Mockingjay❮Reading❯ ➳ Mockingjay ➬ Author Suzanne Collins – The final book in the ground breaking HUNGER GAMES trilogy this new foiled edition of MOCKINGJAY is available for a limited period of time Against all odds Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Gam The final book in the ground breaking HUNGER GAMES trilogy this new foiled edition of Mockingjay is available for a limited period of time Against all odds Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive she's still not safe The Capitol is angry The Capitol wants revenge Who do they think should pay for the unrest Katniss And what's worse President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either Not Katniss's family not her friends not the people of District .

Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this nameSince 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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  • Mockingjay
  • Suzanne Collins
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  • 11 September 2016
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10 thoughts on “Mockingjay

  1. Tina says:

    SPOILERS AHEADWhat the f Words can't begin to express my disappointment I bought Mockingjay the first day it came out and I was preparing myself for a truly epic novel one worthy of its predecessors I loved The Hunger Games; it was fast paced thrilling suspenseful Catching Fire wasn't as good but it was still enjoyable I was majorly impressed by the game arena I wasn't let down by Catching Fire though; I figured it was just a transition novel build up to what would undoubtedly be a mindblowing epic conclusion in Mockingjay Maybe I set my expectations too high I do think Collins is a good writer; she definitely knows how to write and tell a story But I feel like she lost her way in this book Or maybe the only thing that made this series so great was the Hunger Games and now that it's absent there's nothing to drive the storyThe love triangle wasn't well played out First of all I'm getting a bit tired of reading about love triangles especially in novels where there's a much greater plot present But I'll admit I was on Team Gale throughout the series because he was strong and resilient and resourceful and caring There was this attractive manly uality about him and he was so in sync with Katniss and hot to boot But towards the end of this novel I didn't give a flying fart about Katniss's love life and who she ended up with because everything seemed like such a hopeless depressing mess that there was no point I also hated how she kept flip flopping and toying with both Gale and Peeta I've been bothered by this since CF She should make up her mind about who she wants instead of leading them both on Her fickleness is pretty inconsiderate to these two guys whom she supposedly cares about And if she can't decide I can see why they both have great ualities then she should give herself some spacetime to decide and in the meantime don't go kissing or showing romantic affection to either one She ended up with Peeta which would have been fine if it had been executed properly But even in this aspect of her life she didn't get to CHOOSE which is basically the story of her life She just ended up with Peeta because he was the only one who stuck around At the end I found myself wanting her to end up alone of her OWN choice Heck instead of spiraling into bleak depression and continuing life as a puppet I would have rather seen her die for a noble cause and for doing the right thing That would have been a satisfactory ending and that's saying something because I normally HATE when characters dieI didn't like that we didn't get to experience the action close up As the war unraveled I felt like Katniss was always on the sidelines only called in when other people commanded her to We didn't get to see Katniss kicking butt against her enemies we got to hear from other characters about events that occurred or watch them on the TV It is so mindnumbingly dull to be watching a character watching something instead of experiencing the action with the character Everything she did was for show for a propo or campaign or whatever It was all so fake Here they are in the middle of a war people are dying left and right and all they care about is filming and getting good shots and angles and putting on a pretty face It felt so staged and it was boring and infuriating to read The only real action is towards the end when she and her team are going on the assassin mission to kill Snow and even THAT was originally only for a propo that went astray The last third of the book the assassin mission was gorey and bloody which I didn't mind It's war after all But many characters' deaths were so rushed and pointless Prim's death didn't have the impact that I'm sure Collins was aiming for; I didn't feel sad when she died as she's barely in the story as it is so I didn't get to know her well enough and connect with her beforehand She was absent for at least 100 pages before her death came out of nowhere for God's sake so her death felt like any stranger's death Although it seems her death kind of defeated the point of sparing her from the Hunger Games What DID kill me was Finnick's death Finnick was one of the characters I loved most in this series and call me petty but I can't forgive Collins for killing him off after he'd been through so much and finally got to marry the love of his life It wasn't even a death of purpose He got eaten by mutts in a sewer along with half their assassin team It annoyed me so much because their deaths felt so UNNECESSARY like they were just a way for Collins to emphasize that this is a DEATHLY SERIOUS VERY BLOODY BOOK It felt like she was just randomly and meaninglessly killing off supporting characters because she couldn't bear to part with her main ones Deaths are fine when they're important to the plot but this felt like death for the sake of deathOkay now on to the REAL disappointment of this book Katniss herself One of the reasons why I loved this series was because of Katniss She was strong