Mockingjay Review

| August 29, 2010 | 117 Comments More

My Hunger Games - Mockingjay MILD SPOILER ALERT:  This review contains spoilers – so please come back once you have read Mockingjay.

It felt like we had to wait forever, but finally Mockingjay, the last book in the Hunger Games series has been released and as a conclusion to the trilogy, it doesn’t disappoint.

In the first book, The Hunger Games, we discover a world ruled by a dictatorship that demands that every year children from different districts will fight to the death in a giant televised event. It is in that book that Katniss, at the age of 16,  is thrown into the Games only to emerge after having broken all the rules and taken back a small amount of control. In Mockingjay, Katniss is still breaking the rules. Here she’s the face of a rebellion against the all-powerful Capitol. The situation has now descended into all out war. There are no longer any more Games being held in the arena, as they’re now spread out throughout the districts.

This story is at once heartbreaking and horrifying. It’s brutal and Suzanne Collins never spares the blood or the gore. That’s not to say she does it pointlessly. Every wound or death has a purpose and an aftermath. Everything is connected and written for a reason. The readers are drawn along emotionally. We feel every blow along with Katniss, and mourn all of the loved ones that she loses along the way. Katniss falls apart, and in a way, so do we.

This is a war story. We find out what it means to be a volunteer and yet still be a pawn. Suzanne Collins develops the supporting characters beautifully, so much so that we learn to care about them and some of their deaths can be a bit hard to take. That might upset some people, but for me it was one of the strong points of the book. The war is depicted as real and horrible. There’s no clear good and bad guys either. Mockingjay continues to be just as complex and intriguing with its areas of grey as the first two books. You can never take anything for granted.

And all of that is bigger than the love story – the speculation about who Katniss will choose, Peeta or Gale. While Katniss continues to love them both, romance has never been a priority for her and that stays true in Mockingjay. It’s always been about survival for Katniss and making sure her loved ones, including Gale and Peeta, survive too. Nevertheless, the war does eventually come to an end and she does make a choice. Because she’s been to hell and back and lost so much along the way, the decision, the ending, seems somewhat real. You know that Katniss will never be the same again.

While I loved this book, I do have some criticisms of it. I was expecting Katniss to develop more in Mockingjay. I really thought her internal struggle would be a reflection of what was happening in Panem. I thought 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. She never reaches her full potential and ends her days in passive reflection. Was she manipulated by Snow, or did she, in the final moment, act on her own, setting everyone free to start over, with no Capitol and no District 13? It felt to me that Katniss’ inner journey was never fully resolved. I would have liked her to have had a moment to reflect, to know that she had achieved it, that she had finally become the Mockingjay for real and that once she’d finished her task – had done all she could do –  she was ready to leave. But there is no neat ending for Mockingjay. It doesn’t’ get wrapped up nicely with a bow. 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.

 

 

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  1. Marissa says:

    ***SPOILERS***
    I agree to an extent with you about the ending. Unsettling, is what made it a good piece of literature to. But I actually think that katniss’ attitude at the end worked. To me, it made her more real because she wasnt like the steriotypical hero in other books. She was torn and she bled and she went into a depression that I think is natural for a human. She watched so many die and killed so many, and after everything she did, her main goal from the beginning was crushed. She went in this brave, fighting girl trying to save her sister, to a woman broken by her failure. After being a puppet for so long, to once again regain control of her life could take the rest of her life.
    I loved the book. As you said it definately didnt dissapoint and I am extremely happy the love triangle took a back seat because thats how it should be. The book is about survival and freedom. Not team peeta or team gale.
    As much as I hated the deaths, they were definatlely purposeful to the story, realistic and made for a good read. Yet they really were heart wrenching. I loved getting to hear more about Finncick, at the same time I was a mess reading that part because it broke my heart. I also enjoyed seeing how much Haymich loves Katniss and Peeta. I think what I loved most was the ending was almost not an ending, it left you with this feeling that life went on. There story didnt end there and although the impact of the hunger games lived on, the hunger games finally were over.

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  2. Marissa says:

    p.s I just saw the twitter follow link. lol sorry

  3. jaybunzy0 says:

    you described it beautifully! i totes agree with you as well. i felt that katniss character development was lacking as well as her love for the gale and peeta. while the heart of the story is the need to overthrow the capital suzanne collins built up the triangle in the previous book and while its touched upon minutely throughout the book when she finally chooses its in a final paragraph. it made it seem she made her choice because she had gone mad and he was there instead of it being the love she felt for him all along. i understand she was broken and albeit a little crazy from all thats happened but i was expecting katniss to revel in her strength in the final book and i found that lacking. then to agree to continuing the hunger games even though she’s been through it….

    to be honest, i was left disappointed in the final book.

  4. Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

    Masterful, absolutely masterful. I was in tears by the end of the last book. What some people chide as cramming to many things into too little space I see as exactly the fast pace that keeps your heart pounding, putting your mind into the head of Katniss Everdeen as a war rages inside her own head, mirroring the physical battle unfolding across the nation. In the end we see both dictators taken out by their own creation, leaving democracy to blossom once again in the ashes of our own civilization for the first time since that unnamed and unknown disaster. My only hope now is that we will evolve just like Katniss said, to stop seeing each other as enemies, but rather as brothers and sisters united across the earth.

  5. heather says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but was really disappointed in the ending. Mrs. Collins is so incredibly gifted at describing situations and people attitudes, I thought that it was lacking in detail when Katniss is somehow getting better with the help of Peeta. Perhaps I really just didn’t want it to end?!? Not sure.

  6. Johnnie-Mae says:

    I hated it. Hated it, hated it, hated it. For an hour after I finished the book, I just sat in a disapppointment-induced semi-catonic state. Suzanne Collins, what the hell? Where was the strong, passionate ‘girl on fire’ Katniss from books one and two? Where was the love triangle? Where was the choice we’d been waiting two whole books for Katniss to make- Gale or Peeta? This book was just one giant cop out. I can’t fault Collins writing style- it was as beautiful as ever- but the blandness of the plotline completely overrode it. No doubt people will think I’m frivolous and petty to be hankering after a proper conclusion of the Katniss/Peeta/Gale love triangle when I’ve been presented with a ‘realistic and honest display of war’, but how many wars have you seen lead by a vacant, drugged-up teenager? For that’s what Katniss became in this book, and it broke my heart far more than the hastily written (and forgotten) deaths of the other characters. Katniss was the hook in the series. In the Hunger Games she was defiant and bold and daring, while still managing to have a fierce love for her family, Gale and Peeta at the same time. In Mockingjay she was self-pitying and uncaring and barely there, a blank canvas of a girl who let the events of the other two books overcome her. Maybe that’s ‘realistic,’ but it’s in no way satisfying. We wanted Katniss to rise up and accept her role- and more than that, embrace it because she believed in the cause. Instead we got a girl who hid in closets, whined about any role she was asked to play in the revoltuion and let the choice of Peeta vs Gale be made for her. Now I only finished the book this morning, so there’s a slight chance this review might have a just a hint too much bitterness. Maybe when I’ve had some reflection time I’ll be able to find some redeeming qualities, but until then Mockingjay, in my eyes at least, is a monumental disappointment in an otherwise faultless series.

    • Chloe says:

      I agree with you utterly and completely! Today I have been attempting to distract myself from the disappointing end to Katniss’ adventure. As usual, Collin’s skills made you fall in love with the characters, but with that, she had the responsibility of making us somewhat satisfied in the end. Which I don’t think she did very well. I feel terrible saying this, just because the first two books were some of the best books I have ever read. I think if there was another book… not continuing the story, but making some sort of positive embellishment.

    • Maleosx says:

      i disagree,

      I think Katniss is very human.
      No human can hold her role without being crazy.

      • samwise says:

        I think I respectfully disagree – granted what Katniss goes through is maddening – but when she goes through it in the first two books she is the only one who is not made – the tributes from 1 and 2 are insane killers, the whole Capitol nuts and murderous, Haymitch a drunkard – but she and Peeta don’t lose it.

        The mistakes came in instead in the second book, Catching Fire and there were two of them – destroying District 12 completely makes no sense – it is one district that is not in open rebellion and the coal it produces is apparently needed. And for the plot it means she no longer has anything to fight for except abstract justice which is negated in most of Mockingjay, instead of a concrete, real justice, a better world and less suffering for her community and its members. The second and even more crucial is that she is not in on the plot to destroy the Hunger Games and its arena during the Third Quarter Quell. By her having been manipulated (Haymitch is a mastermind but she is not part of a plot involving most of the other tributes despite her being the natural leader?) she is now a victim instead of the protagonist and a strong female leader. After that the rest came automatically almost – she does not contend against Coin for leadership of the revolution even though everyone tells her to do so and that this is what she is. What happened?

        But as to no one being able to be a revolutionary symbol for all their life and suffer so much etc. Well, a guy named Nelson Mandela was unjustly in prison for 27 years, labelled a terrorist (including by the United States) and saw many of his family and friends killed by a murderous and unjust regime. When he got out of prison, after being the symbol of a just South Africa (“Free Nelson Mandela” was a worldwide slogan) he runs for president, wins and governs with moderation, justice, and a lack of revenge against his former torturers and oppressors.

        But we don’t get a Katniss Everdeen that grows in the third book. And that is a literary crime.

    • MR says:

      Agreed. I couldn’t help thinking that throughout the entire third book I wasn’t nearly as immersed as I was in the first two, which I literally couldn’t put down.

      It was almost like this was written by a different author than the first two books. And the entire book was really kind of just depressing and, more importantly, unsatisfying.

      I think I could’ve written a better epilogue myself in about 20 minutes.

      I stayed up until 3:30 this morning finishing the book and I wish I could have those hours back to sleep!

      The first 2 books were fantastic, however.

