It's No Secret...

...that ever since I read the first Hunger Games book and saw the movie, I've been a bit obsessed. Hehe :-).

I finished Mockingjay yesterday, and it was...okay. But disappointing.


***WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS CONTAINED IN THE FOLLOWING PORTION OF THIS POST. Please don't read unless you want Mockingjay to be totally ruined for you or you've read it before :-).***

In Mockingjay, Katniss kind of becomes...hard. It's not difficult for her to kill people. Sure, she totally cares about people...certain people...but at times she can be a bit bloodthirsty (especially for President Snow, which is understandable because he is so devastatingly evil, but...). The whole book is basically about the rebellion against the Capitol. Katniss agrees to be the "Mockingjay" - the symbol for the whole rebellion - on a few terms...

*The family cat, Buttercup, is allowed to live
*Peeta, Johanna, Annie, and Enobaria have immunity
*And Katniss gets to kill Snow

Did I mention that Katniss and her family and Gale are now living in District 13, which actually exists and is entirely underground?

Yeah.

So anyway, a group goes to rescue Peeta, but when they come back with him, he really wants to kill Katniss and attempts to choke her once. Crazy, right? Especially since they were "star-crossed lovers"? Well, turns out the Capitol hijacked his brain using lots of tracker JACKer venom and twisted his thoughts so he thought Katniss was evil. He was pretty annoying for most of the book because he wasn't...himself. So the people in District 13 are trying to get him back to normal.

Long story short, Katniss and a team of people go to the Capitol, and she is planning on trying to kill Snow. She ends up starting on fire (girl on fire...haha) and losing consciousness right after seeing a bunch of parachutes dropping from supposedly the Capitol in a hovercraft in the sky, killing a bunch of kids...along with her sister Prim.

When Katniss wakes up, someone alerts her that the war is over and the Capitol has now been taken over by Coin - the leader of the rebellion who wanted Katniss dead. Coin holds a meeting where people vote whether or not to do a Hunger Games with the Captiol kids. Doesn't that sound terrible? To my surprise, Katniss votes yes.

Katniss discovers that it was really Coin who killed all of the children in the bombing. So on the day when Katniss is supposed to shoot President Snow, she shoots Coin instead and is confined for quite some time. President Snow dies from either choking on blood from laughing or being trampled; no one really knows.

While in confinement, Katniss wants to kill herself, but finds no way to. When she's brought out of confinement, someone tells her that Paylor - a lady from District 8 who I like - became the president of Panem now and President Snow died. Katniss gets transported back to District 12, which was destroyed by bombing in book 2, minus a few of the nice houses. Peeta eventually returns to normal, and he and Katniss marry and have two children after fifteen years, and Katniss never sees Gale or her mother again. She realizes Gale wasn't for her, even though they were best friends. There are never any more Hunger Games, but her children learn about it in school. Katniss makes up a game in her head where she thinks of every good thing anyone has ever done. They make a book of good memories.

The end.

I know, disappointing, right? Katniss was really morally questionable, and I was confused as to why she didn't kill Snow and why she wanted there to be another Hunger Games. I'm glad she ended up with Peeta...I knew he was "the one" all along...but it still didn't totally clarify as to whether he was all "back to normal" after being hijacked.

I also wished that she didn't just go "oh, well" about never seeing Gale or her mother again. Haymitch stayed the drunk he always was. Effie was Effie. The prep team lived. I wish all the districts would've come together instead of just staying as separate districts. I am glad that Paylor was the new president. I kind of felt like the author had a deadline and wanted to kill people off and end it without any huge ending scene, so that part was poorly written, I felt.

On another note, Finnick and Annie's wedding was os sweet. Haha!

MAJOR SPOILER: Cinna and Finnick die. ISN'T THAT SAD?!

So, in conclusion, I was glad she ended up with Peeta, but I didn't feel like the story was extremely redeeming or...complete.
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Rose  – (April 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM)  

***SPOILER CONTAINED IN THIS COMMENT***
That book is so sad! Poor Prim! I hated when she died!!!! :(

Ruby P.  – (April 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM)  

YOU SPOILED IT! Just kidding! :) I already finnished it! It was the boys at Church who spoiled it for me.. >:(

Hannah  – (April 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM)  

I disagree! The only thing I didn't like is Katniss voting for the Hunger Games. Her killing Coin instead of Snow? I'm glad she did that! Coin was too much like the Capitol. Like what about what she did to the prep team? That made me so mad! I'm sad about Prim dying and Peeta being hijacked but I think it was good because an author is supposed to make you cry, make you angry, make you happy, make you discuss and disagree over things. and Peeta ended up fine in the end. I think he was definitely healed then. Katniss made friends with the cat too. :P and I think Gale and her mom definitely came to visit a lot. And about the districts -- I think they were united, but its kinda like how we're the United states. Now instead of Panem they're the United Districts? I know it sounds lame, just what I think. :-)

Molly  – (April 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM)  

I have been way obsessed too... and since I haven't seen the movie yet. I claim that once I see the movie I will calm down, but I know that I will become even more obsessed. Anyway, I was SUPER sad that Prim died, because she was practically my favorite character. And I was glad the Katniss married Peeta, but I kind of whished that Gale would have stayed near by. I was on "Team Gale" as you could say, so I am really sad that Gale had to move away. So those were my only two disagreements for the last book.
Have a great day!

~Molly~

Lauren S.  – (April 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM)  

Hmmm... I slightly disagree. I think if you look deeper the book has an overall redemptive theme. Well, I wrote about it in more detail here if you want to check it out.

And I'm glad she *SPOILER* didn't see Gale again */SPOILER* - I guess cause I never really liked him anyway. :)

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