Suzanne Collins' (shown here) most loyal fans will read Mockingjay, the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, no matter what the reviews say. But for those on the fence, here's a sampling of the first reviews for the book, which was released at midnight. (No spoilers included.) Nancy will be posting a more thorough review later this week.
Los Angeles Times -- Where "The Hunger Games" set the stage for the unusual post-apocalyptic world in which Katniss [Everdeen] first rose up from her inconsequential and impoverished life as an ace archer to win fame as a killer with a heart (and to become an unpredictable antihero for the masses), and "Catching Fire" uses that same stage to prime the pump for a brewing rebellion, "Mockingjay" takes readers into new territories and an even more brutal and confusing world: one where it's unclear what sides the characters are on, one where presumed loyalties are repeatedly stood on their head.
USA Today -- Still torn between two boys who love her, [Katniss] has been cast as the symbol of resistance in a civil war where both sides air televised propaganda and play with reality. The tactics prompt Katniss and other combatants to repeatedly ask each other, "Real or not real?" But it's no game. ... The novel's biggest surprises are found elsewhere. Hope emerges from despair. Even in a dystopian future, there's a better future.
Entertainment Weekly -- Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Collins has kicked the brutal violence up a notch in an edge-of-your-seat plot that follows Katniss as she tries to fulfill her role, protect her mother and sister and, in the end, finally choose between her two greatest loves.