Wednesday 20 October 2010
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Published in 2010 by Scholastic.
My name is Katniss Everdeen. I am seventeen years old. My home is District 12. I was in the Hunger Games. I escaped. The Capitol hates me. Peeta was taken prisoner. He is thought to be dead. Most likely he is dead. It is probably best if he is dead......
This is the final book in the Hunger Games Trilogy. The revolt against the Capitol has begun and Katniss has become the rebels symbol of freedom. She is the Mockingjay and she intends to watch the Capitol fall and kill President Snow in the process. Peeta has been captured and is believed to have been tortured by the Capitol,and a rescue attempt successfully takes place, only to find Katniss now facing an enemy instead of a loved one as Peeta has turned nasty. Hell bent on destroying Snow, Katniss becomes part of a mission to enter the Capitol and kill him. Unfortunately life never turns out the way you planned.
I loved the first two books in this series and I had waited eagerly and with rather little patience for the final part of the jigsaw. Unfortunately I was sorely disappointed. I know many of you have loved the final part of the trilogy, but it left me cold. It took me forever to get into the story and I found that I no longer cared what happened in the Peeta/Katniss/Gale triangle as none of the characters had been left with any appealing characteristics. They all came across as flat and boring, no longer with any depth to their character. Peeta had become a hateful beast after being brainwashed by the Capitol. I had found him so loving and caring in the other two books, that I could not recognise this abominable creature that had replaced him. Katniss became annoying and whingy like a spoilt child and Gale was just full of lust. To be honest, I didn't recognise either Gale or Peeta in this book and I believe they may have both received a lobotomy since the end of Catching Fire. Throughout this whole series you expect to see Katniss evolving as a person, but she never changes at all, even with the epilogue fifteen years later, she is still the same old Katniss.
The ending became like a killing spree and I found myself completely appalled by it. I don't like seeing the odd character killed off as it is, but to create a whole team of them and spend the last few pages trying to create different ways to kill them, that was awful. Luckily I felt nothing for them, as their were so many they were hardly recognisable.
I wish I could say nice things about this book, because Suzanne Collins is a very talented author in my eyes. The first two books were the most original I have ever read and left me breathless. This one left me speechless!
The love triangle that had kept us on the edge of our seats through the last two books was dealt with like a last minute detail, an afterthought or a forgotten storyline shoved in at the end.
This book is darker than the last two and shows the true nature of war, it was far too realistic for my liking, even the cover was a turn off, reminding me of eerily of the swastika. This book is more focused on the war than anything else and I find that rather disappointing. We all loved the characters from the first two books an we wanted to see them grow and develop, all we get to see is blood and guts, war and disaster.
I am totally put off by this book and find that I cannot recommend it.
I know a lot of you loved it and I would like to add your reviews to mine. Unfortunately Google Reader (grrrr!) is still giving me hell and I can't access past reviews, so please put a link in the comments and I will add them to mine. I am perfectly happy to be criticised for my views on this book and I will duck down low as you throw books at me. Please don't hate me!