Our Fan Question of the Week comes from….Hannah
SPOILER ALERT – this question is all about the ending of the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay. If you haven’t finished reading all three books, the perhaps you might want to come back later.
If you could change the ending of Mockingjay, what would you have happen differently? What would be the cause and effect of your decisions?
***Summer***- I would personally change how quickly the book ended. I don’t like how katniss’ mom just left. She said she couldn’t return but as a mother of 2 I would never leave one child alone if something happened to the other. Not until I thought she could deal with it. And that she wanted to live her own life. Also I wouldnt think Gale would just leave Katniss either. Nothing ever became of him. These are some of the things I would change. I hope you enjoyed my answer!
***Jacqui*** I summed up what I felt about the ending of Mockingjay in this review I wrote back at the time of its release, so let me share that again as it still holds today. I would have liked to have seen Katniss own her place as the Mockingjay. I had expected her character to be more developed in the final book. I thought her internal struggle would be reflected in what was happening in Panem – that as the districts took back their power, so too would Katniss emerge as the master of her own destiny. Unfortunately it never really happens. It felt, to me, that her inner journey was never fully resolved. The ending was a little unsettling, which is definitely part of its strength and its beauty, but a part of me was left wishing for a just a little bit more.
***Hamilton*** I feel that the ending could have used more closure as well. Not only internally like Jacqui mentions, but with what was going on in the rest of Panem outside of the rebuilt District 12. We get very little in the way of glimpses into how the structure of the country had changed – hopefully for the better, but even for worse if that was the case. I would have liked to see more how the districts had come together and become a new nation of Panem. Do they still think of themselves as separate districts? Has it been harder for some to accept that the old power is gone? What kind of power do those in the Capitol have now? Those are all questions I would have liked to have seen explored a bit more. I don’t think I would have changed any plot elements, such as having certain characters not die. It was all rather hard to deal with, but ultimately the ending needed to be hard to deal with to get the point across.
***Audrey*** I feel like the ending was too rushed. There were many things that I wanted explained. I think I would have liked to see Katniss’ trial – and had that explained. The consequences and aftermath of the revolution and how daily life had changed. SOMETHING needed to happen with Gale. Personally, I’d rather have had him killed off than never heard from again. I just didn’t feel like enough things were resolved, but maybe that was the idea.
So there you have it..the opinions of the staff here at My Hunger Games..now it’s your turn…