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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

the ending of ACR is pretty confusing, but i freaking love Altair and Ezio's ending <3 i could care less about the hunger games...


message 2: by Kira (last edited Feb 24, 2012 05:26PM) (new)

Kira Me too, Sarah! I was especially glad we had some closure with both Altair and Ezio (I also adore Sofia). Yeah, the ending was a little confusing, but after I mulled over it for a while, it sort of slotted into place.

But...yeah. One hand = AC. Other hand = this snoozy book. I'll take the former any day.


message 3: by Em (new)

Em I loved the first two books, but this book was SO HARD for me to get through. I feel your pain.


Synesthesia (SPIDERS!) I kind of do not agree but prehaps I should read the series again. I feel that Katniss was so worn out from what she went through, she couldn't really help not caring anymore. ALSO I HATE HER MOTHER!


message 5: by Ignya (new)

Ignya I personally just went through this book in a brain-dead stupor of "WTF-Just-Happened-Syndrome".
But Finnick! Poor Finnick! They made his death so uneventful and trivial, it was horrid! He only got a paragraph of conflict and then, POOF! He was gone!


message 6: by Megan (new)

Megan Finally someone I agree with about this book! I didn't like it at all. Like you said it was boring and just stupid at parts. But I for one didn't like the ending ha. I hated Peeta such a wimp (and now all the Peeta fangirls are going to hurt me oh well) and I don't know just didn't like his character but then again wasn't a big fan of Gale either. I think the part that really pissed me off in the books was when they were like "Let's make another Hunger Game! Yay!" and Katniss is like "Brilliant idea!" Wait what? The whole point was to stop those games and blah blah blah and you just ruined it... that was when the book took a complete nose dive, crashed, and exploded. Alright I'm done with my rant haha great review!


message 7: by Ginny (new)

Ginny I agree with Megan. I thought the book was tolerable until they all agreed to have another Hunger Games. Um, doesn't that, you know, go against everything in the previous books??

I also thought the writing got increasingly rushed after they decide to have a final Games. It's as if Collins gave up and decided to take a shit on the remaining pages of the book...


message 8: by Becky (new)

Becky I definitely thought this was the weakest book of the series, and I was disappointed when Collins (after the fact) said the series is supposed to "explore war's effects on children" or something like that. The books had SO MUCH potential to go places beyond "war is bad". Everything just kind of crashed and burned in this one, including Katniss.

And don't even get me started on the ridiculous amount of time wasted on that godforsaken love triangle, only to have Katniss just throw up her hands in the air at the end and be all, "hey, whatever, I guess I'm with Peeta". And Peeta was apparently too screwed up to even care that Katniss was basically treating him and Gale both like dirt. Just...ugh.

Megan wrote: "I think the part that really pissed me off in the books was when they were like "Let's make another Hunger Game! Yay!" and Katniss is like "Brilliant idea!" Wait what?

Yeah, I felt like Katniss learned absolutely nothing by the end of the book. And I was confused by the fact that the ending mentions kids, when Katniss specifically said in the beginning that she didn't want kids. Did she get amnesia or something?


message 9: by Poison (last edited Mar 01, 2012 02:02PM) (new)

Poison Sorry to butt in but I wanted to say this: to me, Katniss agreeing with doing The Hunger Games again is a ploy to get closer to President Coin. I think that's the moment she decides who she's going to kill. That's what I understood when she says something like 'If Haymitch understands me like I think he does'... Anyways, that's my take on it.


message 10: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Agreed with everything in your review !!


message 11: by Heywot (new)

Heywot The way I see it (view spoiler) But I'm open to interpretations too. ^^


message 12: by Laurel (new)

Laurel Those closure fails nearly killed me. Excellent excellent review, Kira.


message 13: by Skyla (new)

Skyla I think Katniss agrees as a way to get to the Capitol to kill Snow. By agreeing to another Hunger Games she knows she will get to go to the Capitol and face Snow and it is when she is supposed to shoot Snow for everyone to see that she chooses to kill Coin so that she doesn't become President and maintain the dictatorship. Snow was dying anyways, Coin needed to be taken out.


