"He must know that the unthinkable has happened and to survive will require previously unthinkable acts."I admit, after finishing Catching Fire I wasn't content to wait on the library's waiting list for the final installment of The Hunger Games trilogy- I had to find out what happened right away, so I read the ebook instead. I was definitely glad I only began reading the books after the release of Mockingjay as I can't imagine having to wait months to discover the fate of Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and exactly what happened to district twelve as well as if they will manage to defeat the Capitol. I managed to avoid most of the hype when the book was released in my attempt to avoid any spoilers of earlier books in the series, so I feel as if I went into Mockingjay with a fairly open mind. Unfortunately Mockingjay was by far the weakest book in The Hunger Games Trilogy for me. I was disappointed by Katniss and how she let others push her around and determine her fate. Even how the love triangle turns out seems more like Katniss going with the default than actively making a decision, and for a girl who was such a strong character in the first two books I really expected a little more strength in this final leg of her journey. I did feel as if I would have been content with less romantic conflict in the earlier books, but since it was there, I was surprised that after so much build-up Collins pretty much brushed it off at the end.
Without offering any spoilers of the novel, I will also say I found the book needlessly depressing. Obviously, Collins is writing dystopia and so it is expected that everything will not be sunshine and roses, but I feel like she went too far with the bleak turn of events. So many characters died that by the time an important death occurred I was numb rather than heartbroken. I was really disappointed in the ending, I felt as if it was rushed and lazy, with the fates of many people simply being thrown away in a sentence or two after three books dedicated to their development. The thing about the final book in a trilogy, is that there have already been two books to build up a reader's attachment to characters and by the time I read Mockingjay I was very much attached to the world Collins' had created. The action in the novel is very well done, and the book is very much a page-turner. However I was unfortunately let down by the grim and hasty wrap-up that Mockingjay provides for what is otherwise an exceptional trilogy and the end result is that I am unlikely to reread the Hunger Games anytime soon, knowing that this is how everything ends.
Release Date: August 24, 2010
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