    • Katie says:

      I agree. Possibly I am also responding too quickly after finishing the third book, but I have to say that I have never been so annoyed about how a series has ended. The story line was messy and I felt it still could have had the fast pace without cramming so much in. In parts we got to know some of the characters better, such as Finnick & Annie, which was great. Then other characters, who we already knew, suffered character assassination rather than character growth. Katniss loses her spark in this book, the very reason she became a symbol of hope for the districts is gone. She has been through hell, but so have most of the main characters, yet she is the only one that loses herself (Peeta doesn’t count because he was hijacked). As far as the actual story line goes, the big build up to their goal fell completely flat right about the time when Katniss got badly injured by the explosion that killed Prim. It took until almost the very end of the book for it to reach this point and then only a handful of pages later and it is over. Katniss gets injured, again spending a long time in a drug induced stupor. Unfortunately some of the best parts of the story are skipped while she is unconscious (including Peeta’s rescue from the Capitol). The last handful of pages are so unsatisfying I almost stopped reading. Personally I liked Gale more than Peeta, I am not disappointed she ended up with Peeta, but I am disappointed at how it played out. Peeta came to her, if Gale had arrived first she would have ended up with him. She didn’t choose and up until Peeta showed up she had no intention of finding either of them. All that Gale gets to close his part in the story is a short sentence saying that he’s got a fancy job in district 2. That’s it and it’s more than many other characters get. There is also no mention of how the rest of the country is moving on in the aftermath, not even in the epilogue which is many years later. Naturally things aren’t going to be happily ever after, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t any hope. Maybe one day I will re-read it and feel differently.

    • Ceara says:

      I just finished the book less than twenty minutes ago.. I think suzanne Collins hit a dead end, her imagination depleted and ruined the entire trilogy. Throughout the whole story katniss acts as a strong, defiant, free-thinking but headstrong teenager (a true mockingjay!) I finished catching fire last night at two o’clock immediately propelling myself into mockingjay, unaware of the dissaointment that lay ahead. Katniss spends her time trying to save prim yet when she is killed she doesn’t even bother finding out why she was in the capital in the first place.. the pearl disappears.. as an active supporter of teamgale throughout the trilogy I was extremely disappointed with the ending, gale just disappears too.. why does katniss mention him kissing other girls in district two with a twine of jealousy? why did she pick peeta? why did gale just disappear? why has katniss completely abandoned her morals, she didn’t want children! the ending irritated me greatly. It seems as if the book was unfinished it just, ends? I think Suzanne Collins must have written a bunch of random scenario endings, closed her eyes and went eenie meenie minie mo, a bit like the gale/peeta situation. Why a waste of talent, so much left unsaid. Why did katniss abandon her mother but yet effie appears, wow I’m overjoyed. I Found the whole experience of reading well most of the second half of mockingjay underwhelming and unfulfilling. Stupid really. They should just collect all copies of mockingjay and rewrite it. Even to rewrite the epilogue would be an improvement. The last lines of a trilogy should be magnificent, inspiring and dramatic but I just found the last words of mockingjay dull and confusing. Also the fact that I kept comparing the katniss/peter/gale situation to twilight’s bella/Edward/Jacob scenario/lovetriangle was annoying but at least the twilight saga provided a suitable ending to the triangle! So aggravated over this silly ending, hope you feel proud mrs Collins, you disappointed a hell of a lot of people, myself included. I guess the odds werent always in your favour…

      • AllieD says:

        I have to disagree, I think the ending was very appropriate!
        If you think about what a Mockingjay does (repeats/emulates what other people tell you)-you can see how Katniss could never REALLY be The Mockingjay people want her to be, because they’ve established how she doesn’t follow instructions.

        I think what happens is she obviously is broken down, but I believe its a positive thing. For so long her mission is to be strong for other people, to make sure her family and Peeta survive, but eventually what needs to happen is she has to allow someone else to take care of her. I think the line about “that’s what we do, protect eachother” is very poignant because of that. She finally lets Peeta take care of her- and in exchange, by returning his love and giving him a family, this is her way of protecting him (giving him life).

        I think the story is supposed to be bleak, without some big triumph at the end. Its more poetic that way and true to who Katniss is- a flawed character who is lead only by her desire to keep the ones she loves happy and safe. Her writing off Gale so easily is important because she probably knew its better for him to be free of her, otherwise he would have just kept following her like a puppydog-I think the both of them knew it was better they cut ties so they could grow up and live their own lives. Sure, in the end you don’t really know if she’s even still convinced of her love for Peeta but I think she does realize that this is where she’s meant to be, and its the closest thing to happiness she’ll have-finally feeling safe and feeling like she has a clear purpose in taking care of Peeta and letting him take care of her.

  7. Johnnie-Mae says:

    Hated it. Hated it, hated it, hated it. For an hour after I finished the book, I just sat in a disapppointment-induced semi-catonic state. Suzanne Collins, what the hell? Where was the strong, passionate ‘girl on fire’ Katniss from books one and two? Where was the love triangle? Where was the choice we’d been waiting two whole books for Katniss to make- Gale or Peeta? This book was just one giant cop out. I can’t fault Collins writing style- it was as beautiful as ever- but the blandness of the plotline completely overrode it. No doubt people will think I’m frivolous and petty to be hankering after a proper conclusion of the Katniss/Peeta/Gale love triangle when I’ve been presented with a ‘realistic and honest display of war’, but how many wars have you seen lead by a vacant, drugged-up teenager? For that’s what Katniss became in this book, and it broke my heart far more than the hastily written (and forgotten) deaths of the other characters. Katniss was the hook in the series. In the Hunger Games she was defiant and bold and daring, while still managing to have a fierce love for her family, Gale and Peeta at the same time. In Mockingjay she was self-pitying and uncaring and barely there, a blank canvas of a girl who let the events of the other two books overcome her. Maybe that’s ‘realistic,’ but it’s in no way satisfying. We wanted Katniss to rise up and accept her role- and more than than, actually *try* to be the mockingjay because she believed in the cause. Instead we got a girl who hid in closets, whined about being merely the face of the revolution and let the choice of Peeta vs Gale be made for her. Now I only finished the book this morning, so there’s a slight chance this review might have a just a hint too much bitterness. Maybe when I’ve had some reflection time I’ll be able to find some redeeming qualities, but until then Mockingjay, in my eyes at least, is a monumental disappointment in an otherwise faultless series.

    • Cassia says:

      Johnnie-Mae, it´s like you took the words out of my mouth. I agree with you 100%. That´s just how I felt at the end of the book: hated it! hated it! hated it! Hated the author for that terrible ending, for torturing and killing every character we learned to love, for making me resent Katniss for being so stupid to Peeta, for geting help from everyone else and not helping others at all with the little things, aside from huge gestures of humanitarianism. Peeta and Katniss, at the end, are like to collapsed buildings that fell onto each, managing not to fall completely, although completely shattered. Just said!!!

  8. Alejandra Romo says:

    the book left me…dissappointed. i like the steriotypical endings. boo. >:(

  9. Amanda says:

    I have to say I love the series, and the people above make good points. Yes, it’s realistic. Yes, it’s not all suppose to be about the love triangle, but c’mon? I agree with the person who said that Katniss wasn’t the girl on fire in Mockingjay. Everything just played out while she was barely there. And at the end, she never really chose Peeta, it was Gale that moved on, really. I’m disappointed that we didn’t really see from the other characters much. Especially Peeta. I’m also upset that the other character’s deaths played out too fast and it didn’t even build me up to cry. The book seemed to drag out in my opinion, and it didn’t have that upbeat feeling like it had with the first book. Good, but unsatisfying.

    • Steph.S says:

      Completely agree. I was depressed for a good two days after I finished the third book. After getting so involved in the story line and the characters lives and feeling for them at every devastating moment, I was left disappointed. It ended so poorly, and katniss became a person I no longer admired, but rather despised. She lacked any kind of redeeming qualities in the last book, when really you wanted her to become the strong, independent, revolutionary leading heroine. But there was none of that, she had become a hopeless mess of a girl. I constantly wanted peeta to snap out of the ‘mind shock treatment’ but he never did after countless points in the book where it would have een perfect. The death of prim was devastating and the way gale just goes to district 2 for work was less than gratifying? The districts of panem needed to be changed and undergo extensive work. Yet none of that happened and katniss returns to a ruined district 12. The only real result of the revolution was the termination of the hunger games. Katniss gave up, that was evident. The last book was poorly constructed and all in all completely disappointing. Sorry Suzanne Collins.

  10. Shalma girl says:

    i was so disappointed mrs collins should of made 4th book the ending was bland and drab. i expected a better ending and the love triangle to be more dramatic. there are some authors like jk rowling who no how to end a story but mrs collins is not 1 of them

    • Molly says:

      I’d have to completely disagree with you. I like how everything got answered in the end of Mockingjay. While J.K. idea of an end was just kill everyone and we’ll just stick random people who had no intrest in each other in previous books into marriages together for no reason.

    • Awesomee says:

      I think you are way wrong. I loved that she answered all the questions and made every death seem more real…. I mean after Finnick and Prim died, I was sobbing even though it was a book. I think that Ms. Collins is brillient and to me Mockingjay seemed as amazing as all her other books. If you’ve actually thought about it… The Hunger Games trilogy is about survival not love….. and remember there is no Team Peeta or Team Gale…. There is only Team Finnick…:)

    • Ceara says:

      I think you are completely right, a certain lack of emotion was shown in mockingjay unlike the death of rue in the first book that had me in tears or peeta’s distinct sarcastic lines in catching fire that had me laughing several times over.. mockingjay was no doubt a disappointment!

  11. jess says:

    I actually didnt mind the ending in the sense that there was no big rebound of Katniss, no revelation or magical psychological fix, i feel having a happy ever after, after everything she had been through would have been way to unrealistic and sugar coated. I definitely feel that through the whole book there was a strong reference to our society and i think Katniss’s ending was the same, thats pretty much stated above that war is not pretty or fun like what we often see in the movies etc. In that way i see it almost as a respect to reality war torn people and circumstances but i may be overthinking here.

    I have to admit i was for Gale the whole way, (but my gosh i hate how this thing is turning into a scarily similar situation with “team gale or Peeta” like in twilight ugh, i think that undermines the depth of the series. anyway i really wanted them to get together, they were soul mates and it was just so perfect! but i saw the cracks beginning to show through the last book and Gale seemed to change also for kind of the worse. With the children’s bombing i could see there was no turning back then. But i still feel completely gutted that he was altogether out of her life, as inevitable as it was for one of them, it left me feeling like i had a hole in my own heart.

    But altogether this has been one of the most memorable, amazing and moving series ive ever read, i wish it never ended. Suzanne Collins i believe stand up just as strongly as J.K Rowling in her own right

    <3

    • Ceara says:

      Amazing how much I agree with you, stranger..

