Mockingjay, the third and final book in the addicting Hunger Games series, is currently in my possession. I haven't started reading it yet, I'm just savoring the hope and possibilities contained in these last 390 pages. If you are finishing or maybe waiting to begin Catching Fire save this post for another day. For others, in this delectable period of anticipation, there is an important question that simply must be asked: Are you gonna be all like, "Pick Peeta!" or are do you consider yourself more of a "Go Gale!" kinda gal? (I apologize, imaginary male reader. If someday you become real I'll attempt to be more inclusive in my wording.)
The relationship dynamics between Katniss and her revolutionary partners/loving admirers inform the characters in appealing and telling ways. Gale is at a serious disadvantage, as he has so much less page time than Peeta. Yet we know that he is loyal and brave ... oh, and very, very handsome. Peeta, the artist who cannot walk quietly through the woods, has a less obvious sort of strength. He is engaging and clever, and also vulnerable in his less-practical skill set and undying devotion. I enjoyed the subtle role reversal that makes Peeta the emotional hero of the narrative, while Katniss is the physical and intellectual one.
Nothing like a little love triangle to inspire division. Who's your man?
|Drawing by Burdge_Bug and colored by Audreleigh|