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Mockingjay
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I'm now four chapters into Mockingjay, having started it yesterday.

I am allowed to read two chapters each weekday, one during my morning commute and one on the way home. The episodic nature of the chapters and the fact that they tend to finish on cliffhangers makes the Hunger Games books particularly suitable for reading in this way.

Only four chapters in, and I'm already finding myself thinking "not long until my next train journey, then I can find out what's going on with Katniss".

I read Catching Fire while on holiday in July; I did enjoy it, but not as much as the first book. Perhaps it was because I cover-to-covered it in a short space of time rather than savouring it on my commutes, or perhaps it suffered from being the middle part of a trilogy; they're often the weakest. I tend to find that the first part of a trilogy works well as a story in its own right, but the second part seems primarily aimed at setting up the third part. That said, I did like that some of the character developments and revelations that I had hoped for during the first book did come to pass in the second.

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I do not like Alma Coin. She has Knight Templar written all over her.

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How are you finding it now? It's quite different in tone to the previous two isn't it?

I'm one chapter into the second part, "Assault", and enjoying it muchly. As you say, it's very different to the first ones, which is a good thing: in places, the second one felt a bit like a retread of the first.

Katniss comes across as a bit angsty, with her massive dose of survivor guilt, but we won't hold it against her. Poor Gale seems to cop the worst of her negative moments, but that's quite realistic.

I'm wondering precisely what's going on with Peeta. Both Katniss and Haymitch are taking his situation at face value, but is it possible that it's pure propaganda, and he's actually gone native? His warning about the bombing raid seemed genuine, but the Capitol is nothing if not inhumanly devious.

Before the story is done, I'm expecting some WHAM-level reveals about the truth of the situation between the districts and the Capitol.

I hope that Cinna is somehow Not Dead.

-Stephen

From the looks of this evening's cliffhanger, Peeta has indeed gone native. Brainwashed rather than voluntarily switched sides, I imagine, but we'll see.

-Stephen

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