Today's the day: UPS drivers beware--today at long last eager Amazon customers finally get their hands on Mockingjay, the highly anticipated final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, and they are likely to rush your truck--much like they did for Harry Potter. #Mockingjay is a trending topic on Twitter and while we haven't seen any full reviews yet, here are some early quotes "One word: epic", "awesome so far," "Really think this is the best of them all," "excellent first 2 chaps."
An advance read: Mockingjay is expected to be the biggest release of the summer, and perhaps the year, for the young adult and teen market but there is always a fear (at least in this reader's mind) that the final book, long awaited and heavily embargoed, could disappoint. Not so, says Susan Carpenter of the L.A, Times. As Tom noted yesterday in his Omni post, Carpenter's review is glowing:
Fans aren't likely to be disappointed...Unfolding in Collins' engaging, intelligent prose and assembled into chapters that end with didn't-see-that-coming cliffhangers, this finale is every bit the pressure cooker of its forebears...a series conclusion that is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as 'The Hunger Games.' Wow.
Who will play her in the movies?: Speculation was already underway as to who will play Katniss in the forthcoming Hunger Games movie--said to begin production in 2011--and last time I checked New York magazine was giving Saoirse Ronan, the star of Atonement and The Lovely Bones, 4 to 1 odds.
How are you spending the day?: I expect there will be many cases of sudden illness today--Mockingjay fever, if you will, as fans decide to spend the day in the Capital with Katniss instead of the office. What do you think, Omni reader--best ending to a trilogy since J.R.R. Tolkien's Return of the King? And what will you read now, as we anxiously wait for Suzanne Collins to reveal her next book project? No spoilers please, I'm still reading...
Here's how four early readers are spending their day: