So it's actually only been a few hours since I posted that last post where I was all too excited about finishing the book "Mockingjay" (the third Hunger Games book), and expressed my love for the series, and yadda yadda.
Well, I'm not feeling so good about that now. In fact, my opinion has been completely turned around with finishing the third book. Without giving away any specific spoilers, I don't think I've ever read anything so disturbing in all my life; yes, the other two books in the series aren't the brightest books I've ever read either: but the final installment just reaches a new level that was just a bit too much for me to handle. I don't know that a book has ever impacted me so negatively before; so much so that I had to bring it downstairs after I was finished, because I don't even want it in my room.
The author makes these books so real, as she writes it from Katniss' point of view, in the present tense. I actually don't know if that's what you'd call it...but it's written in the style of "I'm doing this, I'm feeling this, I'm seeing this", so that it's as if the reader is Katniss, if that makes sense. So as you get attached to characters around her, and then they're mercilessy killed, it has an impact on you. And if you're me, the kind of person who gets way too into the books she's reading, it's just...not a good experience. At all. Enough so, that I actually get upset when I think of certain characters. (I know, I know, "it's just a book". Well, I don't care).
I loved the first book. It caught my interest, drew me in like no other book has ever done before. Katniss may just be the best book character I've ever "encountered", and I almost can't help but think that turning her into a movie character is something she, as a character, would be disgusted at ;)
But nonetheless, if I'm being honest, I truly cannot recommend these books to anyone. Near the end, I was hardly able to finish it...but of course, I just had to know what happened. And I did, in fact, mostly like the very final ending of the book. But at the same time, I didn't. I would've liked more explanation. But alas, my journey through the Hunger Games series is over, and I'm pretty positive it's going to stay over.
I'm also pretty positive I'll be having some frightening dreams tonight.
(I'm even debating on just staying up a while longer, simply because I know for a fact I'm going to have messed up dreams. Blahhh)