REVIEW #81: Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy #3)

Reading time: 2 – 4 minutes

Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
ISBN: 978-0439023511
Pages: 400
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Mockingjay, to say the least, was not my favorite of the three. In fact, I almost wish I hadn’t read it. Mockingjayleft me with a sense of disrespect for Katniss, who (over the previous two books) I had come to love and admire. Katniss was a character of passion and strength. But something happened to her.

Maybe life just got to her but she turned into such a weakling. Every turn of the page something happens in which she SHOULD have died, but even the enemy comes to the rescue and all is well again. She whines. She talks about her recovery and then she’s back on the semi-battlefield.

The war, this time, was very disappointing. Although Collins discusses neat futuristic weapons of war, there is something lacking in the “puzzle” that made the fights so enjoyable and stressful to read in Hunger Gamesand Catching Fire.  This time, Katniss doesn’t really HAVE to use her mind, as there are a bunch of people there helping. Katniss doesn’t HAVE to be strong because it’s not the part she’s playing. Katniss just.. is there.

mockingjay-coverIt was disappointing.

Then don’t even get me started on the whole Gale/Katniss/Peeta love triangle. For some reason, I always invisioned she would end up with Gale. He was her best friend — the one that I always felt in my heart Katniss loved. I also felt that Peeta was a pity love. Peeta kind of reminded me of my college boyfriend — in that he’s a great guy and treats Katniss like a Queen but the spark’s not there. Katniss wants to love him, but it’s a guilt kind of feeling. I never BELIEVED Katniss could love him — so why does she end up in such a depressing marriage with Peeta? (He “convinces” her to have kids?) Oh come on. In Hunger Games & Catching Fire.. no one “convinces” Katniss.

What the HELL happened to her??!

I think Collins sold out on this book. With such a success over the first two — she knew she wouldn’t have to invest a lot of time or thought into the last book because “people would buy it anyway”. I don’t really think that is a sign of a true author — to lesson the quality just because it’ll sell no matter what. I mean, just look at JK Rawling who kept it happening book after book after book. So, Collins, you semi-disappoint.

Katniss should have gone out with a BANG! Instead she went out with a pop!-fizzle. Ppsfffhhh. Well .. at least now I have The Scorch Trials by James Dashner to look forward to. (Please don’t disappoint, Mr. Dashner! I am counting on you!)

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2 Comments

  1. Diane says

    I have finished the series(audio style). I was captivated by the first two books. I totally agree with your review of this book. Katniss was a disappointment.

  2. Mandy says

    Wow! Your site has so much to look at! Anyway, I haven’t read any of this series yet…I think I may be the only person on earth who hasn’t….but it is nice to read a review of someone who isn’t completely entranced from the get-go.

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