message 14: by Experiment BL626 (new)

Experiment BL626 Thank you very much for the review, Kira. I have a question if you don't mind answering. Was the disappointment with the third book bad enough to make the series bad? Would you still recommend the series?


message 15: by Ashley (new)

Ashley D-- I tell people to stop at the first one. Once you read the second book, you have to continue. But it's like Suzanne Collins got caught up in all the teen-girl-generated hype on the internet and started thinking she was writing a romance. I was so sad, because Katniss is so anti-romance in the first two books and I loved them for that.


message 16: by Kira (new)

Kira Experiment BL626 wrote: "Thank you very much for the review, Kira. I have a question if you don't mind answering. Was the disappointment with the third book bad enough to make the series bad? Would you still recommend the ..."

I'd say if the first book's premise interests you, go ahead and read the books. I don't really recommend this series - not because it's bad, but just because I don't have any strong loving feelings toward it. But I'd say go for it if you're interested. The first book is good, and the second is outstanding. Just brace yourself for the last one.


message 17: by Sherri (last edited Mar 27, 2012 07:42AM) (new)

Sherri Keller I agree with everything you wrote, Kira. This is easily the worst book of the three. I wish Suzanne Collins would call a mulligan on this one and try rewriting it. Because right now, Ashley has the right approach: stop reading after the first book, because once you read the second one, you HAVE TO read the third.

There were a few times that I thought, "OK, this is the point where the book is going to be not boring anymore!", but I was let down every time. I was especially disappointed with what happened after (view spoiler)

W. T. F.

I really can't get over how bad the end to this book was. I just finished reading it last night, and I gave it three stars. Now I realize that's at least one star too many.


message 18: by Sherri (new)

Sherri Keller Aw, FRIG. How do I mark parts of my comment as spoilers? I thought the square brackets would do it.

Also, apologies for the typos. I am way too undercaffeinated to be trying to form coherent thoughts.


message 19: by Skyla (new)

Skyla For spoilers you have to do this <...spoiler...> write text here <.../...spoiler...>

Just take out all the little dots.


message 20: by Sherri (new)

Sherri Keller Excellent. Thank you, Skyla!


message 21: by Lori (new)

Lori Best first paragraph of a book review EVER!! thanks!


Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* Yuuup, you pretty much summed up everything I disliked about this book. Urgh. I also really, really wanted Katniss to end up alone. It just felt like it would have been right. The whole series, I felt like Collins was portraying Katniss as some strong, independent young woman ... but in the end she seemed to kind of give up and then just marry Peeta because he was the only one left. What. If Collins had wanted the series to be as original as it pretends to be, Katniss would have ended up by herself, in my humble opinion.


message 23: by ♔Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Veronica Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♔ (last edited Apr 04, 2012 09:42AM) (new)

♔Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Veronica Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♔ Katniss never seem to express any kind of feelings that would have led the reader to believe she ever wanted to end up married to anyone. At most I thought she felt pity for Peeta and loved Gale like a brother. The fact that she got married (out of character) and had children (also out of character) totally went against the personality the author had portrayed throughout the entire series.


Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Veronica wrote: "Katniss never seem to express any kind of feelings that would have led the reader to believe she ever wanted to end up married to anyone. At most I thought she felt pity for Peeta and loved Gayle ..."

Yes, this. This is exactly how I felt about it.


♔Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Veronica Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♔ Oh and now that I actually read the review...yes. I agree with EVERYTHING. Fuck you collins, I need closure.


message 26: by Becky (new)

Becky Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Veronica wrote: "The fact that she got married (out of character) and had children (also out of character) totally went against the personality the author had portrayed throughout the entire series."

Absolutely! Even if the books were written with the intention of seeing how war affects people, the ending just felt kind of awful. Katniss seemed beaten down and numb from all the horror and death she experienced, to the point where she just fell into what was easiest.


