So, I was going through my old posts, looking for something to post today, and came across this. I guess I never posted it, because I was just so angry and disappointed. Plus, I think I had talked so much about it, that I was sick of talking about it. And also, I feel like there were so many things that bothered me that I couldn't get it all down. But, I thought it might be fun to post this, and see if anyone is interested in it. So, here are my bitter and resentful thoughts on Mockingjay! :P8-30-2010
After reading Mockingjay all day on Tuesday, I left Wednesday morning to go on vacation for my anniversary. All I could think about was Mockingjay. You might think that's a good sign, like it was so well done that I couldn't forget about it. But, for me, it wasn't. I was so disappointed in this book. Honestly, if I hadn't loved the first two books so much, I probably would've ditched this one in the middle and never given it another thought. But, I was so emotionally invested in these characters by the time Mockingjay came out that now I'm just left feeling angry and empty.
I expected it to be amazing. Why wouldn't I? Suzanne Collins is obviously capable of writing amazing books. There were so many things that I felt were inconsistent and unanswered. I also thought there was way too much information about people we weren't emotionally invested in. And I just really, really missed Peeta. I think his personality is SO important to the books, and it just wasn't there!
Here are some of the things that really bothered me:
- Gale and Katniss never would have left Peeta at Tigress' like that. They were so against it, then all of a sudden they just say ok and give him a pill to kill himself?
- It seemed inconsistent with Gale's character to not care who gets killed in the "nut" and with the bombs he was making. I just didn't buy that. It seemed to me that Suzanne heard that everyone expected Katniss and Gale to get together so she changed it and had to think of a way Katniss would leave Gale. And then Gale just gives up and moves to district 2? Like he would just do that! It makes no sense!
- I can't believe we didn't get more info about Cinna. After all we invested in him, and we don't even know what happened???
- We never found out what Gale was going to say before the first Hunger Games, before he's taken away ("Remember, I...")
- Finnick....that's all I'm going to say.
- The entire book was depressing and there was no hope to pick us back up like in the other books. There was just so much focus on the bad and nothing good. And the entire reason Katniss went to the games to begin with was to save Prim and then she dies anyway? I was left at the end feeling empty, like what was the point in this entire series?
- The ending drove me crazy because it was like Katniss and Peeta just got together because they were both there. Not because they loved each other. After all that....the least she could give us was some serious love. It was just like Gale said, she only loved them when they were in pain.
- It seemed kind of ridiculous that they've been in captivity for years and years and years, then all of a sudden they decide to fight, and most of the districts just crumble, easy-as-pie? Except for the one, of course, where they can't win until Katniss saves the day with her bow-and-arrow....uh...yeah. If you're going to make a book that is mostly about war, you have to at least make the war believable.
- I think, for me, the book was all about the war and not about the people. The first two were about the games, but more about the people, and their relationships. I missed that.
- Then there was her depression. I know that she went through a lot, but isn't she the one who totally dissed her mom for "checking out" and becoming depressed after her dad was killed? I just don't feel like the Katniss that Collins created in the first two books, would have behaved the way she did in Mockingjay. Oh, and p.s. Watch your back, Katniss, cause Peeta might flip at any moment and stab you while you're looking the other way?
- I really would have been happy no matter who Katniss ended up with. But I feel like it was portrayed that the only reason she didn't end up with Gale was because of the bomb. But since he made one mistake (don't worry about all the innocent people she killed, and horrible ways she treated people) he was out, and since Peeta was still around, she went with him. After all we invested in the characters, I felt like we deserved more, and so did they.
- Katniss was supposed to be fighting against a government that got to decide who lived and who died, based on what they wanted or didn't want. So, how is what she did at the end, shooting Coin just because she decided on her own that Coin shouldn't be allowed to rule? So, it's ok to kill whoever you want, as long as you don't like what they stand for? This one point seemed to ruin all credibility for me. She's no better than the rest of them.
(After reading some comments I will add)
Ok, I completely understand everyone saying that this was a very bad situation, and that war is hard, and that Katniss, of course, is suffering from PTSD. I know all this and I agree, if anyone went through all that she went through, they'd have every right to go bonkers and hate the world.
I didn't pick up a book about war and depression and hopelessness when I picked up The Hunger Games. I picked up a book that had some difficult issues, but still had love, moments of happiness, friendship, excitement, and most of all HOPE. I have read books with similar feels to Mockingjay (GRACE by Elizabeth Scott comes to mind) and I am ok with those, because that's what the author sold me when I bought the book. What makes me so upset about Mockingjay was that it was a bait and switch. I never would have picked up this book if I hadn't already been invested in the characters. I just don't have any desire to be this depressed about a book. It doesn't interest me. I want to read a book where I am swept away into another world. And part of me, even though it might be crazy, wants to BE the character in the book. I wanted to BE Katniss in THG & CF. But who on earth would want to be her in MJ? I guess what I'm saying is that I feel lied to. I feel duped. She hooked me with one type of book, then stuck me with another. With a book I never would have wanted to read in the first place. And that makes me mad....
Sad, and maybe a little too investedly yours,
If you'd like to read our entire crew's thoughts on The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, you can read them here (they are much happier)!