Recommendation: *** (3 stars)
The story isn't as good as the first book but has less violence
Positives: This book was not nearly as violent as the previous 2 books and the violence takes place during war time not for "entertainment purposes," so it is a little easier to swallow. I like that Katniss struggles so deeply with the deaths she has caused. I think we often become desensitized to murder and death and don't think it would bother us. Whether it is someone killed in self-defense or in cold blood it should shake us to the core when a human life is taken. Katniss was never the same - and she shouldn't be.
Negatives: The story lacks the intensity of the first books and didn't hold my interest as much. At times the storyline didn't seem to connect real well and was confusing.
Talking Points: Katniss really struggles with knowing and understanding the truth about a situation and knowing who to trust. Given the details of her life, this is understandable. Talk with your child about truth. While Katniss has nothing to measure truth by, we as Christians do. We know that God is a God of Truth and that He cannot lie (Heb. 6:18) and therefore His Word, the Bible is true as well (John 17:17). Talk to your child and teach them to go to the source of truth, God's Word, in all circumstances. 2 Tim. 3:16-17 tells us that All Scripture is...profitable for teaching, rebuke, correction and training in righteousness. Teach your kids to always turn to Scripture as their source of truth. Some other Scriptures that might be helpful include Psalm 19, Psalm 119, Heb. 4:12.
Age Level: 13 years of age and up