      I just finished the book less than twenty minutes ago.. I think suzanne Collins hit a dead end, her imagination depleted and ruined the entire trilogy. Throughout the whole story katniss acts as a strong, defiant, free-thinking but headstrong teenager (a true mockingjay!) I finished catching fire last night at two o’clock immediately propelling myself into mockingjay, unaware of the dissaointment that lay ahead. Katniss spends her time trying to save prim yet when she is killed she doesn’t even bother finding out why she was in the capital in the first place.. the pearl disappears.. as an active supporter of teamgale throughout the trilogy I was extremely disappointed with the ending, gale just disappears too.. why does katniss mention him kissing other girls in district two with a twine of jealousy? why did she pick peeta? why did gale just disappear? why has katniss completely abandoned her morals, she didn’t want children! the ending irritated me greatly. It seems as if the book was unfinished it just, ends? I think Suzanne Collins must have written a bunch of random scenario endings, closed her eyes and went eenie meenie minie mo, a bit like the gale/peeta situation. Why a waste of talent, so much left unsaid. Why did katniss abandon her mother but yet effie appears, wow I’m overjoyed. I Found the whole experience of reading well most of the second half of mockingjay underwhelming and unfulfilling. Stupid really. They should just collect all copies of mockingjay and rewrite it. Even to rewrite the epilogue would be an improvement. The last lines of a trilogy should be magnificent, inspiring and dramatic but I just found the last words of mockingjay dull and confusing. Also the fact that I kept comparing the katniss/peter/gale situation to twilight’s bella/Edward/Jacob scenario/lovetriangle was annoying but at least the twilight saga provided a suitable ending to the triangle! So aggravated over this silly ending, hope you feel proud mrs Collins, you disappointed a hell of a lot of people, myself included. I guess the odds werent always in your favour…

  12. Shan says:

    I didn’t mind the ending so much. It was disturbing in a way but I liked the realistic feel to it. After going through so much it definitely didn’t make sense that Katniss wouldn’t have any problems after the war was resolved. However, a lot of plot lines felt dropped to me. The love triangle that had been built up so much in the last book kind of fell apart. Gale was supposed to be someone Katniss could count on but as the story progressed he started to turn into this bad guy. And Peeta became a stranger to Katniss. I completely forgot that she was supposed to love one of them. And most of Katniss’s thoughts of rebellion began to fizzle as well as she became more and more occupied with being used as the Mockingjay. The entire ending felt rushed and messy. The war simply ends and some people die. Prim’s death caught me completely offguard and unlike many other character deaths I didn’t feel much when she died because it hadn’t been built up. It just felt thrown in. I agree with what others said earlier. Katniss didn’t “choose” over Gale or Peeta. Gale just went away and Peeta suddenly remembers that he loves her. It didn’t make sense that someone so close to Katniss would just leave her. But despite all of this it definitely was a great read and it doesn’t change my opinion of the trilogy at all. It was a great story and I can’t wait for the movie!

  13. Whitney says:

    I just finished Mockingjay and though I got what I wanted (Peeta and Katniss)being together, I can’t help but feel depressed. There’s so many unanswered questions, like why did Prim die? How did she get to the Capital? What was the point of book 1 where Katniss goes to save Prim’s life if in the end she dies anyway? And why marry Finnick off if only to kill him and leave his son fatherless? Yes, I got butterflies when Peeta returned and loved Katniss again, but I couldn’t help feeling sad that Gale was out of the picture. Couldn’t he have met a girl and stayed in 12? I feel like this book could’ve been written better with a better ending. Katniss to me is likeable, because not all girls are girly and submissive, some have opinions and other things on their minds rather than boys.

    • sul says:

      I agree.

    • Jez says:

      I agree. The books starts by pointing out that Katniss plans to go through everything to save Prim. In the end Prim dies anyway. Pointless?
      Katniss and Gale have their final conversation and Gale is never really heard from again which I don’t like. Some form of relationship is still need.
      It also feels like she just defaulted to Peeta. Give the kid some credit!

  14. HeartClover says:

    i generally liked it, but there were some thing i was really upset with.

    i felt like the book was rushed at the end and many important characters died. WARNING now i’m goin to rant about the deaths. i realize this book has a war in it and some important characters will die, but i didn’t like how they happened. the best example is finnick. he just got married in this book, then he dies? and killed by mutts was awful, because katniss, gale, etc. escaped from the mutts and finnck’s skills were just as good, so why did he die? i felt other characters who died also had unreasonable or unnecessary deaths. another problem is that katniss was really close to some of them in this book, like finnick, but after they died katniss mentioned them and felt sad. her sadness felt kind of fake because she didn’t realize how valuable those people were except prim. prim’s death, altough heartbraking, was one that i thought was perfectly executed because it made katniss realize the truth about coin.

    another thing i didn’t like was the ending. okay, i did like the ending, just not how it was explained. it just felt like a sad, but peaceful ending to a trilogy with lots of action.

    please understand that these are the things i didn’t like and i actually enjoyed this book a lot. my favourite thing about these books is katniss. she’s strong and brave and flawed. she’s not one of those annoying characters that give advice and make other people solve their problems (i only like that kind of thing in anime).
    she wasn’t lovesick, even though she did have romance in her life (*glares at bella*). she was strong and it was obvious why gale and peeta loved her.

  15. Omer says:

    The book was pretty good. I couldn’t stop reading. Collins’s writing style is so amazingly addictive and there wasn’t a minute I didn’t enjoy it. But, there were a lot of things that bothered me. The deaths were so fast and, and Katniss seemed to not care a lot about them until Prim died. When she agreed to do a Hunger Games with Capitol children– that was absolutely weird and uncharacteristic for the Katniss we learned to know throughout the trilogy. The ending was left a bad taste in my mouth, but many have mentioned it before and it’ll be pointless to repeat it. Katniss seemed to be regressing instead of progressing. The whole thing kind of happened while she was just there. What actually bothered me is Katniss’s relationship with Peeta and Gale. Yes, it’s not supposed to be all about the love triangle, but it bothers that at the end, when she chose Peeta, it seemed forced, not very genuine. I mean, it wouldn’t hurt for her to show at least some affection that actually has a romantic feeling to it. I think Gale was right when he said she will choose the one she can’t survive without— not the one she can’t live without or the one she loves. To me, that seems a little unfair towards Peeta. Throughout the whole trilogy there wasn’t a clear sign that Katniss is actually in love with either of them. Then at the end, when she chose Peeta, it just seemed wrong to me. The relationship with Gale is another thing that bothers me. When they try to get to the city circle and Gale asks her to shoot him and she doesn’t because she was so confused she didn’t get it, I think Gale saw that as her betraying him, or I don’t know really. It’s just that when she screams his name when the guards try to take her away after she shot Coin’s head expects him to shoot her, to help her, and he doesn’t, like he is getting back at her. He was suddenly this bad guy that she counted on and failed her. Katniss didn’t choose… Gale was out of the picture, so what was left is just Peeta. To me, her relationship with both of them was awful. I think she doesn’t really deserve Peeta, and Gale bailed on her when they were supposed to count on each other. And the fact that it doesn’t seem to bother either of [Katniss and Gale], just kind of gives the feeling that they were never actually that good of friends. I don’t believe she ever actually fell in love or was able to with either of them. She didn’t make the choice; the choice was made for her.

  16. Katie says:

    (Contains spoilers) Yes, I was captivated by the book and finished it in under a day. But, like some of these other comments, I was left disappointed. Katniss turned into this whiny brat that can’t do anything for herself. And with the love triangle, I expected some more romance than the ‘I don’t feel that good, so I’ll kiss you.’. Especially towards the end, when the choice was made, I was still hoping there’d be some romance.

    And how her mother completely ditched Katniss after Prim died (which makes me curious about why that was the only one that depressed her) annoyed me. Maybe I’m just raging at the ending and when I think about it some more, I’ll like it better. But right now, I am highly disappointed, especially with all the hype this series gets.

  17. Terry says:

    What people need to understand is *spoiler*, Gale helped create the bomb and premise of the second bomb going off killing the medics (her sister). She couldn’t face him anymore after that. Sure Prez Coin stole the bombs and used it on the kids, but Katniss will never forget it. That why Gale walked out of her life. I gotta say though, I cried at the end of the book. It was so powerful and the point of her having to be sedated alot and her not altogether recovering from such trauma shows that she’s not the invincible Mockingjay everyone beleived. She’s just a 17 year old girl trying to survive and keep her family/loved ones alive.

  18. Bigstik says:

    In reply to Terry;

    It was never established that Gale helped create those bomb. At best, he had a plan to use on combat troops that was similar. That’s as far as his part with the bomb goes. Ms Collins makes it a point to say that not ever Beetee – whom everyone likes and is the ‘smart scienct guy with a moral compass’ – knows if it was the Capitols bomb. Katniss is just selfish and whiny. She only thinks about herself.

    And it takes Peeta being chemically altered by the Capitol to realize Katniss isn’t perfect. He needed to realize that on his own.

    Peeta is the most bland character there is. He does nothing interesting in three books and is just dead weight in two and half of them. His obsession with Katniss is just creepy. It’s not romantic to commit emotional blackmail on a girl the way he did. For Christ’s sake, he told a national TV audience is fake girlfriend is fake pregnant. I guess that’s okay because he’s cute and sensitive.

    Oh, this isn’t a realistic look at war. You don’t have mutts in war. You don’t have exploding rose bushes. Presidents don’t use children as human shields. YOU DON’T HAVE A SIXTEEN YEAR AS YOUR SYMBOL. People are in wars and they come home just fine or at least functional. And not all good people die in war. This is just heavy handed anti-war propaganda.

    The number of apologist for this piece of crap is sickening. The first two books were really good. Mockingjay was just rubbish.

    • Genie Harris says:

      OMG! I was in the US Army and had the exact same sentiments as you. The first two books almost feel like a set up so you will read her anti war crap in the third book. So, so disappointed in the book and hated it. It was devoid of the richness, and continuity that the first two had. This girl is a heroine and young girls need that today, and I really think she blew it here….

  19. Emily says:

    I thought that the book was incedibly fast-paced. My friends advised me not to read the book as they said it would ‘ruin the whole series’, but i wanted to see how things turned out and so I read it. I thought there was a lot jammed in there, maybe too much, but that may have been impacted by the fact that I read it in four hours religiously. *SPOILER* I wish there was more on what happened to Gale. I swear, the fact that he was barely mentioned at the end nearly killed me, as I was Team Gale for a long time. Did he end up with another girl? What was the ‘fancy job’ anyway? Katniss seems so alone and depressed in the end, no family still with her. Even her mother doesn’t visit her. At least they have children, so it’s sort of happy. I thought that the last words ‘There are worse games to play,’ was incredibly genius and powerful. Because there always are worse games to play in life, especially when the Hunger Games are concerned.

