Monday, January 17, 2011

November: Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins

Hi all,

I know, I know. I am the slacker-est Blog-Mom ever. But seriously, right? There’s been so many big changes in my life! I figure my neglect of the blog is worth celebrating. I have lost more than 80 lbs so far, and ladies and gents—that takes timeJ I am also finding myself busier these days with life—it’s a great feeling.

Either way, this blog is a friend of mine, and I don’t want you to think I have forgotten it. Certainly I haven’t. I already lost 80 lbs and quit smoking in 2010—Hmmmmm…maybe my 2011 resolution should be to take better care of the blog? OK! That’s it—I resolve to take better care of the blog in 2011.

First things first: last time we met, we discussed the third and final installment of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy—The Mocking Jay. What a read! It didn’t disappoint—Collins’ story wraps up without a fairy-tale ending. It just wouldn’t have done this work justice. Instead, she leaves her damaged heroes less than perfect, mourning, slightly more broken—but surviving and victorious against the capitol.

Some members of the Third Tuesday Book Club found parts of the ending problematic. For instance, Katniss’ decision to bear children; she swore she would never serve up children to the capitol, and yet she does. Is this because she concedes/is broken/ Or is it because the capitol proper no longer exists? Some members also were not sure if Peeta was the right man for Katniss to end up with. Collins does a great job of explaining that Katniss’s fire is balanced by Peeta’s cool, and that her Gale would have been to fiery. However, some of us Gale fans just didn’t see a problem with an extra-hot pairing—we like Gale’s fire! Unfortunately for those of us playing for Team Gale, Katniss would never be able to allow her passion for Gale to burn if she was constantly nagged by the thought that it may have been his bomb that killed Prim.

Prim’s death served a great purpose in this story. Without it, the horror of war and revolution would not have been made as evident, apparent, or real. Many writers will not touch the theme of death of children or innocents. Collins does so unabashedly, and without being gory. Collins’ ability to portray Katniss’ profound loss of innocence through the death of Prim was the breathtaking.

Overall, this trilogy was one of the best I’ve read in a long time, and an upstanding example of how great Teen Fiction is right now. Un-put-down-able.

Admin:

We are meeting on January 18th at 7:30 in the usual place to discuss Helen’s pick: Lyndon McIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man. Can’t wait to see you there.

In February, we are meeting to discuss Christine’s selection: Room by Emma Donoghue. We will be meeting on February 15th at 7:30 in the usual place.

Christine’s selection also brings us to the end of our list. I have re-done the list, and it is included below. I hope everyone is happy with it, as it was created based on a very random pattern. Try to see if you can guess how I came up with itJ

Without further ado:

March 2011: Darline

April 2011: Sue

May 2011: Helen

June 2011: Paddy

July 2011: Trish

August 2011: Ashley

September 2011: Christine

October 2011: Lynn

November 2011: Jeanette

January 2012: Jenn

Alright, I think that ties everything up for now. I realize the pressure is on for Dar, who has to come with a book fairly fast—everyone else has a few months to think!

See everyone on Tuesday, January 18th at 7:30!