Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But she’s still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans – everyone except Katniss.
And yet she must play the most vital part in the final battle. Katniss must become their Mockingjay – the symbol of rebellion – no matter what the personal cost.
**WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS. SO IF YOU PLAN ON READING THIS BOOK OR THIS SERIES AND DON’T WANT TO READ SPOILERS, DO NOT CONTINUE READING!**
This is going to be less of a review and more of my rambling thoughts about the novel so please bear with me. Following the phenomalness that is The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, I have to be honest and say the finale kind of disappointed me. Don’t get me wrong, the story as a whole was still enjoyable, but I did take issue with a number of things throughout the book.
Le sigh…first and foremost I have to wonder where my kick-ass Katniss disappeared to? Was anyone else disappointed in the watered down version of Katniss we got in this book? I feel like I spent the majority of the book hoping, and waiting, and wanting to see the Katniss that I grew fond of in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but she really never fully showed up in this one. Sure you got a glimpse of her here and there, but the Mockingjay spent way too much time as a puppet to further other’s agendas, and not much to further her own. That is when you could figure out what she was feeling through her muddled thoughts. And when she wasn’t being told, directed and coached on what to do, she was in a drug induced stupor floating in and out of consciousness. She was entirely too woe is me, callous, and complacent. It was to the point that eventually I had a hard time convincing myself that I still gave a damn about what happened to her.
Another problem I had with the book was the fact that almost every time something monumental happens, particularly the capture of President Snow, everything fades to black, the actual action is totally skipped, and Katniss wakes, riddled with drugs, and everything is concluded. WTF! I hate to say this but that is just kind of easy and lazy to me. I was so amped for her to finally find and take out Snow, especially after watching her sister get blown to bits, and she blacks out again, only to find that everything is taken care of. I couldn’t believe it, I felt like somebody robbed me. I couldn’ t believe I went through all of that with her, for it to end the way it did. It was really very frustrating to read.
I am also taking issue with the wonderful people we lost on this book. First of all, I LOVED me some Finnick. And when I say loved I mean I was just as much concerned about him as Katniss and Peeta. I was rooting for him, hoping for him, and ecstatic for him when he finally got to marry the woman he’d loved all those years. So I was heartbroken when he was killed, and upset with the way he was killed. There was no thought, or love in his death, and there was no need for it. I hate that soon after he’d found his happiness, and after a lifetime of terror, it was taken away from him without a second thought. And Prim, highly upset about her. I was in shock that after all Katniss went through to save her sister and keep her safe, she dies anyway. It just made me think, what the hell did I go through all of this for? Because I went through it right along with Katniss, we all did. I was terribly hurt by her death and extremely PISSED! And then I knew for sure Katniss would find and kick Snow’s ass after watching her sister die…I thought that would at least be the fuel to light the fire up under her ass, but, well you all know how that ended up. Just BOO for losing those two, and boo for them both going the way they did.
Also, I thought we would get to know more about Haymitch in this one but we don’t. I wanted to know more about the demons that drove him to seek comfort in alcohol to the extreme that he did. I understand about the Hunger Games, but I was thinking, it had to be more than that. Some possible explanations cropped up in finding out bits and pieces of other characters stories, but nothing definitive to Haymitch. That was a shame to me considering he was such an integral part of their survival. I loved Haymitch, under all the alcohol, he had a heart of gold. He was straight forward and pulled no punches, but he really cared about those kids.
As far as Peeta vs. Gale, I knew within the first 50 pages of Mockingjay which one I wanted her to choose. Which is funny considering my indecision in the first two books. But I have to say I’m team Peeta 100%. Really I could tell just by the way she recalled him, thought of him, and felt for him that he was and would be the one for her. She thought of him much more lovingly and tender than she did Gale. And I have to say, in the midst of war, I didn’t care for who Gale became. I could appreciate him as her friend, but he didn’t have what it took to be anything more. I will say though, I think it sucks the way it all played out. I really wanted her to make a solid decision one way or the other, but like everything else in this book, she just kind of fell into her decision and it was basically made for her when Gale moved off. I mean I knew that she knew from the onset who she belonged with, but I wanted her to face her decision head on.
What I loved about the book was the fact that she recognized, more than anyone else, who Coin was. I felt from the very first that she was just another Snow. I admit she had a decent facade, but she was every bit as manipulative, conniving, and scheming as Snow. So when she took her out I was like YES, but I wanted her to take Snow too. And I wanted to know what happened afterwards…but again, she blacks out, wakes up drugged..same old bullshiggity, yet another cop out. Oh and Peeta…how could you not love this kid? Even after he came back from the capitol hijacked, he was still Peeta. So filled with compassion, understanding, and love. And not just with Katniss, with everyone. Peeta was just good and I absolutely adored him. To me he was about the only person who remained consistent in this book.
Overall, the story was cool just because it wrapped everything up, but I really wanted more from it than we got. While I enjoyed getting a look at all the secondary characters I had come to like in the story, I really missed and longed for the Katniss I got to know in The Hunger Games. I understand the point the author wanted to make about war, it’s not always pretty and sometimes we lose the people we really love because of it, but the majority of Mockingjay just left me sad and cold inside. The people I loved all ended up dead, away, psychologically unbalanced, or inebriated. I did enjoy the piece of happiness Katniss and Peeta managed to eek out in the end. I just hate that it took so much for them to get there, and that the heartache eclipsed the happy.
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