  20. Erika says:

    i can’t get over how terrible this book was compared to the first two. Just a bunch of crapola. im aware its not a word but i have no other way to say it politely. i just finished it today and am now crabby as hell due to the terrible ending. the book itself was alright until the last few chapters. it seems like collins was using the sedated Katniss to cop out of writing something good. the whole book Katniss said she didn’t want to have kids and ends up popping some out for Peeta, the first unselfish thing shes done this whole time. Gale disappears, her so-called hunter who’s always got her back.
    This book gives nothing of what the readers want except for coin and snow dying. Don’t even get me started on Finnick, the frecken camera crew gets out scratched up at best and Finnick the victor dies….????
    ugg too much wrong to rant about

    • Cora says:

      I agree, im upset about how Gale dissapears and Finnick dies. I understand Gale would have been mad at Katniss for not killing him when he was taken by the peacekeepers, but he would never just ditch her like that. It all just seems so…wrong.

    • Genie Harris says:

      Yes, you are so right!!! I have been upset with this….I finally went on a blog by Sherri….she wrote an alternate ending that is awesome….I recommend you google it and read it, it is just an extra chapter, but at least I felt better about it. Hope hollywood does not use Suzanne Collins or need her approval for third movie….because I will not go see a depressing mess of a movie.

    • Katie says:

      I totally agree. The last few chapters totally killed it and it left me wondering if by that stage Collins had simply run out of ideas to use for the events surrounding Snow’s initial capture and the final takeover of the Capitol, because you miss the whole lot. Another important moment we missed because Katniss was doped up recovering from injury was Peeta’s rescue from the Capitol. It’s said that they are going to rescue him, then next thing you know they say they have rescued him. Gale disappearing and Finnick’s death were so disappointing, both were great characters and I don’t think they were done justice. It just didn’t feel right and to me, even though Collin’s has ended the seriers, it has never been finished. The impression I was left with after finishing this book was that, after war, there is no hope.

  21. Katniss says:

    When I finished the book all I could do was imagine the scenes Suzanne failed to described. I read the trilogy in a spiral of fever while I was having the flu. The last night my head went on and on with words and scenes from the book. Here’s what I imagined to be a proper additional page to the failed ending to the “love triangle” of The Mockingjay.

    Peeta has returned, has he really returned for me? Is he the old Peeta again, does he still love me, or it’s still the Mutt with hours of Dr. Aurelius in his head?
    The next morning Peeta walks in with a warm loaf of bread, this time the bread had cheese on it.
    As we were eating, Peeta paused to look at me. My fingers slipped through my hair only to remember yesterday I combed it and I’m probably a mess as usual, but nothing like the last few months waiting for him to come back. Because now I am certain, with Prim gone, my mother always non-existent, or at least I never depended much on her, and Gale driven by hatred instead of by gentleness and passion, the only person I was waiting to see was Peeta.
    He looks at me, like studying each segment of my face. His hands start running down my bony cheeks and I find myself making these new noises, like the ones a pup makes while crying for attention. I sit next to him and I lean over to him. I can hear his heart again, and I’m transported back to the beach, where I felt those kisses that left me wanting for more.
    He said: “Katniss, I know this is real, do you?”. I nodded. My lips recovered a temperature long gone, his lips were warm, and mine were instantly enveloped around his. It was eternal glory, kissing him, feeling alive again. A kiss that felt like going to the woods, like risking my life for Prim, like breathing the air after days of agony submerged in the lower levels of District 13. I felt my heart rising and with it all, my body temperature went up. Peeta was holding me with all his strength. At this point, I knew he would never let me go.
    We might have been full days or even weeks kissing, I don’t even remember eating. All I remember is waking up and feeling his grip around me, like chaining himself to me, and that brings me relief.

    • Alachia says:

      I have to agree with you. She spent so much time making moments between characters. Giving them wonderful conversations between each other and then last chapter fell so flat. I think it’s why I was left haunted by their characters long after I finished the book. It was as if she had killed them already…all of them.

      Then I read your “additional page” and thought.. Sweet damn. That’s it. That’s all it would have taken. Just given these characters a small inkling of a moment.. a life.. a flame.

      In any case, I’m going to insert your writing into the book where it should have gone and be able to close it now. Thank you!

    • Fiona says:

      “My lips recovered a temperature long gone, his lips were warm, and mine were instantly enveloped around his. It was eternal glory, kissing him, feeling alive again. A kiss that felt like going to the woods, like risking my life for Prim, like breathing the air after days of agony submerged in the lower levels of District 13. I felt my heart rising and with it all, my body temperature went (shooting)* up. Peeta was holding me with all his strength. At this point, I knew he would never let me go.”

      - Perfect paragraph.

    • Breann says:

      I finished Mockingjay about a week ago, and the story still plagues me because I needed more closure. I think I may just take your ending and insert it in my copy because that is just what the ending needed. Katniss mentions how she has a “feeling of warmth” from kissing Peeta at times, but I was hoping that she’d elaborate on how she’s feeling and was disappointed when she never really came to terms about how she really felt for Peeta. Thank you for that ending.

    • Frannie says:

      Amazing alternate ending. I loved how (although very sad) Prim still dies, Katniss still ends up with Peeta but Katniss actually get to choose who to spend her life with instead of having no choice and Peeta choosing for her. Basically what i liked about this was that although under the same circumstances and Katniss having gone under all the terrible things she went through she somewhat still got a “happy ending”…

  22. sabrina says:

    i too agree with some of the people above. i felt that it was rushed at the end i was left hanging there… wanting more information. i was hoping for a conversation between katniss and gale or a conversation between katniss and her mother mourning for there sister/daughter. I was also bothered that finnick died..maybe lose a arm but why death? because annie ends up having a baby while shes mentally damaged she needed finnick to bring her back to reality. it just seemed like Suzanne just wanted to hurry up and finish the book and kill everyone off. maybe i’m wrong? but i just felt she could of put more detail at the end. it was just bam, bam, bam, THE END. then youre just left there with questions.. i loved the first two books and i still liked the third i just felt like it wasnt finished.

  23. sabrina says:

    oh and i was hoping katniss would ask gale what he was going to tell her at the first hunger games. maybe suzanne forgot to full us in on that.. it still bugs me. i still want to know what he was going to tell her before they rushed him out of the room.

  24. Necesisstas says:

    SPOILER ALERT

    I too was disappointed with the ending. Especially with what happened with Gale. I mean Gale is there for her the whole time even when they’re falling out. He is always there till the end and then suddenly he is not? That’s not very satisfying. I also have to point out that Katniss was so annoying through the book. Even from the beginning she wasn’t this strong, determined girl she was in the last two books. Even from the beginning she was gone and that was bothering. The previous two books were real masterpieces but this book was rushed and in my opinion incomplete. Suzanne Collins is brilliant at building up tension but obviously not that good at bringing it to an end. I love Peeta and I was happy for him and Katniss but the way Gale had to leave the story was unfair. Fancy job? How disappointing.

    And Finnick. His death, along with many other brilliant characters’, was so rushed, so emotionless. He was gone just like that. I expected better from Collins. I didn’t like it.

  25. rachel says:

    THIS IS MY REVIEW.

    I think it was an absolutely breathtaking and masterful piece of work Collins has created. Though some of you are annoyed with how there wasn’t the ‘usual’ happy ending, where heroines fully regain their power and strength and lover and happy ending blah blah blah, I think this is what sets Mockingjay apart from other great novels like Harry Potter and Twilight (if you think so). I’m sure all of us are fortunate enough to never have been involved in a war. We don’t know how giant the emotional scars it can cause. The fact that Collins made the story sort of hang in the air and Katniss without a fully complete recovery of her old self makes the reality and raw consequences of war shine through. It makes us wonder if war has really that big a power to destroy a part of someone’s life. In this case, yes.

    ABOUT THE ROMANCE. Firstly, it was never really the main point of the book. The fact that the last line of the entire series says “Because there are much worse games to play” (which by the way is a beautiful, beautiful line) shows that the message of these 3 books after all is about war. How peace is important and war does nothing but wreck the lives of millions including previously thought indestructible girls on fire. It shows not a single soul can ever escape from the harm of war, not even the bravest.

    I loved Peeta from the very start, and he is still my favourite character, and it kills me to know he was never the same again. But the choice to make him this further enhances the meaningful message on war Collins wishes to send to millions of people who turn her pages. I cried like hell when Finnick died (didn’t you?) , and just as Katniss didn’t even have time to mull over her close friend, her readers didn’t too, and so we experienced first-hand that pain of having to let a loved one go without even a final word of goodbye. The thing is, because of the skillful way Collins picked up her pen, we were able to feel exactly how Katniss felt. Pain. Grief. Joy. Hope. Love. Hate. Every single bit of it, in its truest form. That’s why this book will stay in readers’ hearts for a long, long time to come.

    In conclusion, I feel Collins has crafted a raw, realistic, hauntingly beautiful piece of 388+ pages that breathes new life into the themes of love, war, and sacrifice.

    • Dorothy says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth! I’m glad at least some of us feel that Mockingjay was absolutely breath-taking :)

  26. leah says:

    I could not put the book down until i finished reading it. By the end though, i was very angry. Katniss was finally getting close to the capitol and then her sister dies. the person she volunteered for in the beginning so she wouldnt die. And then she is depressed for the rest of the story until Peeta randomly shows up and she chooses him. Of course she chooses him! There’s no one left! Gale just left, her mother abandoned her again, Cinna’s gone, Finnick who was just married to a lunatic dies, Boggs who seems to be one of the only people on her side dies, and somehow Effie survives, someone who i wouldnt mind dying.

    After all that, i feel Katniss isn’t appreciated for all that she has done. She is just dropped off in a deserted place with Haymitch who is still a drunk. I just feel that after everything, Katnisss should be one of the most important people that everyone should look to for help.

