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Suspenseful ‘Mockingjay’ shines

Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), left, Sam Clafin (Finnick Odair), back left, Messalla (Evan Ross), back right and Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) star in the film "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2." / Murray Close, Lionsgate via The Associated Press

Reviewed by Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent

   Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy finally comes to a long-awaited but bittersweet conclusion in “Mockingjay, Part 2.” The film resumes its storyline exactly where the first “Mockingjay” movie left off, beginning the final leg of the story in an almost anticlimactic manner.
Though there are a few slower moments near the film’s start, it quickly picks up the pace as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) heads to the front lines of the rebellion.
After a failed attempt to recruit Capitol loyalists to the uprising, Katniss smuggles herself to the Capitol’s outskirts, fully prepared to assassinate her nemesis, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Instead, she finds herself being manipulated into filming more propaganda movies — this time in the middle of a war zone. Alone in the bleak and decimated Capitol, Katniss and a familiar team of allies face deadly “pods,” a range of booby traps that are designed for one purpose: to kill. The emotional tension increases when both Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are placed on Katniss’ squad, thrusting the series’ love triangle into life-or-death situations together.
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Author shares experience with area students

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By Zoie Nelson
Times-News correspondent

   As a first-generation American, Paul Cuadros always wanted to make a difference and be a voice for those who didn’t have one.
Cuadros was covering a story on the growing Latino population in Chatham County for Times magazine but still found himself with nothing to do.
“I love it here now but back then I was bored out of my mind,” he said during a visit to Williams High School on Nov. 20 to talk about his book, “A Home on the Field.”
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‘Looking for Alaska’ is a unique, thought-provoking read

“Looking for Alaska,” by John Green. Copyright 2005, Dutton Books. (223 pages, $8.92)

Reviewed by Leeann Williams
Times-News correspondent

   John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” deals with mixed-up feelings about love, life and self-discovery. Miles Halter is a high school junior who doesn’t have a lot of friends. He has a quirky obsession with remembering people’s last words. Miles moves away from his safe life in Florida to Culver Creek, a boarding school in Alabama seeking his “Great Perhaps.”
At Culver Creek, there are the Weekday Warriors who are rich enough to go home every weekend, then there are scholarship students. Miles meets Chip, Takumi, Lara and the mysterious Alaska. They organize epic pranks against the Weekday Warriors and the Dean also known as The Eagle.
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