This review has spoilers BitchesWhat were you doing when you were 16 Checking your boobs each morning to see if the Boob Fairy had paid you a visit Sneaking out of the house to the park down the street where you and your six friends would share a single can of beer and pretend you re drunk Making out Homework Fighting with your parents Watching scary movies Katniss is sixteen years old and she s been in two Hunger Games, fighting against twenty odd opponents to the death Then she becomes the symbol of the rebel leadership and helps overthrow an evil empire before she can legally drink.So I suppose it s really ridiculous of anyone to expect her capable of then going on to be president of this new world after everything she s been through Nobody would be evil enough to force that on her considering her fragile mental stateExcept me image error 3.5 starsWell, hmmm I m not sure how to react to Mockingjay I didn t love it and I m not sure it satisfied me, but it was a disturbing read that will stick with me Sadly, I can t say that I ll be recommending the series as fervently as I did after reading The Hunger Games Not that the series isn t good, but I m not longer sure it s for the masses of YA readers.Like Catching Fire, Mockingjay took awhile for me to get into When the pages turned into the triple digits and I wasn t hooked, I got worried it wouldn t be epic And maybe that s problem I expected this to match The Hunger Games when I don t think anything can Like Catching Fire, the stakes are upped, the gruesomeness of war real, and the intensity fierce And in the end, that was my biggest problem In my opinion, this crossed the line with violence into shock value for the sake of shock value Yes, it s meant to be thought provoking and show the price of war to humanity, but at the peak of all this violence, I pulled out of the story It wasn t President Snow or President Coin I hated that name torturing Katniss it was Collins I could see the questions running through her head What is the worst thing I could do to Katniss What will break her the most In war, the casualties fall randomly, if heavily, but this was all targeted at Katniss The death that should have hurt most hardly fazed me view spoiler Primrose hide spoiler My Name Is Katniss EverdeenWhy Am I Not Dead I Should Be DeadKatniss 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 Really Does Exist There Are Rebels There Are New Leaders A Revolution Is UnfoldingIt 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 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 KatnissThe 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 WHAT THE FUCK KIND OF AN ENDING IS THAT SERIOUSLY, WHAT THE FUCK KIND OF AN ENDING IS THAT Ok, short summary This is day 3 of my Hunger Games binge after I watched the last movie last Saturday without knowing anything about the books and not having watched any of the movies First book Awesome Second book Glorious Third book FUUUUUUUU wails out something that sounds like fuck you, Peeta So now I know what a Mockingjay is and I can probably eat it , I know who Coin is, I know who President Snow is, and I know why Peeta is so thin And now that we ve gotten that over withWhat the fuck happened to Katniss How did she end up being so admirable and awesome in the first two books and turned into such a sniveling, squishy mess in this one The answer Peeta.What the fuck happened to Peeta Ok, fine, we know what happened to Peeta, but that doesn t make it any better because he s collateral damage And Katniss is the one who gets hurt with her stupid obsession of him.In this book, Gale was my favorite He s the voice of reason It s war, people have to die in order for there to be peace And Katniss is like all noooooooo, we have to save ALL THE PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE ONE WHO COULD GET US ALL KILLED Because I love d him NO Fuck your single mindedness, Katniss YOU HAD ONE JOB And it s to save your people, not your boyfriend, fianc , whatever.And that ending That stupid ending I m sorry, I know that life doesn t always turn out well, but dammit, Suzanne Collins, you put us through the wringer with the last two books You made us care about these people, and WE DESERVE A BETTER ENDING THAN THAT. i NEVER thought i d ever rate this book below a 5but here i am.and the only reason i gave it a three even is because the first two books of the hunger games were just SO GOOD they brought this one upby three stars honestly, i ve waited so long for mockingjay to come out i practically peed my pants on august 24th and now that i ve finally finished the book thanks to a full day of obsessive reading meals not included all i can feel is annoyance annoyance and disappointment annoyance that katniss let herself be so easily used, didn t really care about anything, and was idle for so much of the book and disappointment that you never really get any closure with gale, peeta wasn t there for a third of the book, and he wasn t himself for almost all of it but mostly just mad that nothing really happened for large portions of the book like katniss seemed kinda stuck all throughout i ve always loved her because she was a character that didn t break down easily but mental breakdowns seemed like her favorite activity in this book she spent like a fourth of the book missing peeta but she never actually DID anything about it and then when he was saved she barely even talked to him let alone tried to help him okay spoiler alert one of the only bright spots of this book is finding out about finnick s past i was definitely surprised by all he had to say it made me like him even i can honestly say he was the only character that didn t annoy me once in mockingjay AND THEN HE DIED i am SO MAD that finnick and cinna s death were pretty much considered inconsequential like yeah, katniss was sad, but neither of them got like a dramatic tragical death it was just yeah they died it sucks and that really bummed me out cause i LOVED them both i thought finnick s death was three times as devastating as prims, mostly because i feel like we never got to know prim well enough to really mourn her death but for finnick i had to go back and reread the page several times before i could actually accept that he had died and even then i hoped he would magically pop to life again and not a single tear shed for him from katniss NOT OKAY even though this was the book where the most characters died, it was also the book where i didn t cry once reading it mostly because katniss didn t seem to really even care about anything which sort of killed my sympathy and sparked annoyance instead and yeahh so back to the whole non closure thing with gale it was just so anticlimatic and lacking i ve been a peeta supporter since the first chapter of the first book and even i hated how katniss and gale ended i don t know i just think that maybe i was expecting this last book to follow basically the same format as the hunger games and catching fire, and i m just ridiculously like seriously to the point where it s pathetic disappointed that it took such a different turn and now that i know the entire series is over so that s the only ending i m gonna get katniss s shining moment appeared near the end though when she decided to shoot coin instead of president snow it almost brought back the old hunger games and catching fire rational and strong katniss almost but then she had to go and try to get herself addicted to morphine in a suicide attempt bleh i always knew this was a somewhat dark series, but this book was just so bleak reading it was pretty much equivalent to cutting my wrists perhaps no amount of writing could ever have helped suzanne collins live up to my sky high expectations of this book but still.the book could have been better a lot better. This just in the movie adaptation, Mockingjay Part 1, was absolutely outstanding I ve seen both of the other movies for this series, and while I enjoyed them greatly, the third instalment was on another level entirely It s one of the best movies I ve seen in a very, very long time Good job, movie people You made a meh book into a stellar piece of cinema Those two stars are for the last ten pages, which were absolutely outstanding Probably the best ten pages of the series The 380 pages before that, however, deserve nothing The first 380 pages can kiss my ass.This book was a fucking slog I kid you not This book tried me to the point of breaking About halfway through, I was ready to feed the damn thing to my dog I m not the biggest Hunger Games fan Y all know that However, when I read Catching Fire, after its predecessor disappointed me, I was STOKED to read Mockingjay Catching Fire was just fantastic I really, really and truly enjoyed it Mockingjay was a bloodbath If you re sensitive to pointless deaths and gratuitous violence, then this is not the book for you.Actually, I like that word Gratuitous It describes this book perfectly Everything in this book was gratuitous and over the top, from the wangst to the ridiculous romantic interludes in the middle of battle scenes, and from the candy gore violence to the stupid, overly disgusting deaths of several characters who did not need to die There s also the writing, which is so overwrought it s not even like the author took the sparseness of the first book and butchered it It s like she took the sparseness, fed it to her dog, fed the dog to a crocodile, fed the crocodile to a Tyrannosaurus rex, cut the Tyrannosaurus rex up into steaks, sold the steaks in Soho to a cabaret dancer, A bombed the cabaret dancer s house, collected the ashes, mixed them into fluorescent paint, and then splattered the paint all over the White House in D.C Because we, as readers who have stuck by and read the entire series through, need an entire page of Creative Writing Class explanation on what the Hanging Tree song means It s like in the first book, when we were constantly being told exactly what the dandelions represent And in Catching Fire, when the meaning being the clock was spelled out in an I AM SYMBOLISM manner Everything, from Katniss s clothes which she s weirdly fixated with to her circular, drier than Egyptian sand inner monologues were painstakingly pored over to the point of ridiculousness Yes Ridiculousness Shall I repeat that again Ridiculousness.One time No Ridiculousness Ridiculousness.Contrary to the masses, I love reading books where loads of lovable characters die in the final fight I love going through that grief, feeling the torment of watching one of my beloved friends die a bloody death In fact, in my own work, I have a death list I kid you not I literally have a list of the most beloved characters, and I ve put stars in red pen against all those who die.There are many red stars on that list But what I do not enjoy, and what I found far too much of in Mockingjay, are pointless deaths Deaths that don t ensure anyone else s survival, are excessively undignified, or never grieved for Finnick, Mesalla, Mitchell, Boggs, and Cinna all died ridiculous deaths that really did nothing to aid Katniss s bringing down the Capitol Essentially, they were all just Mauve Shirts, and they had been all along I mean, fine If the author wanted to kill these characters, go ahead and do it It s actually not the fact that the characters died that bothered me Yes, I was absolutely distraught over the death of Finnick he just married Annie Annie was pregnant What the fuck kind of sadist kills that but given the choice myself I d probably kill him too But the way in which Finnick dies is nonsensical YA is a tricky field in which to write dystopian True dystopian always deals with death It always deals with untimely death, tragic lives and terrible situations in which people are abused and scarred, in any and every way But YA is inspiring to young people YA is a window to different ideologies and isms held up by other people for instance, Mockingjay is a clear message against war But YA is also meant for a broad audience of a younger age, and that comes with a responsibility to instill a message that yes, will inspire, but coax some kind of hope out of readers Some kind of desire to be a better person Some kind of knowledge that there are wonderful things in the world worth salvaging, and weathering difficult patches in life will ultimately result in a brighter future.This sounds idealistic, I know But this series is shelved in Children s Kids as young as 12 are picking these books up, and what are they finding The world sucks People suck Give up, and stop caring, because nothing good will ever come of trying Perseverance will get you nowhere Suicide and alcoholism will make you feel better No Where is Katniss Who s the drugged up shadow that s replaced her In Mockingjay, this fickle, doom and gloom girl is not the battleaxe we met in The Hunger Games This Katniss is constantly waking up in hospital, taking drugs and completely losing the will to fight for the people she loves Her voice is flat, drab, full of a whole lot of wangst surrounding the love triangle that, during the latter half of the book, became one of the very main concerns What I hear a lot of guff about this not being a romance, but it s quite clear that it is And the scene in Tigris s cellar when Katniss pretends to sleep, but actually lies awake listening to Gale and Peeta talk about how they both love her unconditionally, and are perfectly fine to let her choose who she ll pick like a carton of juice off the shelf in the supermarket, and who she ll dump on his ass Brought back some pretty pungent T word memories Gale and Peeta have absolutely no self respect, and this scene was totally unrealistic People do not behave like that in real life Think about it you re sitting facing the person who you know has been fooling around with the person you wholeheartedly love, and have done for years The person you one day see yourself marrying Are you really going to say, Oh, I know how he she feels about you I know he she has been making out with you behind my back, just after making out with me I m cool with that I get it No biggie Don t even lie I know that if I were Peeta or Gale, I d be absolutely furious with Katniss I d demand to know why I was being toyed with, used even, and frankly I d walk away I d pick up my dignity and get out of there, because being treated like a piece of chewy candy in a pack of two that she can t decide whether or not to eat is an insult, and unspeakably degrading I kind of wanted Katniss to end up alone Yes, once I d forced myself to come to terms with the fact that that wasn t going to happen, I did enjoy the last ten pages greatly Greatly They were quite beautiful, actually, as long as I pushed myself to suck up everything I hated about the miserable and hopeless tone of this book What I didn t enjoy was Gale s end What happened to him Oh, he s in District 2 And what s he doing in Distict 2 Dunno How did he get there Dunno Why did he go there Dunno How does he feel about Katniss being with Peeta out of default, not either one s choice Dunno What s he going to do with his life now Where is he going to live What s going to happen to this character that we ve been forced upon for almost three whole books, and 1200 pages, and who s played a huge part in the story of Katniss s life UhI dunno.I also couldn t believe Katniss s trial just happened without us What the heck Katniss is moping and plotting her suicide gratuitously in her room in the Capitol, and then one day Haymitch wanders in and says, Your trial s over You re free as a bird Yes, Katniss is free as a bird She goes home and lives out the rest of her days as she pleases and her mother just buggers off too, like Gale did Where s your mom, Katniss Oh, somewhere This whole thing felt like a sputtering fizzle out of what really should have been a fantastic series Part way through Catching Fire, I was considering that this series may even be literary, but Mockingjay spat on that This is commercial YA, through and through Yeah, the strong message about war and the hopelessness of Katniss tries to cover it up, but it has everything silly love triangle, cackling villain, and the fate of the world resting on a teenager s shoulders What s that Oh, yeah This is silly Silly Katniss s Mockingjay role was equally silly One minute Katniss is insisting, I M THE MOCKINGJAY BITCH and then the next, she says that she just doesn t care about it She doesn t care about the Mockingjay, or all the stupid TV spots they do, or anything really And then BAM I M THE MOCKINGJAY BITCH Katniss got on my nerves here As did her constant use of arrows in futuristic combat What is that Since when was there an explosive that could fit on the head of an arrow and blow up an entire airship Why am I even trying to reason this The bow and arrows did not have a place in the world of Mockingjay It seemed overwhelmingly stupid for Katniss to still be using arrows, a prehistoric weapon, when everyone else around her was using firearms and bombs There s also the sheath business, which is just ridiculous It literally takes 0.40 seconds to Google bow and arrows and find that arrows are held in a quiver See Simple The writing in this book irritated me The first hundred pages are almost comically boring, and the prose suffers under nonsensical fragments, run on sentences and huge internal monologues in the middle of conversations It s just damn hard to read Mockingjay was such a flop for me While the idea of exploring PTSD in war veterans was very interesting, it was employed in such a way that it brought the narrative in this book to a painful grind There was absolutely no hope left within Katniss, and her complete derailment just destroyed any hope left in the message of this book The writing was irritating, the deaths pointless, the violence totally over the top Mockingjay was a great big depressing flop.Bonus Time SPOILERS Ugh I was just thankful that I decided to be grown up and not wait until midnight to get this book and then stay up all night reading it I kindled it early this morning and ignored my kids for 4 hours and got through it This book makes you realize how much the storyline in the first two depended upon the tension created by the love triangle In Mockingjay, the author robs her readers of what they I crave By the end, everything is so messed up that Peeta vs Gale became OH snap Who even cares any I couldn t help but be disappointed it was so violent, everyone dies I CANNOT forgive Collins for taking away both Finnick and Prim and even though there is a nicely packaged epilogue, I wanted EXPECTED out of this final installment I have to chalk this work up to Twilight Syndrome gifted authors with an original page turning first book, followed by hurried, increasingly poorly written and thought out sequels.Bottom line You have to read it, but don t spend money on it wait and borrow it from your friend And then fondly recall the excellence of the first book. B 78% Good NotesRather than tell an interesting story, it s meant above all to repulse us into reflection on the cruelty and horror of war. I m never very good at predicting outcomes Nothing I could ve predicted would have been quite as good as this Although I did get close a very distant close on a few things, and I was right in saying that it wouldn t be walking through a field of flowers and sunshine A book like this just couldn t be.It s good, and yet not good Because it s good in a very heartbreaking, chilling, haunting, intense way.Katniss is a different person from the first two books I found her softer, thoughtful, and also open granted, she s still kind of a brat sometimes But don t we all have our moments In the first two books, even though the story is told by her, she s very closed off with us This book is filled with emotion, and I liked her best in this book, even though it s a tragedy of sorts As I m stewing over the novel I read every word of yesterday, I think, Did I really love it And then, How could I love it I shake my head I can t love something so terribly sad and at times grotesque Something so painful Truthfully, I don t think I loved it Love isn t the right word It was a fantastic novel I don t think I can come up with any better way for a trilogy of this kind to come to a close The perfect note of sadness and sweetness, pain and healing all mixed up in a jumble This book was far severe than the first two Much harder to read, and with emotional depth, I think Sometimes I just had to close the book for a while and breathe because I needed to stop for a bit, to regroup myself so I could get through a certain part Collins wove in a few questions to ponder Where do you draw the line Do you give just what you got Should you show mercy to those who haven t shown mercy to you Is it right to kill innocent people just because the leaders on their side of the line killed innocent people on your side Contrary to what some believe, this is not an anti war book Actually, I think Collins is trying to get us to ask ourselves questions about what justifies war, and where the line should be drawn between justice and vengeance Not that we shouldn t fight, but that we know what s worth fighting for.Several notable characters die It s painful, and it hurts to read it Some believe that these characters didn t get enough homage But since this is told from first person, maybe it s just too painful for Katniss to dwell on those deaths The last three pages make all the heavy, intense, painfulness of the rest of the book almost worth it, in a strange way Bittersweet is the perfect word The sense of loss underlying the message that life really does goes on, even when we don t see how it possibly can Sometimes we need a little help to pick ourselves off the floor and start again I wasn t disappointed with the ending, but I am disappointed that it s the end It left me feeling emotionally drained and like I d lost something I m not sure if I m shell shocked or simply worn out by the intensity of it all I m glad, in a way, that it ended like it did I m also sad, and a little confused Not because I didn t like the ending, but because I simply feel emptied out for the time being I just wishI wish that there could have been happiness for these characters that I love so much I think that unfulfilled wish is, at the end of the day, why I m feeling this way right now In time the feeling will pass, I know, but at the moment I m sorry for it No matter how I enjoyed this book and I did, I really did , I m in a sort of grieving state Happiness was there in the end, but it just wasn t enough to compensate for all the sadness Then again, I think that was the point.It s a very rare thing to find a trilogy like this one, and I ll always hold a place in my heart for the girl who was on fire pre release Waiting for this is torturous I finished Catching Fire and wanted this in my hands immediately.Oh Suzanne, please let Peeta live without becoming seriously maimed again , either I know it s stupid, but I want a happy ending Not like uber happy, of course, I m not unrealisticbut I just want to finish this trilogy humming and skipping around the house yeah, laugh I don t care rather than lying around depressed afterwards wondering what went wrong cause I just hate when that happens.P.S I m not making any predictions because it feels like either my wishful thinking or my most dreaded outcome I can t find a balance in between Call me weird All I can say without bias is that the ending will not be all walkin in a field of flowers and happiness P Update 11 28 14 So, of course I had to read it again after getting only half of the story from the Mockingjay movie Unsurprisingly, cried and cried again My feelings basically remain the same about this installment Structurally, the novel is quite messy There is such a big game going on and Katniss motivations and actions don t always make sense to me But the ending is brilliant, especially the final chapters I need something to cheer me up ASAP.Let s face it, a series is only as good as its last book Is a kitchen towel drenched in my tears a good indicator of the quality of Mockingjay I think it is, considering that I am not a crying over books type I think this book is a FANTASTIC ending of a FANTASTIC series.The book is lying next to me now, so deceitful in appearance, with its innocent, bright, cheerful cover Who knew there would be so much darkness hidden between its pages, so much heartache Mockingjay is indeed a DARK, DARK book full of deaths, sacrifices, torture, betrayal and despair, a book which takes you to a very disturbing but very real place.I have no doubt the novel will have thousands of readers livid, especially the crowd of readers who mistakenly think The Hunger Games trilogy is mostly dedicated to Team Gale Team Peeta dilemma with some revolt thrown in as a picturesque backdrop These books are about love indeed, but they are also about survival, freedom, and peace I find it amazing that people are disappointed that Katniss doesn t take a Katniss becomes a superwoman and takes over the world while deciding on which boy to pick route How realistic is it to expect a child damaged by hunger, oppression, and violence she had to witness and take a part in, and thrown into the midst of all kinds of political intrigue, to achieve that How many soldiers do you know who came out of a war unscathed or empowered by the atrocities they have witnessed How many children This is why this book has such a great effect on me It takes a very difficult but honest route, portraying the infinitely damaging consequences of war regardless of the righteousness of its cause and Katniss s journey to stay true to herself and do the best she can And the love triangle resolution Truly, it couldn t have ended any other way.Is Mockingjay a perfectly written book Absolutely not, it s not nearly as perfectly constructed or clear as The Hunger Games, but just like another imperfectly perfect successful series finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows it brings its message across in the most honest and powerful way possible.Suzanne Collins is a genius, she is fearless and I have a great respect for the gutsiness of hers that didn t allow her to settle for an ending all wrapped up in pink paper with a perfect little bow I am sure she knew that the faint of heart would be enraged But she stuck to her guns and stayed true to her message and to her characters.The question now is how will I recover from PTSD of my own caused by Mockingjay It will probably take me months and a score of Georgia Nicolson diaries to get over it But I love this book anyway, in spite and because of all the pain it has caused me Real.
Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy writing for children s television She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy nominated Little B
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