    It was finally time for Katniss to become, or be, the girl on fire and then everything is taken away. I understand that it is more realistic, but who cares? The readers always want everything to work out and leave reading the book smiling. But no, i ended up sitting in bed for 30 minutes trying to understand why the author wanted it to end to like this. The only reason i can think of is that she is lazy. In the middle of the action she just takes Katniss and drops her into a hospital like she has been doing for the last two books. the whole book is katniss doing something good and then ending up in a hospital. SUPER disappointment. Pretty much everyone is dead and Katniss is forced with Peeta and Katniss becomes nothing when she should be everyting.

    • leah says:

      i didnt realize how bad my post is.here is my list of wrongs:

      Finnick dies and then we hear nothing about him.

      Katniss is finally at the capitol and being the mocking jay but then the author dumps her in a hospital like she has been doing the whole book

      Prim dies………… This whole started by trying to save Prim and then she dies!?!?

      Katniss and Haymitch are just dumped back to District 12 because they aren’t “needed”

      Haymitch is still a drunk

      Gale just leaves even though he has been by her side throughout the story

      Katniss is pretty much forced with Peeta because there is no one left

      Effie survived, but Cinna, Finnick, and Prim didn’t

      I feel like I wasted all this time reading and getting really into the series. I feel that by the end of it all, Katniss should be a very important person to the districts. She should be some kind of leader everyone looks up to, not just dumped in a deserted place. i did not read over 700 pages for Katniss to end up with a depressed, weak, lonely, and broken.

    • leah says:

      here is my list of wrongs:

      Finnick dies and then we hear nothing about him.

      Katniss is finally at the capitol and being the mocking jay but then the author dumps her in a hospital like she has been doing the book

      Prim dies………… This whole started by trying to save Prim and then she dies!?!?

      Katniss and Haymitch are just dumped back to District 12 because they aren’t “needed”

      Haymitch is still a drunk

      Gale just leaves even though he has been by her side throughout the story

      Katniss is pretty much forced with Peeta because there is no one left

      Effie survived, but Cinna, Finnick, and Prim didn’t

      I feel like I wasted all this time reading and getting really into the series. I feel that by the end of it all, Katniss should be a very important person to the districts. She should be some kind of leader everyone looks up to, not just dumped in a deserted place. i did not read over 700 pages for Katniss to end up being depressed, weak, lonely, and broken

  27. Cora says:

    **SPOILER**
    I hated the ending. I absolutely hated it. I feel that Katniss had built up such a relationship with Gale only to have it torn away from her because the only one left is Peeta. She never chose Peeta, he was just the only one left. And the whole thing about her being left in a deserted town with drunken Haymitch and the mental Peeta, I can’t even begin to describe how awful it is.
    Also, didn’t this entire thing start because Katniss Everdeen wanted to save her sister? But in the end she dies in the capitol, thats just a downer.
    In the first two books it made Katniss ‘the girl on fire’ look like such a strong and independent girl. She was smart, brave, and resourceful. But in the Mockingjay, shes innocent, stupid, broken, and mentally ill. I understand that the Hunger Games is very sick and twisted, but i never thought it would be this terrible.
    Of course, im not saying she did a bad job. I think the Hunger Games series was AMAZING. Its just the ending was very…dissapointing. I personally think she should have ended up with Gale, and NOT in district 12.
    After i finished the book i kind of just stared at the ceiling. My emotions were jumbled, i was very confused, and i was very mad. The books were great, but the ending? absolutely TERRIBLE.

  28. Cora says:

    Also, i feel that the last book kind of ruined the whole series. I wish it had stopped after the rebels won, they had a epiloug of Katniss and Peeta/Gale, then called it THE END. But no, she had to make the ending very distasteful.
    Also, I hated how Katniss was so mentally unstable throughout the entire book. I understand that shes supposed to look “helpless” in parts, but she kept ending up in the hospital bed, knocking herself out. Very blah if you ask me.

  29. Ashi says:

    Wow…can’t believe how many people hated the ending. I’m one of them too! Many friends of mine hold the same opinion, actually. Personally, I feel a lot of the deaths were a little ‘predictable’ so to speak. Like the death of Boggs, Jackson, etc. even Finnick if one reads tragedy novels a lot. I was okay(not happy/satisfied,just okay with it.) the real,rage came to me when prim died. Man. I was so angry. Her death was definitely unprecendedted and unnecessary. Collins expression of how katniss wallowed in her sorrow after that was magnificent(made me cry!) , no doubt, but her death was really not needed.
    Now, moving on from that. I also feel, like many others here, that katniss was way out of character in this book. The aggression, passion and fire was missing quite a lot. I saw a glimpse of her when she made the decision to kill coin, but other than that, the ‘girl on fire’ was hardly there. I was actually thinking of a completely different ending when I finished reading the first 2 books. I was really hoping to see aggression and fire and thirst for revenge from katniss for taking away her home and peeta. Instead, she is portrayed as a coward and a whiney brat whose too weak to step up. I think it was a radical change from the previous books. That’s the second most disappointing part of this book.
    The final part that hurt me the most, actually, was how the war played out. Honestly, if u ask me, I was expecting katniss to play a much much bigger role in the fall of the Capitol. The build-up forced me to think so. The faking of their deaths, the death of all her comrades. Everything indicated that she would be boiling with rage and, with the element of surprise, be a key reason for the fall of the Capitol. I do enjoy books that are unpredictable, but this was one thing I hated A LOT in this book. I was really screaming WTH! when they showed that the rebels had infiltrated the Capitol and katniss had absolutely NOTHING to do with that. Seriously? That’s like saying about 100 pages in the book are absolutely unnecessary. What was the point of all that training? What was the point of her becoming the mockingjay? What was the point in her running away from the rebel camp? What, basically, is the point of all the people who died in her fabricated mission that wasn’t even accomplished???
    For me, this book was a major major disappointment. I enjoyed reading it because the style is absolutely wonderful. The first two book were so amazing, I don’t think I have read anything better and more absorbing. But the final book was one that I wish could be changed. Collins and other fans who are all ready to start beating me to pulp, I am sorry.

  30. dk says:

    I’m not even sure it was just the end that was the problem. Collins built up so many ideas throughout the trilogy that just didn’t add up..
    Peter supposedly being completely in love with her from the moment he saw her, only to forget it? I like the idea of him seeing her for what she is, but I don’t understand where the actual turnaround was.. when did he remember he loved her again, and was it just remembering he loved her or falling in love with her all over again? and if the latter, then why? I know she supposedly had all these redeeming qualities, but I saw very few.. and even they weren’t explained properly..
    Also, I can’t remember what was actually said, but she confides in Gale about how Peeta’s finally seen her for who she is, and Gale defends her.. so then why does he think so lowly of her after when he said she’s just going to go for
    I know it’s not supposed to be the typical love story, but why bother making Gale’s and Peeta’s love for her such a big deal (and a vital basis for everything that happens in the games and the war in general) if she’s not going to follow through with it. Her and Gale end up being really distant and actually, I end up hating him during the third book. I know his hatred for how they’ve all been treated has always been there, but it just didn’t work in Mockingjay. I think if Collins tried to justify why he became so merciless, I’d feel more pity for him. It’s more of a ‘he’s always been like that’ thing, and the bit about how his father was killed in the mine should have had a bit more of an impact on him when he blows up the mountain, but he just doesn’t care.. which makes his excuse for being so angry at the Capitol a bit weaker. I also don’t like how easily he does whatever Coin wants, and trusts her instantly (or even Katniss- I know she never really trusts Coin, but her distrust isn’t made clear enough either). I think I just saw Gale as more of a leader with his own opinion (especially since he never even gives into Katniss who he supposedly loves), rather than someone who’s so easily manipulated..
    As well as that, he only started loving her 6 months before the games..?I didn’t want the whole ‘love at first sight’ thing, but that was just ridiculous. Not sure if I’m alone in thinking that?

    The end was a bit of a disappointment, but only because she just doesn’t pick an ending. It wasn’t completely destructive, but it wasn’t hopeful or romantic either- just a bit emotionless and depressing. Prim’s death was described too quickly. The whole trilogy is supposed to be about how she’d do anything for her family or Gale or even Peeta and then she just gives up. You don’t fully feel the blow of Prim’s death even though you do really get to like her. It was a bit of a letdown, and even Peeta’s character sort of just drops towards the end. I liked and pitied him before that, but Collins sort of killed his determination. How he makes so little effort near the end.. it just doesn’t seem like him since he’s been fighting so hard for 3 books..
    Finnick’s death- admittedly it was a little bit pointless, but other than that I can see why she includes it. What I don’t like is how it sort of goes unnoticed. Katniss gets upset for a bit and then no-one really cares. They made him such a big character in this book and then it doesn’t really lead to much.. Annie has a kid, that kid doesn’t have a dad anymore.. but not much is said about that?
    As for Katniss, I can never really decide whether I like her or not. I think she loses that whole rebellious, compassionate side that you see with Rue’s death. She pities herself too much and I only really care about her when she risks her life to see if the worker in district 2 is okay..

    The fast pace works.. there was something new to shock me every few pages. I loved all 3 books- couldn’t stop myself reading them. I just think some things weren’t explained or emphasised enough leaving so much of what made it such an emotional trilogy a bit unresolved and depressing. It felt like there was a lot unsaid, and I wanted more.

    • dk says:

      Oops, meant to say:
      Also, I can’t remember what was actually said, but she confides in Gale about how Peeta’s finally seen her for who she is, and Gale defends her.. so then why does he think so lowly of her after when he said she’s just going to go for whoever she can’t survive without. I understand that it’s true, but it just proves even he thinks she’s selfish, which I don’t like. He just contradicts himself..

  31. Bayli says:

    Everyone who is unsatisfied with the ending seems to be craving a happy one. I think I did too at first– Personally, I wanted Katniss to marry Gale who seems to have always been there for her, remain friends wih Peeta, who continued to struggle with his memories, and live happily in her own home in District 12 with Prim and Haymitch and her mother.
    But the ending was brutally real. I think what all of us were feeling– anger, disbelief, sadness, grief, disappointment– is exactly what Collins intended us to feel. Katniss must have been experiencing the same emotions, on a much larger scale. War means loss. And this was a seriously damaging war. Losing Prim seemed to kill Katniss on the inside. Gale was tied to her murder, unfairly, one way or another. Katniss admitted to herself she would never be able to fully look at him the same way again. And Gale spoke the true words: “Protecting your family was the one thing I had going for me.” Peeta was all sorts of messed up, but he was able to reconcile with his confusing memories and once again embrace his love for Katniss. That is probably the happiest part in the book. People stated that Katniss never really got to choose between Gale or Peeta. The fact is, she just never had to. In fact, the book states that she was relieved she never had to, when she found out that Gale stayed in District 2. She would’ve chosen Peeta regardless, and she says that clearly. Gale was filled with too much anger and hatred, and she needed an optimistic light in her life through all of the darkness. Peeta is that light.
    Although I was sad and disappointed by the physical deaths of the characters and the emotional death of Katniss, I am amazed by the emotions that Collins evokes in me as I read the book. War brings sadness and disappointment. In times of war, especially if you are in combat, you don’t have time to revel in your grief when someone dies, just as when Finnick died. Katniss had to keep moving. Katniss will never fully recover from what she witnessed and experienced during the war. She has a little bit of happiness with her newfound family, but she will never be the same, and has fears of the same fate for them. Mockingbird was reality.