April*procrastinator and proud* I agree, this was the flop of the trilogy. I think Finnick's death should've been different, Katniss shouldn't have completely given up after Prim's death, more character development, it felt like Collins got tired with the series and just wanted to end it. She should have put more pretense to her marriage, how she felt about Peeta (I did like him recognizing how badly she treated him and Gale when he was all trackerjackered up) I just wish he kept some of that fire. I also didn't like how Collins was just like 'oh yeah, Cinna died.'


message 28: by Ashley (new)

Ashley D-- I kind of disagree about the marriage bit. While I was incredibly disappointed with the way Peeta and Gale were presented as Katniss's only options, if you think about everything they went through together, Katniss and Peeta would probably end up being really co-dependent and would get married. The children thing was frustrating because I wanted something more original, but it was important symbolically because it suggested that the entire nation could heal and move on. Children always represent the future, and in a series based on the idea of a society that sacrificies the children/future of each district, it's important to show hope for a new beginning.


April*procrastinator and proud* Ashley wrote: "I kind of disagree about the marriage bit. While I was incredibly disappointed with the way Peeta and Gale were presented as Katniss's only options, if you think about everything they went through ..."

Yes, along with the children thing. They would represent the change. How Katniss really is okay with having children now that everything is better and she has moved on. Actually I think that's what you were saying xD


message 30: by Kyra (new)

Kyra YES YES YES. THANK YOU FOR THIS. I agree with almost every point. I just found it absolutely ridiculous the number of people who died for absolutely NO reason (aka didn't further their cause), and at times I wasn't even sure who had died and who hadn't, until 20 pages later when Collins decided to throw in a "Ps. That guy's dead."

It felt rushed to say the least. And oh. my. dear. lord. Give your readers some credit. We don't need to be bashed one the head with your OMGSOAMAZING symbolism. I got it the first time. Stop explaining it to me.


message 31: by Tara (new)

Tara this review is hysterical. im glad i stumbled upon it. it cheered me up after being so disappointed with the complete destruction of every character that i'd come to love. I agree with everything you said. thanks for the laughs.


message 32: by Alexa (new)

Alexa Awesome review, this is exactly how I felt about the book. I got into a discussion with a friend about it, and she liked it because she related to Katniss' feelings of powerlessness. And talking about it that way made me realize that I get what this book was trying to do and what it was trying to say, but honestly, it did it horribly and there are much better books out there with the same themes.

Since when was there an explosive that could fit on the head of an arrow and blow up an entire airship?

*cough* Seen Avengers yet?


message 33: by Candace (new)

Candace YOU TOOK THOSE PARAGRAPHS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH....THE BOOK WAS SIMPLY HORRID.


message 34: by Kira (new)

Kira Candace wrote: "YOU TOOK THOSE PARAGRAPHS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH....THE BOOK WAS SIMPLY HORRID."

Candace, your name is like my favorite name ever. No shit. I LOVE your name.


message 35: by Mika (new)

Mika I AGREE WITH THIS SO MUCH. THIS IS PERFECT. These are almost my exact thoughts.


message 36: by StasH (new)

StasH You read my mind! Great review!


message 37: by Lexi (new)

Lexi I agree with this. I agree with all of it.

Personally, I loved its predecessors, but Mockingjay was an enormous let-down. I'm still surprised I didn't quit halfway through with how irritated I was getting at Katniss' behavior.

