Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Just finished reading the third and final installment of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I’ve really enjoyed this series although the last book is not my favourite.  I think it’s so hard to finish off a story in a way that pleases everybody and so even though I’m always looking forward to reading the final book it’s always in the back of my mind that it may not end well.  I wouldn’t say that I didn’t enjoy Mockingjay because it is a good book but there are a few things that just kept it from being as good as the 1st and 2nd books.  I suppose, firstly, Peeta is missing from a good portion of the book and isn’t exactly himself when he does make a comeback.  That being said I found the first half of the book a really quick read although I did get a bit tired of Katniss blaming herself for everything all the time. I think it was more towards the last quarter of the book that my interest waned a bit, even though the action had picked up, maybe it was because there were so many new characters introduced that I didn’t really have the time to get to know before they became casualties.  Also, I thought the end was a bit ‘flat’.  Can’t really describe it in any other way.  It just felt rushed and a bit of a none-event.  However, I’m glad I read it and, as I said, it is an enjoyable book.  Rating B-

Had a bit of a rethink about my comments regarding Katniss and think I’m probably a bit harsh.  After all, she is only a teenager (17 I think).  When I consider how I bash myself over the head when I make a mistake or sit mulling over an argument (aka discussion) with one of my children (young adult – as they often remind me) and wish I’d handled it differently – well, after all, none of this involves people dying – so I can’t imagine what that would feel like.  At the end of the day Katniss wasn’t responsible for other peoples’ actions but that doesn’t mean that she didn’t think so.

I’ve also tried to put my finger on why I didn’t like this book as much as the previous two and it all boils down to the ending which I felt was rushed.  Everything was very nicely tied up I suppose but it was very quickly done and made me feel as though perhaps the author had simply had enough!  Rating still a B-.





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