resourceful clever and cunning she had an amazing survival instinct and she knew how to persevere In Catching Fire these ualities diminished; she was mainly a pawn a puppet for others to use for their own objectives But she still had some semblance of control and she was still Katniss In Mockingjay all these traits are scrapped and we get a Katniss clone who is angsty and bitchy and whiny wasn't Bella in Twilight bad enough? Half the book she's throwing herself pity parties in the closet literally Sure she definitely has reason to be sad and angry and her life is full of hardships and tragedies But I thought that the Katniss from the Hunger Games the Katniss who had to keep her family alive since the age of 12 would be able to fight through and persevere I guess I wanted a strong victor a strong heroine not a self pitying victim who can't make her own decisions That's another thing that bothered me throughout the whole book she had no control over ANYTHING not even her own life and actions She was a empty lifeless pawn a zombie if you will who didn't do anything that wasn't directed or commanded by other people In this novel I was expecting her to STEP UP embrace her role as Mockingjay use her powerinfluence to get involved in the rebellion take control of her life and make a difference in the outcome of her world I was expecting to see her grow and change and I was excited for her metamorphosis Instead we get this weak girl who's shirking all responsibilities addled on drugs half the time and lashing out at people the other half Not only did she not improve herself from the first book she was kickass in the first book btw she got WORSE an empty shadow of her former self At the beginning I could understand her confusion her pain her reluctance to be the Mockingjay It'd be weird if she DIDN'T feel this way if she didn't have that time of indecision and unwillingness But after I expected her to be strong and work through it to face her fears and obstacles and choose to do the right thing to really fight for justice The best things in life never come easy; anybody who's done anything has had to overcome obstacles to accomplish their goals When she decided I must be the Mockingjay my heart soared cheesy but it did and I was rooting for her 100% When I heard her inspirational words during the propos the fire behind them my heart soared because I thought Katniss was back But as I kept reading I realized even though she verbally accepted her role her mind still wasn't in it and she wasn't in control of herself She didn't grow and become stronger that's what pisses me offThe post traumatic stress the mental breakdowns the self pity the self loathing the nearing of insanity all of these things are realistic yes but a bit tiresome and not very interesting to read when it's all the same and the narrator is drowning herself in it in the face of much greater things to the point where it detracts from the plot These feelings shouldn't be the main focus throughout the ENTIRE novel There has to be a turning point when she overcomes all of this and actively decides not to let these obstacles stand in her way Now many people will say her breakdown is true to life and it's what any normal 17 year old girl would feel and go through But maybe I'm weird here but for some stories I don't WANT to read about the average normal teenager I want to read about someone who's a bit special who's different who displays traits like courage heart perseverance greater than the norm and accomplishes than the normal average teen even during the most difficult of times Something that when you close the book makes you feel like Wow they're amazing Inspirational I want to be like that to be honest I didn't sign up to read a war documentary or some nonfiction account of how war affects its victims I came in expecting a break from reality a fantasy sci fi young adult novel about a girl who becomes a heroIn trying to be as realistic as possible I think Collins chose a pessimistic extreme of realism to portray There are perfectly human people in real life in real circumstances who are able to fight through obstacles and hardships and come out on top without relying on drugs and hiding in closets They can find constructive and positive ways to deal with their problems Sure it obviously affects them they're not invincible but they don't lose themselves the way Katniss does Those are the kinds of inspirational stories I wanna read when it comes to these kinds of novels not this Diary of an Emo Puppet This book was also REALLY anti climactic Whenever Collins finally gave us an exciting scene as soon as it got intense Katniss would get knocked out in the midst of things and we'd wake up to her in the hospital being treated MAJOR COP OUT in my opinion Then of course comes the inevitable centuries that's what it felt like of us hearing about her in pain and agony Okay we get it after reading about it the WHOLE novel Now can she please pick herself up and make herself useful?Katniss doesn't deserve the title girl who was on fire and to be the main character in such an epic setting and story Sure she can be on fire but only when someone sets her on fire or directs her to be on fire not of her own doing She was soulless and indifferent and cared about herself and her own feelings than anyone else's seeing as how she spends most of the novel grieving for herself and almost never for anyone else if the main character the narrator doesn't care about anything and has no passion why should we? What's the point when the main character whose eyes we're seeing through has no heart and no passion? And what happened to the selfless girl who willingly sacrificed her life to save her sister?The things I did like I liked that Katniss had 2 seconds of mental clarity and shot Coin instead of Snow the only time in the book when she was truly thinking clearly and acting of her own accord I wonder if I'm giving her too much credit though; judging from her selfish one track mind in this book I fear that she did this only because Coin killed Prim not because she saw the bigger