Monday, March 5, 2012

The Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Recommendation: *** (3 stars)
The story isn't as good as the first book but has less violence

In the final installment of the Hunger Games Trilogy we find our heroine Katniss Everdeen once again very conflicted. She is being asked to be the symbol of the revolution that is breaking out across the districts, to rally the rebels to continue fighting against an unjust and overbearing government. She agrees to this with some conditions and a lot of hesitancy. Throughout the story she continues to struggle with the deaths that she has caused and not knowing who to trust or believe.

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

1 comment:

  1. Hello there. There is nowhere to contact the author on this blog, so I figured I'd just try to leave a comment and see if I can get a response. :) My name is Bo and I publish RethinkMonthly.com. I wanted to know if I could compile your reviews for The Hunger Games trilogy as a downloadable PDF on our website. We would give you credit as the author(s) and provide a link back to your blog. Can you please contact me at bobegods@gmail.com? Thank you.

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