“There are much worse games to play.”
Synopsis From Book Jacket:
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 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
Its been a week since I finished Mockingjay but it took me awhile to write a review. I love the first two books – I thought The Hunger Games was a great start to the series and Catching Fire is a good sequel but with Mockingjay I’m a bit disappointed. It is still a gripping read with twist and turns but it lost the consistency from the first two books.
Katniss in The Hunger Games is selfless and brave, in Catching Fire she is responsible and more mature but in Mockingjay she is passive all throughout. She was used as a representative to the revolution but she don’t make her own stand. Being a mocking doesn’t give her much substance to do. She goes to war doing what other people want her to do. She is confuse most of the time. She doubt everything and everyone around her. Peeta was not himself most of the book. But I’m glad that he recover from tracker venom hijacking in the end. I would be more frustrated if this book turn out different for him. And while he was captured and under torture he still manage to devised a plan to make sure Katniss is safe. He still protect her from the Capitol. President Snow is just another paper-thin villain character.
The ending seems rushed. Many dies but everything happened too fast that I didn’t even got the chance to sympathize for them. Even how Prim was killed was unti-climatic. It was sad but not powerful enough to full an emotion. If buttercup (Prim’s pet cat) didn’t show up at district 12 to Katniss I would never felt that Prim was really gone. Katniss mother’s decision to leave Katniss is not realistic, given the fact that she wants to forget Prim tragic ending it is still not believable they will parted ways permanently. Afterall Katniss is the only one left to her. Gale exits to Katniss life was abrupt and strange. I still chooses Peeta for Katniss but it did bother me that there wasn’t really any resolution between Gale and Katniss at the end of the book. It is not convincing enough that Gale would just give up Katniss and leave just like that. I expect that he would have fight to be with Katniss or made some sacrifices but instead he was just disposes at the end of the book with little explanation.
As I’ve said I want Peeta for Katniss and I’m happy that they end up together. It was how I always hoped it would end but the way it was executed seemed very undefined. There’s no satisfaction in it. Collins just throw everything in the end, she keeps on telling what happened to everyone but we didn’t see nor feel it.
Overall, this book is action packed like the first two books but it is my least favorite from the series. If there is one thing worth delving in Mockingjay, it is still the philosophical questions that the books raised throughout the series. The Hunger Games world is a nice window to understand our own culture.