Mockingjay — Suzanne Collins
I would be lying if I say that this is the paragon of the Hunger Games trilogy. No, it isn’t. It didn’t quench my proclivity parallel to that of my expectations. Perhaps I expected too much? Possibly. On the good side, it did not upset me either. I just liked it a little less than the first two books. Still amazing, but it felt like something went off.
The districts were blazed in havoc; District 13 was conspired for onslaught; and the Capitol’s resistance prevailed more than ever. Katniss escaped the games by design and had finally agreed to become the face of the rebellion—the Mockingjay. Peeta, on the contrary, was held captive by the Capitol and was “hijacked” to tamper his allegiance. At the peak of this strife, putting confidence on anyone would be a gamble of anyone’s life—even the lives of people you care about are at stake.
Back to review. Even though Mockingjay did not usurp its predecessors, as what one might have expected; still, it did not disappoint. The action and suspense were still there, with an underlying dash of drama and greater depth as well. We saw how Katniss bounced back from being a kick-ass heroine to an emotional wreck—which seems reasonably logical as she went through a lot. We saw her teetering on the brink of hopelessness and uncertainties; deteriorating in strength and determination. I still looked up to her despite it all.
The plot was gorier and bleaker. Everyone was dying. The death that really surprised me was Finnick’s. How could you just kill off the handsomest man on Earth SC? Of all the deaths one can have, isn’t being eaten by mutts a little too much? Oh, the face, the face!
Let us also not forget Prim’s death. That one I didn’t see coming. Finnick may better be dead but, Prim? All of Katniss’ sacrifices seemed nonsensical. The girl that she’d been protecting forever didn’t even escape death. One more time… that was very rash of you SC.
On with the rants. The plot, especially in the beginning, was undeniably slow-paced and there were times that nothing ever happens. The fight scenes were cut off short too. I am infuriated with Katniss for passing out in the middle of a heated battle, numerous of times. As she was narrating the scene, it disrupts the thrill of the action. (Okay, the blame wasn’t really on Katniss’ part but on SC once again.) Moreover, a lot of characters were left unsaid. I want to know what happened with their lives! One word: rushed.
Perhaps the best thing about this book was Katniss ending up with Peeta. I keep on having these delusions after reading that I was Katniss and Peeta was in love with me. Oh, the effect this book can have.