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September 13, 2010

Book 18: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


Okay, was that big enough? Because the last thing I want to do is ruin this book for anybody, but I have to vent.

I was beyond disappointed with the ending to the series. I felt like I was reading a completely different book then Hunger Games and Catching Fire.  I know I am in the minority in this opinion, but still, hear me out.

My primary complaint is that I feel like Collins did not do justice to the characters.  I hate to compare the book to Harry Potter, but I have to because for me the experience of reading the two was very similar.  In Harry Potter you had violence and you had death of beloved characters, but I felt like every time a character died Rowling brought them full circle.  Mockingjay felt like a slaughter.  She completely mutilated the Peta I had loved so much.  Katniss lost all of her confidence, all of her focus.  Collins blew poor Prim to bits without even so much as a second thought.  Not to mention poor Finnick! Collins got us to love him and then killed him off a paragraph, never to be spoken of again.

I know that the book had a "realistic" ending.  It probably shouldn't have been happily ever after, after all, the premise is centered around kids killing each other in an arena.  I guess I didn't prepare myself for it be that depressing.  To feel like my characters were left forever changed, for the worst.  My friend who suggested the book told me its because I viewed it as escapist literature instead of understanding what Collins did was bold, to end a series so...raw.  However, I think she could have done better. I think she could have written an ending that not only was realistic, but did justice to the characters.  I know she is a better writer then Mockingjay because she wrote Hunger Games and Catching Fire, both of which had me captivated from the very beginning.

What did you think of Mockingjay

Next up, I am listening to Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin; reading Good in Bed by Jen Lancaster.

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Mojito Maven said...

GAHHHHH me too. My biggest issue was the a. we didn't get to see the trial and b. we didn't get to see Katniss and Peeta fall in love with each other. Basically Collins just said "they grew together." Ummmm no. I wanted to SEE it.

And Gale? I wanted to see more from him than just shipping him off to District 2. I wanted to see what happened to him. Did he fall in love? Start a family? Forgive himself with what happened to Prim? I NEEDED MORE.

I DID like MJ, but I felt the last 50 pages were a cop out. I felt like she didn't do it justice, that the readers and fans deserved to see Katniss learn to LOVE and to LIVE.

/rant over.

mm said...

I agree with you - the things I didn't like about the book primarily centered around how she handled the deaths of Prim and Finnick. They were two of my favorite characters and their deaths weren't given much more than one sentence.
Overall, I liked the book because it gave me closure to the series and I wanted to know what happened, but I didn't love it. I thought there were some loose threads, and story lines that could have been handled better... Definitely NOT on par with the first 2 in the series.

Jamie said...

I was disappointed too. I cried SO much for the last hundred pages and I expected something really climactic. I did not get it. I cried more.

I think the series is still amazing though, and the more distance I get from the ending, the less it bugs me. I also think it could be filmed really beautifully for when this series (inevitably) becomes a movie. So I'm reluctantly hopeful.

Rachel said...

YESSSSS! Oh you said it all so well. As another HP fan, I think you said this perfectly. The whole book felt like a big circle of fighting, to the point where I quickly lost interest. This never happened in the first two books. And the end was odd. So much I would have liked to have seen.

Love your honesty here!!


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