Saturday, September 11, 2010


Rating: 3.5 out of 5 furry underwears

Ok. I have to say that this book was my least favorite of the whole trilogy. Some people may tire of the constant comparison to Twilight and I honestly don't see any similarities between that series and Hunger Games. One aspect in which they do share a similarity is that both authors dropped the ball on the last book. Again, this is my opinion, if you loved Mockingjay and didn't necessarily like the other two then good for you.

Mockingjay finds our heroine, Katniss Everdeen, in District 13. I was disappointed with 13. They ended up being just as bad as the Capitol. It was sort of a nice twi
st but it was hard for me to get invested in a cause that I no longer wanted to win. Yes, I wanted them to defeat Capitol and President Snow, but I didn't know if I wanted the District 13 to have their way either because I wasn't sure if it was much better. President Coin was never a very sympathetic character, and I think Collins would have done right by her by making her a little more understandable. Throughout the book we just get a Katniss-twisted view of her that never fully explains why she does what she does. There is a sweet victory at the end (I won't spoil it) but I actually saw it coming after the buildup to a certain execution.

Speaking of Kat. She is such a strong character and I love that about her. Throughout the books she is competent and light on her feet, problem solving in some interesting ways, which is all part of her magic. Part of the reason she is the Mockingjay and groo
med to be the face of the revolution is because she has the ability to lead and to stand up for herself. This book we get a weaker, watered-down version of her, and it was hard to swallow. She played the victim way too much for my liking. I kept wanting her to freak out and stop just rolling over and taking it. Most of the book she was either drugged, tired, or just laying around in a bunker. And when she did go out to fight she was forced to do it. I was disappointed.

I was always on Team Peeta. He is a genuinely nice guy. The Gale/Kat relationship just seemed too convenient. Where Meyer dropped the ball on her love triangle, Collins keeps the momentum going and shows the tension between Kat, Peeta, and Gale ver
y nicely. It sort of takes a back burner to all the other things going on, but it works and I was satisfied with that aspect of the book (I won't tell you who she picks). Peeta, however, becomes a bad-ass in this book and it just makes me sad. Yeah, he was brainwashed, but it was still sad. Out of all the characters in this installment, Peeta is the most interesting because I think he has the biggest struggle of all of them.
Gale. From hunting partner and friend to supposed lover and weapon inventor overnight. He was suddenly really good at killing people and almost heartless because he didn't seem to care how many lives were lost to get to the ultimate goal. I gu
ess that is why I didn't side with him and want Kat to get with him because she was already heartless enough. She needs someone to liven her up.

I will say, however, if you were to pit Kat against Bella: Kat, even in her weakest moments here in Mockingjay would totally kick Bella's ass even when Bella becomes a vampire. I had to say it. The beauty of Hunger Games is that Collins does not make any of her characters wimpy. Yes, she made Kat just sit around for about 75% of the last book, which
got annoying, but Kat never relied to heavily on anyone else. It truly is a breath of fresh air to have a heroine with some guts. I just wish she would have wowed me more in the last book and totally ripped the Capitol apart instead of playing the victim all the time.

I guess my biggest qualm with this book is that it seems rushed and the writing isn't as good. The intensity that was present in the other books is only seen in bits and pieces in this one. My second biggest qualm is that the characters totally flip and aren't really the same characters they were in the other books. Although, despite my qualms, I don't see how else Collins could have ended the trilogy. She had a big task ahead of her to answer questions and to keep her fans happy. I wonder, though, how much of the story she sacrifice
d to keep people happy.

On that note, I still love this trilogy and I would re-read them. I am excited for the movies to come out. They are in the works right now, trying to find a director for the first one.

In my search for the book cover picture I found some fan art and thought I would share the cool ones.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 furry underwears. Read the book and you'll know what I mean.

This one shows a very touching and poignant part of the first book.

Ellen Page as Katniss. I think she'd do good. I really like the intensity in this one and the design is pretty much awesome if you ask me.

Kind of silly but I like it for some reason.

For more pictures like this and all things Hunger Games go here.


  1. I agree. I was content, but not completely satisfied. It just wasn't as good as the first two.

  2. Man, that book left me melancholy for a few days. I was a little disappointed with the writing as well, I'd rather have waited longer and had it be stronger. Like the kissing scenes? Holy snot, they ALL CAME OUT OF NOWHERE! And I was so confused! Also I didn't like how often the word "stuff" was used to describe everything, but I'll get over it, I'm sure. And everything else I want to say would be spoilery, so I won't go there.

    Other than that, I'm happy with who she chose and wished the ending part was longer and there we go!

  3. I agree, Kristy. The whole thing felt rushed. It was obvious that she was working under a deadline and so her writing and the story suffered because of it which is sad because the first two books are so very good. *sigh*