- Publication Date:
- 25 August 2010
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I know a lot of people think this was a bad ending to a great series. I have to disagree. I thoroughly enjoyed Mockingjay.It wasn't the best book in the series, but what finale can ever live up to its first? Katniss is a great heroine, someone who is great to read about, who is crazy and sometimes weak, but she's real. She has flaws, and sometimes they overtake her.Aside from Katniss, Gale's actions felt completely in character. I never really liked him (he was ruthless for the sake of it), and wasn't surprised at his actions. Peeta's brainwashing may have been brushed over a little, but I didn't mind.The only real issue I had with anything in the book was the transition from the ending chapter to the epilogue. It's a bit too sudden, and I would have preferred to see more interaction between Katniss and Peeta after the "Real or not real?" conversation.I would also have loved to know more about Annie and the baby she had after Finnick's death. It's a small thing, but I really did love those two together.Anyways, This is a legitimately good final book of a trilogy. Things are wrapped up, not always in the way you want, but in a way that feels right.
I want to re-read it to make sure I caught everything but this will be like Harry Potter 7, I don't know if I could handle re-reading it. Falling apart once was hard enough.
I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the first two. While some people felt that the ending was rushed, I felt that it went at the perfect pace, to make it go quicker or slower would have been to remove important pieces. You had to feel what Katniss was going through and really understand it before you could move on. The misery and despair that she felt, even at the end, were necessary given the full horror of the underlying motives within the story. To remove them or give her a happier ending would have been to kill what made the story as fascinating and terrifying as it had become. Wonderful book. Wonderful series.
“Mockingjay”, Suzanne Collins final installment in the “Hunger Games” concluded the series with heart pumping action, breathtaking suspense, and gut-wrenching heartbreak. Like the first two books, I found myself unable to put the book down. The moments I was forced to, I found my mind still filled with thoughts of concern for Katniss Everdeen.My journey kept me awake until 4 am, viciously reading with tear stained cheeks. Collins is an author who is not afraid to punish her protagonist and normally I am satisfied with this. I found myself so drawn and attached to Katniss, however, that I couldn’t bring myself to desire a sad life for her. Not since “Twilight” have I felt such an attachment to the main character. Perhaps it was the first person narrative or perhaps it was simply excellent writing on Collin’s part. Whatever brought about the end result the journey was a success. “Mockingjay” is like a modern day 1984 in the sense that Panem is in a quest for government control with little regard for human life. One night at work, forced away from reading, I was pondering how Collins might finish out the novel, going through what I thought would be reasonable conclusions to the story. Collins met and exceeded all of my expectations. By the end of the novel, I was marveling at her creativity and consistency. I could not have asked for a better ending.As I expected, Collins was not afraid to punish Katniss, which increases the relevance of this cautionary tale, but “Mockingjay” took the series to a new level as my heart was broken in ways I never expected. There were no fairy tale beginnings or happy endings. Panem is a sad world where darkness, violences, and depression follow everyone and Katniss is no exception. I applaud Collins for bringing this to the world of young readers, who may not be as drawn to a novel like “1984” or “Brave New World.”In a world where everything is accessible via television, internet, and large bookstores overflowing with teen novels, new ideas seem few and far between. It seems as if everything has been done before, in some form or fashion. Yet still, Collins has managed to bring a fresh and original storyline into the world. I think, I hope, that her book with remain a popular read for a long time and will one day become a staple on school reading lists. I felt sad in putting this book to rest on my bookshelf. While I raced to the end and couldn’t be more content with the life Collins chose for Katniss I was sad that the journey was over. I would recommend this book to everyone as it is one of the best books I have ever read. This book was a gift from Suzanne Collins to the world, wrapped up neatly in the package of a book.
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