picture Worse yet I fear this may just have been a result of Snow's manipulation not her own decision I also feel the significance and bravery of this smart moment was rendered meaningless by her immediate cowardly reaction instead of having conviction in her action and facing the conseuences she scrambled frantically to find the most painless and uickest way to kill herself She never once in the book acknowledges all she has to live for and all the positive things she still has in her life When a character's will to survive is absent through a whole novel I as a reader have no desire for them to live either; grant their wish already But to continue on I liked learning about of the characters in depth Gale who I grew to love even in this book Finnick Annie Boggs Johanna etc I liked the ending passages fitting and beautifully haunting and I liked the songs The Hanging Tree and the meadow one There are probably some other things that I'll update this review with once disappointment and frustration are no longer clouding my brainI wouldn't have minded so much if it had been a page turner that was exciting to read but trying to finish this book felt like a chore When reading for enjoyment starts feeling like a chore that's the ultimate sign that I dislike the book 90% of the book Katniss was wandering aimlessly through hallways drugged out on morphling hiding in a closet or lying in a hospital bed I kept waiting I was so sure it would happen any minute for the story changing moment when Katniss would pick herself up and say Enough is enough I kept waiting for the moment when the winds would change and she would decide with conviction to actively work through her problems but to my shock that moment never came This book seriously dragged and dragged and dragged and just got slower and slower until everyone started dropping dead towards the last uarter of the book The Hunger Games I couldn't put it down; for this I dreaded picking it up to finish it I did tons of things in between reading this book doing my nails watching TV taking a walk etc because I couldn't read it in one sitting without wanting to gouge my eyes out It was the same reoccurring theme Katniss was manipulated and controlled by everyone around her and she didn't think or do anything of her own will It got old I read all this build up and didn't get rewarded for it And even though the rebels triumphed I didn't feel anything for them not relief not happiness just nothing I was just detached And none of it was thanks to Katniss her only role in the Capitol's defeat was watching Prim die getting burned and waking up in a hospital where we're TOLD instead of SHOWN how the Capitol fell all while she was unconscious an occurrence that's way too common in this book Again anti climactic During the scene when it really matteredI understand the message Collins is trying to convey and I agree with it that war is awful and no one truly wins And good and bad are not clearly defined black and white It got too preachy at certain points though didn't it? And I understand that not all books are unicorns and ponies happy endings and that this series has always been intense and dark and a bit bleak But that only works when there's an underlying message of hope and of optimism I felt it in the 1st books but this ending was devoid of all hope and happiness Yes humans are disgusting creatures who hurt and kill one another who do horrible things because of greed and selfishness and just pure malice But humans are also capable of love and compassion and kindness and I wish she'd incorporated a bit of that into the story as well so there'd be a hopeful ending Even in real life no matter how bad things may be there is always hope Isn't that the kind of message you really want young people to be left with? Instead of pessimistic doom and give up on mankind? I finished the book feeling hopeless and lost and depressed and not in that deep profound way where it motivates me to get up off my ass and do something to make a differenceGosh at least Harry was his own person and got to face Voldemort in the end What did Katniss get to do except be an empty canvas for them to paint and feed lines to?Though I guess since I'm feeling so passionately about all of this it wasn't a worthless read It was just very VERY disappointingEditI just re read this review a month or so after I wrote it and I sincerely apologize for my sloppy writing and overindulgence in run on sentences I was in a rush to unleash all my feelings after finishing the book so I wouldn't forget anything I hope this review was understandable and enjoyable anyway That's the end of the review and you can stop here but I wanted to add on and I'm thinking those who grew up with Harry Potter like I did can relateSo I decided to re read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to prepare myself for the upcoming movie and to get the bitter taste of Mockingjay out of my mouth and here's a passage towards the end where Harry's character really touched me and left me in aweBecause said Harry sometimes you've got to think about than your own safety Sometimes you've got to think about the greater good This is warYou're seventeen boyI'm of age and I'm going to keep fighting even if you've given up a few sentences later I'm going to keep going until I succeed or I die Don't think I don't know how this might end I've known it for yearsReading it again makes me all emotional and teary all over again from Dobby's heartfelt burial to Harry's courageous walk to his death in the forest knowing fully well what awaits him and yet willing to sacrifice himself for others and for a better world all the while struggling with his fears and the temptation to run away and I swear tears of pride and joy sprang from my eyes and exhilaration shot through my veins when Harry the boy we grew up with stepped up as a man and faced his enemy with confidence strength wisdomWhatever faults the last HP book may have I just have to say Thank you Harry for giving me hope again and proving there are still admirable heroes in young literature