  32. Abby says:

    She doesn’t have to choose Peeta, because he is chosen for her.

    He is the most symbolic character. The light in the darkness. He always appears at her darkest moments. On the day she’s 11 and about to give up. At the reaping. At the end, when a new beginning seems impossible.

    There has never been a love triangle.

    Gale is her family. He’s the support she never had growing up. It’s a different kind of love. Their bond is very deep, but there’s no fire. She is confused because she knows he loves her and doesn’t want to hurt him.

    Katniss starts loving Peeta from the beginning. First, she discovers his warmth and then “the unexpected heat behind it”. Slowly, she understands how much she loves him and how breakable she has become because of her love. At the end, she simply surrenders to him. They have lost everything but each other.

  33. Rem says:

    I really agree with you on this one about the relationship between Peeta and Katniss. I’d like to believe that this is one of the most compelling ideas running through this series, at least for a hopeless romantic such as me.

    • Abby says:

      There are many reasons why I believe this is how their relationship develops. But there’s one that completely convinced me.

      A little background: when Katniss and Peeta are in the cave and she wonders how to play in love, she remembers her parents’ relationship and how her mother almost stopped living when her father died.

      In “Catching Fire” there’s this moment at the end where Finnick tells her how sorry he is for not being able to go back for Peeta and how the Capitol will torture him. Katniss’ reaction: “I give up. Stop speaking, responding, refuse food and water. They can pump whatever they want into my arm, but it takes more than that to keep a person going once she’s lost the will to live.”

  34. MacKensie says:

    I was not disappointed in this book due to the darkness of it, because hey it’s war. My frustration with the ending of this novel was based on the details that I felt like Collins let fizzle out that could have been so much more. As I was reading I felt like she was setting me up to go somewhere and then the whole idea just disappeared. I know she is an amazing writer as the last two books have proven, so here are the wonderful details she wrote about and here is where I personally thought they were heading.

    The pearl that she brought over from the second novel found it’s way all throughout the third book. She even has it in the city as her team begins to raid the city. After Peeta insists on them taking his own life, Collins writes about the handcuff key being in the same place as the pearl. (“No” I echo. ‘”But I want the key.” Jackson passes it over without a word. I slip it into my pants pocket, where it clicks against the pearl.) Later in the next chapter Katniss tries to take the handcuffs off of Peeta and he insists that they help him focus during the attacks, I felt as thought the pearl was going to come into play and be his new focus. To reach into the same pocket and replace the cuffs with the pearl as a token to help him focus on the good instead of the bad. I also think that this concept could have been played to the end as you see that Katniss’ wedding ring is that same pearl.

    The second thing I felt was missing was a redeeming moment for Peeta for the audience to know that he is still the same Peeta that we fell in love with at the beginning of the series. Again I feel like Collins give us an idea of this by suggesting that he has suffered the same burns as Katniss from the final explosion that has taken Prim’s life. But I wish there had been more of an elaboration on this. That maybe his main concern was not leaving the city undetected but once again focused on the survival of Katniss. Even a vague flashback from Katniss’ memories of seeing Peeta trying to save her or even Prim.

    The last item from the novel that didn’t sit well for me was the death of President Snow. This was disappointed cause I truly believe that Collins had set it up perfectly. We are told that she only has one arrow, that these are the same arrows from her costume that were altered with more speed and power, and Coin having an excuse to be right next to Snow. (AS she passes me, I hold up the glass with the rose. ” Can you see that Snow’s wearing this? Just over his heart?” Coin smiles. “Of course. And I’ll make sure he knows about the games.”) It was all in place. I thought she was setting it up so that Coin personally placed the rose in Snow’s lapel, and then while whispering into his ear about the games, Katniss would use her one arrow to kill both of them at the same time. Symbolizing that Coin and Snow where one in the same person.

    Again I think that Susan Collins is a great author and I think that the overall series of the Hunger Games was a huge success.

    • Abby says:

      I haven’t thought about the meaning of the pearl and the key together, but now that you mentioned it, it makes sense. The author has many biblical references throughout the book and this is one of them.
      The peal is not only a symbol of purity of spirit, but also a key to Heaven. By putting the other key in her pocket, she holds the keys to all doors.

  35. Amy says:

    I hated this ending, I completely agree about katniss never really becoming the mockingjay I also believe that these books seem as incomplete as they were in the begining. I also don’t like how gale just wasn’t there anymore. We never got to see why he didn’t shoot her wether he was angry at her for killing snow or if he loved her too much to let her die. What part did he have to play in her trial? He didn’t die, he didn’t leave, say good bye or write, why does he just dissapear? How does the rest of the world see katniss now? Who is peeta mellark? Mutt or boy with the bread? This story isn’t finished wether we know the ending or not.

  36. Agreed. I would have liked to see a clearer development from Katniss in the last book. In the end I felt like the characters became a little muddled and I was left unsure exactly who Katniss was.

    Nice review, and cool site. Thanks.

    My review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

  37. Disappointed reader says:

    So hunger games and catching fire was awesome…but I hate mockingjay so bad. Reasons:
    It’s boring cuz all katniss does is go mental and hate the Capitol.
    I hate coins attitude but I guess that’s intended
    Everyone dies! Boggs, prim… Etc
    WORT OF ALL, SHE MARRIES PEETA!!! **** , Peeta!

  38. sul says:

    I think the ending was rushed.

  39. sul says:

    I think there should at least be one happy bit. The ending was rushed and left sooo many unansered questions. Collins should write a 4th book.

  40. Marty says:

    At first I didn’t like the ending, but after reading it again, I realized that essentially what more could SC have written to make any of it better.

    I read the comments about how some people are upset about Katniss not choosing in the end, but I think she absolutely did. She knew that Gale had gone to D2, and although she had to remain in D12 until further notice, if she really wanted to be with him, she would have made sure to get to him somehow. I am sure the killing of Prim was a big part of her not wanting him, but I have to be honest, I didn’t ever get the feeling that she was ever in love with Gale. I believe that she loved him as a friend and in CF her feelings for him after he was whipped were because he was “wounded” and she felt responsible.

    In my mind, I always felt that she would be with Peeta. As another poster said, “she didn’t have to choose him, he was chosen for her.” I agree with that only in the terms that it was destiny. It was destiny that brought them together for the first games and eventually brought them back together in the end.

  41. Dani says:

    I loved it. This series left me emotionally drained and sad and empty, and that’s what I enjoy. It made me laugh, horrified me and made me cry. Why pick out flaws? If you didn’t like it, it’s not like you have to read it again. I found the ending perfect, doesn’t anyone remember how upset people were when Breaking Dawn ended with Bella having everything she wanted? This was a refreshing change from a happy ending. It shows just a glimmer of hope, new life, innocence. Things like this would never truly go away, you’d be haunted by memories until the day you died. I know I’d be broken. Wouldn’t you?

    • Lourdes says:

      I agree!! nothing in life comes for free… the book is great and tough, hero’s come home broken, they also have to pay the consequences of their fight and the victory is always bitter sweet. I thought the books were great, bitter sweet ending?, well that is life.

  42. Rebecca says:

    I really enjoyed the books. All threel. Except as I was reading the third, I was very concious that the amount of pages were getting lower and the story was still continuing with the Capitol. Basically, I think the book rushed to a finish. There wasnt enough time and explanation given. When reading books like these, I think people get absorbed in them and they feel like they are in that world, and playing the character in the book. The rest of Katniss’ life and the aftermath of the rebellion were summarized in a chapter or two? A little more depth would have given more closure!
    I found with reading these books, the last sentence of every chapter literally made me scream! It was teriibly exciting and absorbing but the last two/three chapters left me disappointed after all the excitement in the other books. I closed the back cover and just sat there thinking ‘what the hell!?’ Loved the books, but in denial about the disappointing ending of Mockingjay.

  43. Matthew says:

    I was very disappointed with this book. If you’ve read the previous two books I’d still recommend you read through this to see how Suzanne Collins wraps up the trilogy. However, don’t expect the satisfying ending we were all hoping for. There were too many things I disliked in this book to even begin discussing here. But I’ll give some a go.
    My two biggest issues:
    This book was simply not as well written as the others. Simple as that, plot holes, unnecessary new characters 3/4 way through the book.
    Katniss fails to become what we expect of her. Suzanne Collins seems to have changed her mind about the point of this series and delivered us an anti-climactic mess, devoid of hope and resolution. If she was trying to portray the realistic everlasting devastation of war on its victims, she should have made that clear from the beginning, instead of allowing us to try and find a heroine in Katniss.

  44. DasYones says:

    I could forgive EVERYTHING in Mockingjay except for Prim’s death. That was the ONLY reason Katniss was thrown into the Hunger Games to begin with.

    Although I liked Finnick and wished his death was handled better, it had none of the outright shock and disbelieving that Prim’s did. Maybe this is what Suzanne had in mind, but, IMHO, we, and Katniss, had sustained plenty of this already. I honestly don’t know what she was thinking.

    Prim was everything pure and innocent(even with the horrors she’d seen helping her mother). Rue, of the same mold, had already been taken from us and her death was another key catalyst for the rebellion to propogate. Although tragic, her death was a necessity.

    With Prim being thrown into the frontlines of a war, presumably without any military training, while Katniss and Johanna having to bust their butts to prove they were prepared for battle, was unbelievable, to say the least.

    Everything Katniss had fought for and SC had built up to was destroyed for me or handled clumsily in the Mockingjay book. I was never Team-Peeta or Gale, but the scenario of Peeta’s hijacking and his love of Katniss being twisted and forgotten, was hard to swallow. Gale’s disappearance near the end, an afterthought that deserved so much more.

