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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 12


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    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 quality 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 qualities 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 qualities 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 consequences she scrambled frantically to find the most painless and quickest 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 quarter 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