**This review contains mild spoilers. Do not read until you have finished the ENTIRE trilogy.**
Others in the Series: The Hunger Games and Catching Fire
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.
Sometimes a book just can't stand up to the hype. Mockingjay is one of those books.
After a year of waiting for it's release, Mockingjay proved to be a disappointment, a shell of the previous series. Going into it, I was already concerned that the absence of the Hunger Games would be a major issue. There was no possible way to bring them back, as done in Catching Fire. For the first time, the series would have to stand without them. Only, in place of the life-or-death strategies and suspense that made the series so popular, Collins put in loads of dull military tactics and a heavily science fiction feel.
In turning away from the Games, the story went towards George Orwell's 1984. For anyone who's read it, you can draw connections left and right. I'd been expecting this though, so it wasn't too much of a disappointment at the time. Collins threw in tons of the plot twists that made everyone love The Hunger Games, and for a while, I was hooked, riveted to my seat. The issue was, after awhile there's only so many twists you can throw in before it becomes confusing and jumbled. This, combined with the weak plot, is what began to spark my disappointment.
Furthermore, the rebellion was not as action-packed as one would've expected. Instead, it was a lot of manipulating Katniss and making strategies. In other words, fairly dull.
By the end, I was sure there was no way for Collins to end the series that would make me happy. Other than an Orwellian ending, that is. I genuinely disliked every single (living) character by the end. (I actually liked most of the dead ones.) They were not the characters I'd watched develop over the course of the previous two novels. They were dry husks. And then came the ending. I can't help but feel that Collins sold out at the last minute. It was the final blow that sent my already weakened opinion of the book crumbling.
Slow start, intriguing middle, but then an utter flop at the end. I'm not quite sure what to think of it all still. However, Collins did succeed in one place. She incited passion in her readers, whether it be love, hate, joy or disappointment. It just so happens that for me, it's passionate disappointment.