Thursday, August 26, 2010


Mockingjay, the final installment of The Hunger Games trilogy is here and it is not for the squeamish or faint of heart.  The excitement in these books is breathtaking but the violence is, well, pretty awful.  So be warned.  The horror does not abate in the third book.  It is compellingly awful and fascinating to the very end where readers finally get a moment of peace. Collins has a lot to say about society's obsession with "entertainment" (just look at what passes for "reality" on reality TV) and society's equally disturbing insistence on revenge.  That said, I stayed up until midnight finishing this book and sighed with relief and appreciation when it was all done.

Before the book came out, teens at the Parkland Community Library took a Mockingjay quiz about what they predicted would happen in the third book.  The quiz was multiple choice and contained the YS staff's best guess on what might happen.  Take a look, just for fun, and see if you could have done better.

While waiting for your turn to check out Mockingjay, here is a list of books with similar themes of oppressive future societies.

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