Have you ever heard someone say that they just finished reading a book--a book you've also read and happened to have enjoyed--and complained about what a disappointment it was, and you wonder, "Was he even reading the same book?" Well, keep that in mind. I'm coming back to it.
As it's been quite some time since it's come out (well, a couple months, I guess), I've heard a lot of reactions to the close of the story. Mostly I've just heard, "What a disappointment!" As I plugged along the first half of the book, I began to agree! It was a little slow; not really Collins' style. But that's it! There was a lot of exposition that needed to happen--yes, NEEDED. I had faith, though, in Collins, and stuck with it. (I would have anyway; I couldn't wait to find out what the end was actually going to be! How would the rebels win; whom would Katniss choose; would one of the selection even return to sanity; and what about the long-distant duel of the psycho presidents?) So I finished, and I wondered, "What book did all those other people read, because it couldn't have been this one! That ending was AMAZING!"
An inspiration, in fact, such that again I jealously thought, "Crap, I want to create something beautiful and brilliant!" (Maybe someday.)
In the end, everyone, ignore the freaking nay-sayers. Read this book. It's wonderful, and will have (once I can buy my own copy, at least) a permanent spot on my book shelf, somewhere between Chabon and Dickens.
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