  2. Tatiana says:

    I keep switching the rating of this book from 5 to 4 to 5 again changing my opinion with each reread On the one hand it has so many wise things to say about war propaganda grief trauma and healing It touches and breaks my heart every time like very few books do But on the other hand there is a large chunk of this novel in part 3 mainly that objectively makes almost no logical sense I wish Collins took time to work it to perfection like she did with the first twoGoing back to 5 again For that epilogue And catPS This reread just makes me even skeptical about what a story about Snow has to offer in comparison to this oneUpdate 112814 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 uite 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 ASAPLet'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 uality 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 seriesThe 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 placeI 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 GaleTeam Peeta dilemma with some revolt thrown in as a picturesue 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 conseuences 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 wayIs 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 possibleSuzanne 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 charactersThe uestion 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

  3. Hope says:

    I’m never very good at predicting outcomes Nothing I could’ve predicted would have been uite 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 beIt'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 grotesue 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 uestions 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 uestions 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 forSeveral 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 pointIt’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 releaseWaiting for this is torturous I finished Catching Fire and wanted this in my hands immediatelyOh 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 happensPS 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

  4. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    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 PeetaSo 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 suishy mess in this one? The answer PeetaWhat 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 himIn 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 loved? him ;;NO Fuck your single mindedness Katniss YOU HAD ONE JOB And it's to save your people not your boyfriend fiancé whateverAnd 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

  5. Kat says:

    anyone who said this books didn’t do THAT is incorrect i respect ur opinion but also im trying to type this while crying so let me be aggressive did she drag in the middle? maybe do i refuse to acknowledge the epilogue? yes but chapter 27 is where it’s at and i will not hear any disagreements thank u and goodnight

  6. Jayson says:

    B 78% | Good Notes Rather than tell an interesting story it's meant above all to repulse us into reflection on the cruelty and horror of war

  7. Annalisa says:

    35 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 readersLike 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 uestions 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 spoilerPrimrose hide spoiler

  8. Kiki says:

    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 cinemaThose 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 assThis 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 youActually 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 DC 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? RidiculousnessOne time? No? Ridiculousness RidiculousnessContrary 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 dieThere 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 futureThis 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 uite 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 heshe feels about you I know heshe 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 uite 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 dunnoI 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 birdYes 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 eually 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 BITCHKatniss 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 040 seconds to Google bow and arrows and find that arrows are held in a uiver See? SimpleThe 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 flopBonus Time

  9. Michelle says:

    i NEVER thought i'd ever rate this book below a 5but here i amand 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 isannoyance 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 likekatniss seemed kindastuck 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 mockingjayAND THEN HE DIED i am SO MAD that finnick and cinna’s death were pretty much considered inconseuential 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 yeahhso back to the whole non closure thing with gale? it was just soanticlimatic andlacking 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 euivalent 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 stillthe book could have been better a lot better

  10. Kat Kennedy says:

    This review has spoilersBitchesWhat 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 drinkSo 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 meimage error

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