    Personally, I needed for Katniss’s main purpose to be preserved: the survival of her sister. Without this, the series seems unbalanced. War is hell… But, where is the hope and belief in humanity?

    I finished the first 2 books feeling optimistic… With Mockingjay, I almost feel like I was sucker-punched at the end. How can they make a movie out of this?… Presumably 4 now? If they split Mockingjay into 2, I don’t know where they would split it and don’t think I’d want to pay that type of $$ to leave leave the theatre completely depressed…

    • Andy says:

      Don’t worry – screenwriters often change a story, including the end. For example, Grisham’s “The Firm” kind of peters out, but they fixed that for the moie.

  45. Kayla says:

    …wow. the ending to Mokingjay exhibits extreme editorial laziness in writing and planning. How can a series that had so much potential, crash and burn in the worst possible atrocity that’s ever been written? Suzanne Collins’ ending is devoid of all emotion and lacking in any type of excitement. Too many situations and relationships which should have been elaborated on, (or at the very least concluded) are left as incomplete plot threads which have little, to no ending. The complete lack of any finality is absurd. I can only attribute this to poor writing skills and laziness. I wish I could say that I enjoyed the last moments we are allowed in the nation of Panem, but quite frankly, the ending is so devoid of any emotional connection that the idea itself is inconceivable. Smh. Hunger Games, I had faith in you.

  46. Brittany says:

    Those who do not like the ending of the book simply do not understand the point of the entire series.

    The series was not a love story and it was not supposed to be about how Katniss could rise above everything else.

    The overall point of the series was that at the end of it all, no matter what, the Hunger Games did in fact change everyone and have a long-lasting effect on them. At the end of everything, the Capitol, in some way, did win. They may not have won the war, but they succeeded in forever negatively changing the lives of everyone.

    Haymitch is the perfect example. He won the games and they were over for him, but he still turned into a drunk and had nightmares. The games forever changed him and a part of him could never be happy again.

    Prim needed to die. It adds to the idea that Snow and the Capitol did forever take a part of Katniss and she couldn’t do anything about it. She was supposed to be helpless in this series. It isn’t meant to be positive. Prim dying MAKES the series balanced. It shows Katniss can defy the Capitol all she wants, but they still win. They still will always find a way to undercut her.

    The quick ending of Gale was also necessary. It was MEANT to be an after thought. The story was never meant to be a love story. It was supposed to be about the Games, about the Captiol, and about the effect it had on everyone. Gale leaving shows that Katniss never could truly get what she wanted. That the Games did take one of the things that she wanted most. And that was out of her control.

    The epilogue was also well done. The kids’ names aren’t supposed to be mentioned and it isn’t meant to be optimistic or positive. After the Games, Katniss is like Haymitch. She just goes through the motions, so to speak. She’s never truly happy or content with that happens. That’s why her marriage to Peeta is quickly mentioned along with the kids. It ISN’T a story about HER. It’s a story about the war, about the Capitol, about the effects of the Games. She’s not supposed to be happy at the end, the Games are supposed to scar her and take a part from her that actually cares. The ending shows that a part of her just doesn’t care anymore because the Games were that scaring.

    It was a beautiful and well-done ending. You just have to keep in mind what the series was trying to portray and that it isn’t meant to end happily.

    • Andy says:

      I can go with the love story being more of a subplot. The series was definitely about more than that. I do think that the love triangle was a central element, providing a lot of the tension in all three books, and that the readers deserved more than a passing mention of it’s resolution.

  47. Marty says:

    I think maybe the book should just be taken at face value and perhaps we are all reading too much into this story. War is terrible, Katniss and everyone around her gets hurt by war, everyone comes home broken down from war, we do what we can to move on, try not to live in the past, but do not forget it.

    Catching Fire was the love story, Mockingjay is the dramatic end, because we all know that every good story has to end at some point.

  48. Anna Cubeddu says:

    I like mockingjay… however I feel it was not as good as the second, which was not as good as the first, I’m not saying they aren’t good, they are amazing, but I just like the first the best.

    Anyway back to mockingjay: I think the most of mockingjay is too military based, but all the negative comments about the ending obviously do not get the morol, it just shows that, althogh you lose things and may feel you will never get over it, things do get better, eventually with the support of all the ones you love, I think its really descriptive and thought-provoking. Wonderful series of books :)

  49. sul says:

    ending was rushed.

  50. Every Day I'm Shufflin says:

    That Sucks BillaBalls

  51. Marriann says:

    I loved the series but there was just so many unanswered questions throughout it all. The first and second books made sense but when it came to the third book it was like Suzanne Collins just wanted it to be over like she didn’t have any ideas for it any more. After I had finished reading mockingjay all these questions came to mind:
    Did Katniss ever see her mum again?
    Did she ever see Gale again?
    Did Gale ever find love?
    Was the hunger games completely demolished or did they restart again?
    How did Annie cope with the loss of Finnick?
    How did their son grow up without the mention of his dad?
    How did Peeta manage to convince Katniss to have children?
    Did Gale ever have children?
    Did everyone get fair amounts of food? Or were they still left in hunger?
    The list is endless but there’s a few but after I finished mockingjay, it just didn’t feel like the story had been ended like it was still lingering to go on. The thing that didn’t make sense to me was how could Peeta forget he loved Katniss if he’s loved her since she was 5? How could he just automatically remember right at the end of the book that he’s so madly in love with her? I know the story isn’t about the love triangle, it’s about the war and things but it just confuses me throughout it all. I personally feel that the book is rushed but it just doesn’t live up to the level the other two books are written. I will read the series again and again and I maybe just find out that the ending is perfect but for the moment all these unanswered questions are lingering.

    ~Just my own personal opinion.

  52. Javi says:

    Just finished the book, and found it beautiful from beginning to end. Indeed, it’s different from the first two books but great none the less. I see most people are angry with the ending as it feels rush, and I agree in the sense that it could have given more closure to some of the characters or even about the post-revolution world…BUT…i think many of the critics could be argued if we look at the themes of the novel…(my opinion of course)

    -Prim dies. Some people are angry because saving Prim was the whole point of the first book, so killing her off just makes it all feel little pointless. But it could be argued that the fact that she was the whole point in the first novel, just goes to show that war is unforgiven. And that power hungry organizations or people like Coin or Snow will do anything to stay in power. Sad but true, look how quickly and without remorse one of the key characters was killed off. This is what i believe Collins wanted to demonstrate.

    -the ending felt bland. After such trauma that Katniss amd te world endures, I believe a bland ending is highly optimistic. Just goes to show the aftermath of war. I actually believe the ending was really hopeful considering all the past circumstances.

    -Gale. (not a love story but..) I didn’t like how Gale and Katniss ended their relationship. Cant really argue much, they were best friend all there lives, how could it had ended so abruptly? :/ Of course we noticed through out the book how Gale and Katniss’ attitudes begin to clash as they get more involved in the war and there opinions and mentalities begin to change. *key moment: when Gale planned burying everyone alive in the Nut* Still, we could have gotten a little more information

    -Peeta. NO Katniss did not default on Peeta. I didnt like the fact that Peeta fell in love with her without even knowing her in the first book…but regardless…they had plenty of time to actually fall in love. Katniss was just confused regarding her emotions towards Gale and Peeta, but i think she makes it pretty clear that Peeta was the one she really loved. Katniss simply didnt know she did, i believe one key point would be when Finnick tells Katniss how he realizes her love for Peeta wasnt an act when Peeta bounced off the force field and almost died.

    - Katniss does not become the hero we expect her to be. Collins makes us believe this and built up our expectations, but the truth is (and i believe we all deep inside knew this) Katniss was just a 17 year old girl who was stacked with enormous pressure, but she never really called the shot on anything big involving the revolutions. She was just a pawn but she did become a hero every time she chose to be above the system. Not the fantastical mockingjay, but a hero none the less.

    I guess to sum it up, was isnt pretty and there was a lot of things we wished would be happier, like knowing a little more about the characters who dies, or that they actually had cool honorable deaths… but thats just not the case. In many cases not even Katniss had time to profoundly reflect about the deaths, and neither did we.

    Sorry for long post, this is all my opinion of course

  53. Andy says:

    I got the sense that she ran out ouf time as the publisher’s deadline approached.

  54. "If we burn, you burn with us" says:

    I think that the book overall was really good and i couldn’t put it down, but as i nearly reached the end of the book i was waiting for either of these two events to happen which would bring me to tears BUT DID NOT HAPPEN!

    1. Something more romantic occurs with either two but she doesn’t completely separate from the other.

    2. She commits, letting go of her life so that she could be with those she onced loved. And before letting go of her life says a phrase that was really emotional.

    I know option 2 sounds weird but i was actually wanting something like that which would make me cry and i actually thought that was going to happen. The first two books were amazing and this book i say was a pleasure to read but was missing many different elements. Half the time she was in the hospital with the tubes placed in her body which in my belief was a waste of paper! They didn’t focus on the love element at all and i didn’t like it how not once in the book they had a moment where katniss and peeta bonded, kissed, hugged or said something which moved me. The ending wasn’t extremely bad and i guess i quite enjoyed it but it could of been better.

    I have to say that the series itself was probably the best I’ve read but at time i got a little bit confused and couldn’t understand what was happening until I went back and read the last couple of pages a few times.

    Some of the good factors of this book is that unlike book 2 they actually focused on the name of the of the book “mockingjay”, whereas in catching fire the title was like it was chosen from a hat. They use of descriptive language had made you feel like you in fact were Katniss Everdeen and that your life had been shuttered. When i thought about the book for a couple of nights i decided that the book had a realistic ending that if i was going through her situation would do the same thing. I actually from the begging wanted Peeta to be with Katniss but of course not in that way but romantically. Mockingjay at the end of every chapter left a new mystery hanging or a shock, i literally forced myself to cover the last paragraph of each chapter so i wouldn’t overlook to see what happened.

    I also believe that the bond between her mother had never been focused on which was heartbreaking including when realizing that they were never really to meet again only by phone call. This triggered a tear straight throw my eye noticing that her life had completely turned around after these series of events even with her own mother in which she knew all her life.

    i have so many answered questions which have crepted through my mind:
    1. Did Gale and Katniss Everdeen ever have contact since.
    2. Were people still living in district 13.
    3. After all the things Katniss and Gale had been through how could the break their realtionship so easily
    And so many more questions which could go on forever.

