Friday, April 20, 2012
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay REVIEW
I'm not really sure what to think of this book. It has the magic of the two other books, but it was not as much as that, and the roller coaster ride we were on was slowing down. Suzanne Collins has proved how excellent her ideas are in the last two books, but this one did not show it as much. Nevertheless, it was still addicting.
The districts of Panem are in open warfare with the Capitol. Katniss Everdeen had survived the Capitol's Hunger Games twice, and now she is expected to put aside her feelings and become the Mockingjay- the symbol of hope for the rebellion. But is she up to the task?
It turns out the awful cliffhanger in the last book wasn't much of a cliffhanger after all. District 12 was destroyed, end of story. Throughout the book it has ups and downs, and it was okay. The book inspired me sometimes, and other times it made me laugh. It was never boring, just sometimes things aren't my taste.
Katniss Everdeen, the star of the book, doesn't seem herself anymore. I really liked her because she was brave, selfless, cunning, clever, and tough, and a great hero. Now, I don't really know what happened to that girl. She still has a shadow of herself, but now she's a pawn of the war. I had some hope she will rise up, but it diminished more and more as I neared the end of the book. When she shot Coin, it seemed as if it was right to hold on to hope after all, only to be disappointed again by her reaching for nightlock. Her excessive emotions aren't necessary. We didn't see her in much action scenes, but just around doing pretty much nothing well suited to the story. Still, I like the fact that she thinks she will get through at the end, no matter how much the losses are.
The ending was really depressing for me. Gale was as good as dead, and I was actually hoping that he would be the one who ended up with Katniss. She needed him. What Collins has done made me angry. Finnick's death struck me hard, and I was left thinking about Annie and everything. But she took it just fine, and that bothered me. Boggs's death also did. Prim's death actually got me crying, and I was thinking all along that Katniss volunteering as tribute in the first place has lost its purpose.
There were extraordinary ideas in this book. The Hanging Tree haunted me, and I love it even though it was creepy. This last sentence ("You love me. Real or not real?" "Real.") was very emotional. Other quotes were good, like you ignoring the past is repeating it, or that Katniss despises monsters called humans despite being one herself. The book struck me as inspirational many times, and sometimes humorous like the seeing Finnick in his underpants line.
The grammar, as of the other two books, could be improved. Less run ons, fragments, commas at the wrong places, etc. That would help a lot. However, there were great descriptions and inspiring moments. In the end the good guys won- but the cost is depressing. A story without a happy ending would just make me sad, and books are supposed to make me happy. Also, I was really tired of the love triangle.
In conclusion, this book was awesome, but I expected better. I was left with something to think about, but it's sad. Collins taught me a very good lesson about evil on both sides- and I would want to read this book again, and watch the movie when it comes out.
That's it... May the Force be with you!