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extraordinary ordinary whimsy I just love this cover!


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Rebekah Faith same!


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Molly Oh my gods! Is that it?!
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sorry...spazzy moment there...


Elizabeth (Liz) It's kind of unexpected though because the last two have been really dark and like fire and this one is like ice.


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★ MY PREDICTION: Gale dies.
Katniss chooses no one.
Haymitch dies.
Finnick does something heroic (and dies)
Annie Cresta plays a bigger role.


message 6: by Lindsey (last edited Jul 27, 2010 08:52PM) (new)

Lindsey :)

Hey, so you finally read Hunger Games!!Do you love it?!? Or do you think it is just pretty good?


Amelia, the pragmatic idealist I don't know, though, I'm a little nervous now! The whole time I was reading CF, I was thinking that if Katniss was going to end up with anybody at all, it would be Peeta, if for no other reason than the fact that he's in more scenes than Gale is. However, if MOCKINGJAY has more of a Gale-influence, it could be Collins' way of setting up for a Gale victory :P
Now more desperate than ever for the 24th!
(even though that's when school starts, boo)


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Diana ♫ נєηη - ѕσυℓ σƒ ѕσυη∂ ♫ wrote: "My friend just converted to Gale on Sunday.

*happy dance*"


haha


Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical) I wanted better for Peeta, and if he had to settle for Katniss, I'd hoped she'd at least love him! She always went out of her way to protect him before, but all of a sudden she cares about no one but herself! It was gross.


Amelia, the pragmatic idealist yeah what happened?! And she didn't even HAVE to choose - Gale made the decision for her by just leaving. Easy out!


Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical) I can't say I blame Gale, though, even though it makes him seem cold! I mean, Katniss strung Gale and Peeta along forever!


Amelia, the pragmatic idealist that's totally true. I don't blame them either, except I think they went along with Katniss stonewalling them for a long time. But (SPOILER) she didn't even have to make a decision or have a heartto-heart/showdown with him at all. He made it easy for her by just leaving. It made the Peeta victory not seem like such a victory after all. I'm still not convinced that she loves him.


Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical) Same here. Katniss sure does have weird ways of showing her "supposed" love. And I agree about the outcome--I really wanted Katniss to choose Peeta, and admit it was him she wanted, him she really loved. Gale made that choice for her.


Melissa (i swim for oceans) hmmmmm I have to say, Katniss did piss me off a lot, but I think that Mockingjay did what it was meant to do and was how it should be. It was definitely hard to read, but I'm glad how it ended...it gave closure. Anyhoo, Team Buttercup.


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Ain020596 @Amelia.
Hey, I totally agree with everything you said. And I dont blame Gale for walking out after all the horrible things she did. Katniss turned horrible in this book. Collins must have been drunk and drugged.


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Ain020596 Plus, I thought the ending sucked big time.


Kate (A Reader's Review) I think all of your follow-up review points are incredibly valid, yet I wanted to reiterate that this is the story Katniss had to tell. War is tough, brutal and not pretty. Suzanne Collins was courageous for not taking the happy go-lucky route with the ending. Believe me, I love happily ever afters and usually can't stand something that doesn't end that way, but I just cant see how the callous Katniss of previous books could suddenly change with what she was facing.


Kate (A Reader's Review) I also wanted to say that maybe this shocking ending is exactly what Suzanne Collins wanted, look at all of the discussion it has resulted in? I think it's great!! :)


Amelia, the pragmatic idealist I get your point, but it's not even really about the "happily ever after" or whatever. I found it implausible that after everything that Katniss and the people around her went through, she could CONTINUE to be so callous. That has nothing to do with war being tough or anything, that actually has to do with Katniss being a relatively flat character, because she never really underwent that emotional character change. As the series progressed, she got WORSE, not better. So really, it's more of a characterization problem. I (and a lot of other people) wanted Katniss to grow in that area, but she didn't, and it just about killed the book for me. There's absolutely no reason (at this stage in the series) for her to treat Gale and Peeta like she did. It made her extremely unlikable.


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Sandra Alonzo Thanks for the review. I tired of the entire Katniss scenario after Catching Fire, and decided to not bother with Mockingjay. After reading your review, I see I made the right decision!


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AtenRa I completely agree, Amelia!I struggled with accepting Katniss throughout the whole book, and I don't think I succeeded.I don't care much about the love triangle, to be honest.The way she treated both Gale and Peeta, I think it'd be best if she ended up alone.


message 22: by I am Bastet (last edited Sep 09, 2010 03:31PM) (new)

I am Bastet Yep, emotionally dehydrated. I read this book hoping that it would totally turn me around on the series, prove to me that Katniss wasn't a whiny awful person, and that she was capable of growth, but instead every reason I hated her during the first two books was just underscored here.

I couldn't believe how badly she treated everyone throughout this book, Peeta and Gale especially. I didn't believe that she was in love with Peeta, and so I didn't feel satisfied at all when she ended up with him. And also, I was expecting more of an emotionally charged scene when Gale left. Not just "Shoot straight." Like... wow. If we're supposed to believe he was ever a contender for her affections, that goodbye scene does NOT help that case.

The amount of pagination wasted on Katniss feeling sorry for herself--good lord, all she ever did was feel sorry for herself that people died because of her. That space could have been dedicated to developing the emotion better, but no.

Great review. I don't think I could say it better.


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I am Bastet I just re-read this review because a GR friend and I are discussing the series as a whole, and you hit all the things I didn't like about this book and say them better than I can! Love that you call it "emotionally dehydrated" because that's what it was--a series like this really kind of sets up for and needs an emotional ending, and it just didn't have it. I got so weary of Katniss' attitude and her lack of an emotional journey.

Probably my favorite Hunger Games Trilogy review!


Amelia, the pragmatic idealist THANKS ISIS! I just saw this but I wanted to say thank you! That's super sweet! :D


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Kristen Good review! I don't think I can say it much better than this.


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Sarah Oh well everyone said this series was awesome. And I was going to give Katniss a pass in The Mockingjay for treating Peeta so bad, blaming it on her past and sufferings until that horrible cold ending that made me hate her and hate the fact that I read the series. Sorry just venting. Great review.


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