THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS SPOILERS!
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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