    To be honest this is the first book which actually swept emotion through me and i would actually want to thank Suzanne Collins for writing a book which has so much to relate to. <3
    If only there was a 4th book it would have been a perfect way to answers all those questions hanging on my tongue. I give this book and in fact series a 5/5 stars even though those missing gaps effected the book it still was an emotional beautiful and amazing story we can relate no matter who you are!

    • Andy says:

      Hi IWBYBWU,

      A very thoughtful review, thanks. I thought the book was a good read, too, but not as good as the others. I think that you are right… the scenes of her messed up and drugged up were not good storytelling. Did you feel like it got a bit preachy about the war? The sudden deaths of characters we had grown to care about iritated me, but that’s how war can be. The end was strange but realistic, the way life actually is. Real life often makes for loose ends and ambiguity.

      Unfortunately, ambiguity doesn’t make a satisfying end after a thousand-page story.

  55. Dollz says:

    I actually liked the book…I think it was very realistic as to what would happen to ANY person that was thrown into those immensely high stress situations.
    I think she was broken by the thought of having lost Peeta, losing her sister, and the realization that she was being used by both the Capitol and District 13.

    I was a little confused though when agreed to the continuation of the Hunger Games…I knew she was speaking in code when she said “…for Prim” because Prim’s death was caused by Coin.

    I did feel that she emotionally chose Peeta over Gale though…even though her actions may have shown different. I think she had always felt like Gale would be it by default, being that he was her best friend and all, but got confused when Peeta came into the picture. Her mind (Gale) and heart (Peeta) were conflicted.

  56. Patty says:

    Loved the first two books, but the Mockingjay needed more time from the author. It felt like she rushed to get finished and didnt really let the charaters play out naturally. The ending was so BLAND! I kept thinking there would be more and then I turned the page and the book was over. My reation was WHAT THE HELL?? It was so disapointing. These are the first of Collins books I have read and after the first two I couldnt wait to start the third. I sure hope they change the ending for the movie, and not make her so druged up all the time. Let her be present in the movie, because in the book it lacked a feeling of her just not being there.

  57. Jendi says:

    Very good alternate ending written by this woman on her blog. So much better!

    http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/289648-alternate-ending-to-mockingjay-by-suzanne-collins?chapter=1

  58. karen says:

    the only problem ht no one understood was tht katniss was suppose to be with gale not peeta thats why the book was a flop..gale was her bestfriend and he was the one katniss loved the most..i cried just because she married peeta the worst book ever i m still disappointed..i wanted gale to be with katniss so badly but everything went wrong…galegalegalegalegale

    • charlie says:

      Katniss was never meant to be with Gale, Gale was her best friend. He would never have been with her, she loved him like a brother and thought of him as that. She even said that she realised that Peta was the one she needed. That Gale had fire, something she had enough of. And what she needed was a dandelion in the spring, to calm down her fire.
      Suzanne Collins was never going to make Gale or Gatniss, it would never have worked. She loved Peeta more , even since he saved her life with giving her bread she had loved him. it was something Gale would never compare to.

  59. alejandro4891 says:

    i read all three books over the course of four days. i honestly can’t remember the last time i was this consumed by a book. i enjoyed all three of them, but much like everyone else i do have some complaints about book three. if anything i’m more upset by the fact that i finished the series. at least i can look forward to watching the movies and comparing them to the books.

  60. ash says:

    *SPOILERS*

    so, i’ve just closed the last book, which i didn’t wanted to end at all.
    having eventually read the whole thing in two days, i’m really dissapointed because of this gruesome rushed ending, which in my opinion didn’t fit the other books as perfectly.

    I loved the story, and got sucked in really fast into the whole storyline, I even cried when Finnick died.

    But when the end came in sight, i felt like it was rushed, the actual fight which i was looking forward to, just ended with the death of prim, which was literally over in a few sentences. And choosing between gale & peeta wasn’t even difficult anymore in the end.

    and even though katniss had everybody’s interest at heart, she was selfish too in the books. Kissing gale and peeta but still not knowing what she wanted pissed me off at one point.

    anyway, getting to the point :’)
    in my opinion the last few chapters of the book, ruin the whole series.

    • Alberto says:

      “the last few chapters of the book ruin the whole series”

      That’s exactly right. So many things went wrong with the writing at the end it’s impossible to mention them all. It was all so pointeless. Not pointless in a way that the author makes a good point about something in real life being pointless. Pointless in a way that makes you realize that the author didn’t have a point to make and you’re just angry she carried you along for 1200 pages to dump you at the end of the story without any sort of valid ending.

      The ending of this book is one of the worst things I’ve ever read in my life. Makes me sorry I ever picked up volume 1, even thought it was a great book.

  61. Sarah says:

    Just finished Catching fire. Incredible book, but I felt cheated, used, and furious. I had to look up some spoilers for Mockingjay to see what I was getting myself into. I’m not reading the last book. The spoilers told me it was going to rip my heart out. I’m to psychologically and physically old to be dramatized and seduced by this teenager’s romance and toil. I want to slap Katniss, jump into the book to save Prim and tell Gale he deserves much better.
    Criticize all you like, I don’t care.

  62. asia says:

    I love mockingjay but i hated coin and snow but the rebellion and katniss. My opnion is prim dying sad she was the reason they started the book! Finnick is my favorite caratchr. The part where peeta thought katniss was a threat i was laughing my head off. The epiloge sucked! I wish i knew what happened to gale in district 4 and katniss mom as the nurse in the captiol. Ive heard hunger games four times catching fire five and mocking jay 1 time im reading it again in only in 5th grade i love reading i cant stop thinking about the series but the ending where peeta and katniss had 2 kids where sweet! I wish there was more books like artimis fowl. But its the end goodbye hunger games! And may the odds.. be ever in your favor.

    • charlie says:

      Prim dying was a very important bit in the book. As you said, it is the reason the book started.
      It shows that war is a sad thing and many lose loved ones from it, it shows that there are far worse enemies out there and that we can’t always protect everyone forever.

      I think Collins will probably make more books, maybe in the POV of other characters, like Annie or Peeta or Gale. Though there are many characters that could have a book, many have interesting pasts… :)

  63. Gooseberry says:

    Mockingjay frustrated me. The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were great. I especially enjoyed Catching Fure because the games were so…different, and exciting. But Mockingjay made me confused and mad at the same time. The best characters were killed off (Prim&Finnick), Gale and Katnisses mother moved to different districts and their relationships didn’t turn into much. I would have preferred th ending if Katniss and Gale ended up together, but instead the author teased us with their flirtacious moments when you think maybe, just MAYBE they’ll work out. But no, Peeta is hijacked/insane and it’s as if the author forces their relationship. No explanation, it’s just there.
    I was quite satisfied when she killed Coin though, she was a worthless woman and was just as bad as Snow, imo. I’ll still watch the next 3 movies, but I think she could have made the book series longer, in more detail, and not forced into anything so fast.
    Prims death made me cry. And it may seem ridiculous, but that part was heartbreaking. Katniss already lost Rue and her Father, then her little sister dies. It was a tragic way to end the chapter and I had to put the book down for a little while, because it angered me so.
    Being written in first person, I got more attached to the characters, so I guess Prim seemed like my own little sister and the thought of losing her upset my stomach. Not to mention, these books play out in my head like a movie, which only made it worse when she blew up.

    Also, I hate not knowing how Annie handled Finnick’s death. I mean, they only JUST got married. I don’t remember hearing about her being pregnant, though. What chapter was that part in?

    • charlie says:

      The characters were meant to be killed, it shows that war i unforgiving and that many people lose loved ones from it.
      Prim dying actually showed many things. Katniss had been trying to keep Prim safe her whole life, she saved her life. Prim dying shows that we can’t always protect loved ones, no matter how hard we may try. It also showed Katniss’s soft side and the effects it had on her. Lastly, she realised who was an even bigger enemy, that everyone was just pieces in someones game, effectively finding out it was Coin who let her sister go there.
      I definately agree that is was an absolutely heartbreaking point, I don’t think I’ve ever felt for a character like Prim , it wad sad that she had already lost people who were and felt like family.

    • Marieke says:

      Exactly, it kills me not knowing how Annie dealt with her loss. They had been in love for so long, but because of Snow using Finnick, they never got a life together. Now they finally did and he dies. Honestly, i don’t think Annie will ever be the same again, which is so sad..

  64. Marieke says:

    I have the exact same feeling. How did Panem end? Who was left in charge? Plutarch? Did Katniss ever get a role in the government or did she just run off with Peeta and lived a quiet life? I know that it’s part of the story that some things are left to be figured out for people themselves, but seeing this is the end of the trilogy, i had hoped for less of a cliff hanger, and indeed, some kind of reflection about what had happend the last couple of years. Also, Prim’s death came as such a shock, that i thought it was some sort of dream. It really dissapointed me that she didn’t talk more about it, except for the scene with Buttercup there wasn’t really any reflection on that either, as if it hadn’t really mattered. Wasn’t he sister’s survival the main priority in the first place? Prim’s safety? Regardless, i thought this was yet again another amazing book by Suzanne Collins. My favorite is still the first one, but maybe if i read the third one again, i’ll understand more of what she’s trying to say with certain scenes. Lol this contains so many spoilers. xx

  65. LiSA says:

    i fell in love with the first book. after the second book i was still liked the story, only the ending was to rushed. i was hoping the third book would have a perfect ending and i was hoping it would be a good ending. it wasn’t. i understand why it was not a good ending, because these books are about war en fighting for freedom. in war, people die. people you love die. but prim?! i mean, this all happened because katniss volunteered because prim was chosen. prim’s death made me feel like it was all for nothing. i know that because katniss volunteered, she ended up with peeta en there isn’t a capitol and hunger games anymore, but even if katniss was not in the hunger games eventually there would still be a war. i’m glad that katniss ended up with peeta, i mean katniss and gale are best friends like brother and sister. but peeta deserves better than katniss. i also would’ve liked to know the names of their children, but that could just be me. and finally; as i said, it was to rushed. it would’ve been better if suzanne would’ve made a fourth book or something.

  66. LiSA says:

    also, i hope that the movies will give me more satisfaction about the ending. x

  67. Leah says:

    We should send this page to Francis Lawrence. It might help make a better movie. Just saying.

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