature stories on the third and final book, the first two will probably be popular with a whole new set of readers.

The first, The Hunger Games, got a slower start here at the library, but we now own 12 copies (all checked out) due to increasing demand. The second, Catching Fire, caught the wave of the first one, and all copies of that one are also checked out. (We also have both as audio books--and yes, they're checked out!--and will have Mockingjay sometime soon.) I reviewed The Hunger Games for this blog back in June of 2009, so I won't repeat that review here; but we just read it as our summer book for High School Book Club, where it received an 8.75 rating (out of 10) from that group; and Anarda Williams, the Buena Vista teen librarian, cited Catching Fire as her favorite book of 2009.

Some comments from my library co-workers about Mockingjay:

EVELYN: One of the few series I have read with a consistent story arc--so many times a series starts off strong and then fades from book to book until you quit caring, but not this one. Couldn't put it down.
ANARDA: I was still rooting for Katniss and Peeta to the very end--which felt a little rushed, but the final book in this page-turner of a series was nonetheless satisfying.
JEFF: I’m a sucker for dystopias. I can’t get enough! The Hunger Games trilogy is class all the way—a thought-provoking, action-packed, thrill-a-minute TOTAL BLAM-BLAM of a reading experience that I’ve recommended to literally everyone I know, except my friend Farmboy (long story). And for just about everybody I’ve talked to who's read it, the final installment, Mockingjay, does not disappoint. I read it in two sittings! Your breath will quicken, your heart will race as Katniss and the rebellion barrel headlong toward an inevitable clash with the Capitol! Highly recommended.
DARYL: Outrage, anger, despair, betrayal, loss, death, rescue, reawakening, reconnection, strength, peace, and, ultimately, hope. Mockingjay is a most satisfying conclusion to the Hunger Games series!

I feel badly about our reviewing a book that you won't be able to check out for such a long time; I feel like the library blog is the place to turn people on to books that they can then immediately take home with them...but we couldn't bypass commentary on this one--it's big! As far as getting hold of a copy..."May the odds be ever in your favor."

While you wait...

You might try one of these young adult series, which incorporate dystopia, science fiction, and action/suspense as the Hunger Games books do:

The Chaos Walking books by Patrick Ness: The Knife of Never Letting Go (book 1), and The Ask and the Answer (book 2)

The Uglies books by Scott Westerfeld: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras

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