Sunday, February 19, 2012

Reading Reflection: Mockingjay

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

by Suzanne Collins 
Published August 24th 2010
P. 390
Rating: 2/5

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plains - except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay - no matter what the personal cost.

Nope.  Didn't like it.  Which, looking at the series as a whole is really disappointing.  I really liked the Hunger Games, tolerated Catching Fire, but with this finale... Mockingjay, not at all meeting my expectations I would never return to this series.  The reason I enjoyed this series in the beginning was primarily Katniss.  She was strong, a sruvivor, who took care of those she loved.  There was something rash about her, almost overbearing at times, but I liked that about her.  She kicked ass.   Not in this book, she was a catatonic mess who followed ridiculous orders, but made no real decisions.  In maybe three or four secnes the old Katniss emerges briefly, but not enough.  I feel as though she gave up, a lot.  In turn, I gave up on her.  

The ending, blah.  What a detached emotion with all the characters, it was horrific.  I hated it.  I could care less who Katniss chose at the end, as long as there was some feeling behind the decision.  I didn't feel there was.  Once again she just went through the motions -- I need emotion! 

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