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“There are much worse games to play.”

When I started reading the Hunger Games trilogy, I was hooked. The first book was amazing – well written, fast-paced, great characters and a fantastic story. I found myself rooting for Katniss and Peeta and Gale. It is dystopian (young adult) literature at it best.

Catching Fire was a great follow-up to the first book. Despite the fact I found the second Hunger Games that Katniss and Peeta played in a bit contrived (as I talk about in my review of CF). It matched the action level of The Hunger Games and elevated my expectations for the third and last book to end the trilogy on a high note.

Unfortunately, Suzanne Collins disappointed me. Not only did I find the storyline boring and lacking, Katniss as a character fizzled out completely. Katniss was written as a very strong (female) character, and in Mockingjay, she basically didn’t do anything and became this weak, vulnerable, broken woman. It was insulting, as it was implied that women can’t handle these painful situations. Katniss was only involved in the PR campaign for the rebellion (as she was for the Capitol during the Hunger Games). And when she went into the battlefield, she became this meek, helpless damsel that had to be saved by Gale or the other rebels.

Another reason for my dislike of this book is that there were just so many things Collins didn’t answer for me. It left me with a feeling that I had been duped. I had gone through this whole journey with these characters in this dystopian world, only to find that nothing really changed for them.

I also found a lot of problems with the structure of the novel, in particular, Collins made a big mistake in telling, not showing us the rebellion and the ultimate overthrow of the Capitol. It was like, “Oh, the rebels are fighting the Capitol,” then “Oh, the Capitol has been overthrown.” I saw this as very lazy writing.

The end of the book was also a disappointment. It was like nothing had changed for anyone living in the district – the only thing that changed with the leadership and of course the Hunger Games ceased to exist. Katniss and Peeta were told they had to live in District 12 after Katniss killed the rebel leader, which I still haven’t figured out why. It was so random – what did President Snow help her realize?

Either way, I was expecting this huge climax, but it didn’t happened. I was actually talking about Mockingjay with my friend who also read the trilogy and like me, is a huge Harry Potter fan. We agreed that Mockingjay didn’t have the huge scene at the end that explained everything and left us, the readers, with closure, like there is in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It only left me, at least, with confusion and annoyance.

Despite my dislike for Mockingjay, I heavily recommend the first two books, or at least the first one. I’m also looking forward to the movie when it comes out in March!

Rating:
{x} Pretty bad
{  } Tolerable
{  } All right
{  } Exciting
{  } Enthralling

Book 8 out of 60

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