Fantastic review.


message 38: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Adame I agree with your review I found this book highly disappointing and very disturbing.


message 39: by Samuel (new)

Samuel García I agree with your review, especially from a YA point of view. If Collins wanted to write this kind of book, she shouldn't have masqueraded it as YA. The entire series should have been more adult driven. But Katniss' behavior is to be expected. She has been thru some truly horrifying, depressing, traumatic shit throughout the series. She should have broken down way before she did. She's just a teenage girl that was brutally thrown in (first, by desperate choice, then as retaliation) into bloodbaths. She isn't a master strategist. She isn't cunning. She isn't a soldier. She was used (by Coin) and abused (by Snow), and there was nothing she could do about it. It is too much to expect her to behave rationally under that scenario.


message 40: by Victoria (new)

Victoria If you hated the book so much you should have just stopped. The beauty of books is they are so open for interpretation; I see this book in a totally different manner, the emotional trauma, the metaphors used to depict normal human turmoil and the whole setup of Panem and how it can mimic our own governments (obviously not literally with the Games and stuff). If Collins intentionally killed off lovable characters like Finnick to get the reader upset, it sounds like the goal was achieved. Your clearly upset over the entire book, and potentially the series by the sounds of it. I didn't much care for the ending myself, but after that much emotional trauma, who wouldn't want a happy ending?


message 41: by Kira (last edited Oct 16, 2012 10:50PM) (new)

Kira If you hated the book so much you should have just stopped.

The point you made could have been interesting, but you said this. That statement above is the biggest load of bullshit anyone on GR can ever say to me. I'd rather you just told me I was a crazy heathen bitch than say, "If you didn't like it, why did you read it?"

It's just ignorant, anti-intellectual, sour grapes garbage. I just can't stand it. "You should have just stopped". No. No, I should not have. Because if I had, you'd complain about me writing a review when I hadn't read the whole book.

I just hate that statement so fucking much. It infuriates me. Please, see what's wrong with it and stop saying it.


message 42: by Skyla (new)

Skyla Victore wrote: "...The beauty of books is they are so open for interpretation;"...

You said it yourself books are open to interpretation and Kira just interpreted it differently than you.


message 43: by Lightning (new)

Lightning The only thing i have against this review, Kira, is talk of arrows. JUST BECAUSE FUCKING HAWKEYE OWNED A WHOLE AIRSHIP IN AVENGERS WITH HIS FUCK YEAAAAAAHHHHH.
But Katniss should have upgraded weapons in Mockingjay,I agree wholeheartedly. (and thank you Katniss, for spurring on hundreds of characters who use a bow and arrow now...)


message 44: by Talyn (new)

Talyn Mauve shirts... is that a TV Trope reference? :D Yep, I will NEVER read this series, why would I if I knew the third one would SUCK?


message 45: by Therealbadkitty (new)

Therealbadkitty Why is this marked as zombies? I noticed you marked New Moon as zombies too but if you're referring to how people act like zombies i find it really funny haha


message 46: by Dave (new)

Dave Williams I couldn't agree more. Thank you for helping me to realize I am not alone!


message 47: by Julieanne (new)

Julieanne G. Perfect, thank you.


message 48: by Angelofthefallen (new)

Angelofthefallen Something about KIRA complaining about violence and death amuses me xDDD But epic review nonetheless!


message 49: by Frances (new)

Frances Esquivel I absolutely loved the first 2 books but this one was so hard for me to finish. It just didn't work out that well for me like the first 2 books. I still like this book though and the last few pages were great but the deaths of some characters were so pointless, I can't even. like i just can't. I almost cried when I read that Finnick died. I'm not even joking and then Prim. Who even does that??!?!? well yeah just wanted to share that with ya


message 50: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Nichols I'm destroyed now. I read this book in about 3 days and ate it up, I loved it. But reading the review and all the valid points you made, I'm starting to remember all the 'little' things that set me off by this book. I still loved this series and maybe its just my under- developed brain that made Mockingjay an easy read for me. I probably cried through half the book. I saw the desperate breakdown and of a teenager, which is what Katniss was. I guess I didn;t care that she was fickle and moody and sometimes unsure of who she should be and what kind of person she wanted to be with. on that note, I hated the last ten pages. It was the worst part of this series for me. This intense and confusing relationship just gets wrapped up in a pretty little bow with children (who are each a gorgeous, perfect pairing of their parents) and mommy and daddy tell stories of how they brought down a society? I really wanted more from the last look at Katniss and Peeta.


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