WARNING THERE WILL BE MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW…
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games Series
Publisher: Scholastic Corporation
Publish Date: August 24, 2010
Genres: YA, Dystopia
My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.
“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”
After spending the past week and a half listening to the audiobook, I suddenly remembered why I did not like this book…at all (which is saying something). Maybe it’s because there aren’t actually any games and it’s all politics, maybe its because I think Katniss choose the wrong guy in the end, or maybe because there was too much unnecessary death. Sure, Mockingjay might have been a good book if it was the first in a series, but as the last and final book of one of the most popular books series…it frankly sucked.
So let’s begin (
this is going to be fun). We’re left with one of the biggest cliff hangers after Catching Fire, which is where Mockingjay begins. We realize that Peeta is taken prisoner by the Capital, along with other important characters, and Katniss is suffering from PTSD. It is made clear that District 13 is alive and well, which annoyed me very much. If district 13 had all of the advanced technology, then why couldn’t it have helped 12? Apparently there not that far from each other. Almost all of District 12’s population was killed in a bombing (that’s never really explained very well). President Coin, the leader of 13 then suddenly makes an appearance, and from the beginning you can tell (well at least i could) that she is up to know good. It can be argued that she has the same motives as Snow. President Snow thinks of Katniss as a disposable asset, and once her job is done, she can be killed. LIKE WHAT? HOW DID KATNISS NOT SEE THIS….okay maybe I’m being too harsh on her but still.
Then there’s Gale, sweet Gale. Oh how you always get the short end of the stick. He was always there for Katniss, protecting her, her family, even Peeta…and what did Peeta do…pretty much nothing but get into trouble (and almost killed). Now I first read this book about three years ago, and thought wow Gale is such a jerk, I’m glad that she stuck with Peeta in the end. But now..oh have the tables turned. It wasn’t Gale’s fault that Prim got killed. So what is gale helped design the bombs on the Capital. I’m pretty sure it’s made clear that he didn’t 100% know what they would be used for. And what does Katniss do..totally abandon him. She never contacts him, or anything. I believe (even though its not written) that even after Katniss choose Peeta, Gale still loved her and will love no one else like he loved Katniss….in conclusion: Team Gale
As for the unnecessary deaths: BOGGS AND FINNICK DID NOT NEED TO DIE!!. I’ll admit I saw Boggs’ death coming. When ever a book makes so much hype about a certain situation, someone’s going to die..I’m certain of it. I liked Boggs, he was a good authority figure that helped get Katniss back to herself. He was able to work with her, even when she was dealing with Peeta. BUT AS FOR FINNICK, there was no reason why she should have died..none what so ever. They way he died annoyed me even more. Lizards, like really? He was finally with Anne, they were going to have a child together. And he had such an influential moment in the book (and movie) about spilling the secrets of President Snow. I’m still not over his death,,and probably won’t be. this might be the number one reason why I don’t want to see the Part 2 movie. I don’t want to watch this on the big screen…not happening.
And last but not least we have Peeta. Sweet little Peeta. I forgot how much of a jerk he is during the second half of the book. He literally has no filter (but I really shouldn’t be mean, he was tortured severely). He did nothing but burden everyone around. Coin should have never sent him as a replacement to the Capital. But then again it wouldn’t have been a very good book if everything that I think is wrong was fixed. I really do believe he should have let Katniss be with Gale. I’m not sure if Katniss really loved him, because I got the impression that Peeta need protection, and Katniss was the only one to do that.
Okay well that was fun.. loved to hear what you think about this…I know this is rant more than a review
I give it: