I do not usually include spoilers in my book reviews, but this time, I CAN’T HELP MYSELF because there are so many things I want to talk/rant about, and I’m also terribly interested to see what you thought!
SO: If you have not read Mockingjay yet, or you haven’t read any of The Hunger Games trilogy but think you might want to, STOP READING RIGHT NOW AND GET OUTTA HERE! QUICK!
Are you gone?
Okay, good. So I am guessing, since the only ones of you left have supposedly read the books and therefore know what the plot is, I’ll skip my normal “Plot Summary” section and get right to it.
There are a few things I’d like to talk about, which I have broken down into categories below because, honestly, that’s the only way to manage this task.
On the whole, I’ve been impressed with the way Collins has developed Katniss as a protagonist. I think her no-nonsense, tough girl attitude is pretty consistent with her background growing up in District 12. This girl has had to step up and lead her family, making sure they had enough food and somewhere to sleep every night – of course that would make her responsible and capable as a leader.
However. Does it bother anyone else that she never seems to make a mistake? Like, EVER? Sometimes she’ll think maybe she’s done something terribly wrong, but it never turns out that she has. It always seems to end up being the best possible thing she could have done.
Gale was a little weird to me in Mockingjay. His character seemed to change dramatically from the previous two books, didn’t you think? I mean, all along he’s been the epitome of goodness and purity, taking care of Katniss’ family while she was playing in the Games and all that. He’s always been self-sacrificing and willing to do anything for the good of those around him.
But then in Mockingjay he seems to develop this strangely sadistic (or is it masochistic? Which one hurts other people?) streak. It’s not a big, glaring change, but somehow he seems more inherently okay with hurting innocent people – like the whole bomb thing that goes off when the rescuers come to help the injured.
Was it just me, or did he seem to recover pretty quickly once they were back at Katniss’ house in the Victor’s Village? I thought he was “never going to be the same”?
For this section, I’ll be adopting the format of the “Really?!” segments from Saturday Night Live.
Really, Suzanne Collins? Really?! You killed FINNICK? After he’d gone through all that, waiting for the love of his life, and he finally got her and married her? REALLY? You pick HIM to get killed by the nasty lizard/human hybrids? Why not someone else we cared less about? I mean, really! Why not Pollux? I mean, I liked Pollux and all, but COME ON! He hadn’t JUST GOTTEN MARRIED to a girl who was already a little off her rocker and didn’t need this to push her further over the edge. *snarl* NOT A FAN OF THAT MOVE.
This has been “Really?!” with Anne Riley.
I did not understand how their relationship ended so quickly. I mean, I get that Katniss suspected it might have been one of Gale’s bombs that killed Prim, but doesn’t it seem a bit weird for her to completely write him off without even checking to see if it actually WAS one of his bombs?
I also get that it was his idea about the bombs that go off a second time to kill the rescuers, and maybe if it hadn’t been for that idea, Prim wouldn’t have been killed. But she seems a little too ready to just lose her relationship with him – especially since he’d basically kept her family alive while she was gone to the Arena. I dunno, something about that just didn’t sit well with me.
And also, Gale just ACCEPTS it. He just leaves and gets a fancy new job in District 2. Would he really have given up that easily and just accepted her rejection of him? I don’t know.
I didn’t expect them to end up together – but I’m glad they did. I like Peeta.
Now: What do YOU think?
*Edited to add: Many comments are saying that Katniss did little of consequence in this book, which I agree with. Here’s a thought-provoking question: Would the book have been better if Collins had used multiple viewpoints (Katniss, Gale, and Peeta?) instead of sticking with Katniss the whole time?