You know that I've been home, more or less with my hands tied, for over a week, right? Its been frustrating, boring, annoying, boring. Did I mention boring?
So I've been reading. Lots.
I have now finished The Hunger Games trilogy and ... I am NOT happy.
Allow me to indulge myself in a little literary criticism. And a serious whine.
The books were great. Suspenseful, exciting. They reminded me of my favourite book of all time The Chrysalids, though they have nothing in common other than the fact that they're based on civilisations after a major world catastrophe.
Book one was the best. Book two was great, though by then Katniss' wishy-washy flip-flopping between Gale and Peeta were starting to grate on my nerves.
Book three was fine. It was ok.
If you didn't mind that the main character spent so much time unconscious or drugged out on pain meds and had to have events recounted to her rather than experiencing them.
Then things just come to an abrupt but conveniently tidy end.
Seriously. Its like the author got bored or ran into a deadline and hurried to finish the book, tying up as many loose ends as she could in the last few pages. Ends she'd spent books unravelling in the first two books. S
Gale becomes some kind of war specialist in the army. Haymitch goes back to drinking. Peeta, who had been brainwashed by the enemy into hating Katniss doesn't go through some heart wrenching re-discovery of his love for her. Katniss doesn't have any emotional scenes where she breaks down and admits her love for Peeta. In fact there are no scenes at all at the end of the book. Its just an epilogue.
It goes from Katniss shooting the new president in the chest with an arrow, her blanking out, waking up as a prisoner in her room for a long time, gong back to her home in district 12 and then she and Peeta eventually marry and after 15 years or so he convinces her to have children so they have two all in the space of the final few pages...
It was such a let down.
Ok. I'm over it now. I just had to complain about it to someone who cares (you care don't you?)
But I'm over it.
Its just such a dismissive ending!
Ok. I'm over it.