**spoiler alert** So, first off, gut reaction after reading it, I was completely stunned. It may sound slightly ridiculous, but it took me about an ho**spoiler alert** So, first off, gut reaction after reading it, I was completely stunned. It may sound slightly ridiculous, but it took me about an hour after reading it to finally bring myself back to reality. I had been that absorbed in their story, it disorientated me slightly to have finished. I'd been on such a rollercoaster of emotions, I felt as though I'd actually lived it alongside them. So congratulations to Suzanne Collins, not many books have such an effect on me.
Just to do things backwards, I want to quickly mention the epilogue first. I am a girl who likes epilogues, I loved the one at the end of Deathly Hallows whilst I know a vast amount of people didn't. I like closure. I like to know who ends up with who, do they have kids, how do they live the rest of their lives? I think, to be fair I would have been reasonably happy with that final chapter, the last few pages, making the book, rediscovering each other, rebuilding the district, those simple words "You love me. Real or not real?." I tell him, "Real."
But for her to include those two simple pages, about Katniss and Peeta, and their two children, a perfect mixture of them both, left me smiling, and had me quickly re-reading four maybe five times. I liked that. I liked how we were finally giving something happy, something strong compared to the fragility of everything the rest of the series was based upon. I liked how having the children was suprisingly a selfless act by Katniss for Peeta. And most of all, I liked how the children weren't named, I'd have hated it if they were named Prim and Finnick, but I think I'd have hated it even more if they were named something unrelated. This was perfect my completely indecisive mind :)
I really enjoyed all the action included in Mockingjay, the sadness and loss that follows in the wake of war was protrayed in a way that left me in equal parts heart broken and angry at the injustice of the thing. I'm not sure, even now, if I feel there was enough inclusion of the fighting, and whether the war itself was far to brief. But I have to keep reminding myself we are seeing it all from Katniss's point of view, and her role wasn't one were she was directly informed of everything that was going on, she was the rock, the Mockingjay, and I can't imagine she would have stood quite so tall if she was aware of everything. I do know however, that I probably wouldn't have wanted to know any more. The massacre of the patients in the hospital in District 8, the workers trapped in District 2, they were painful to say the least. I am proud of Collins for her ability to kill characters so close to Katniss, something not all authors seem to be able to do. Having Prim, possibly the only thing beautiful to Katniss, her one constant reason for living, killed, not by the enemy, but someone who was supposed to be leading the revolution was horrendous. I didn't even notice it at first. Everything for the majority of the novel, was big, bold and in your face, that the subtle inclusion of Prim amongst the children made it all the more heartwrenching. At that point I almost wanted Katniss to be killed, just to stop all the pain she has had to go through.
And finally, finally, because I'll be impressed if anyone makes it through my ramblings. Peeta. I've always been Team Peeta, right from the beginning. Don't get me wrong, I do like Gale, I just never thought him suited to Katniss. I understand that Gale has good reason to hate the Capitol, possibly even more so than Katniss at times, but I still don't agree with his disregard for human life, that didn't sit well with me at all. I understand casulties in war are necessary, but I just felt Gale had a certain lack of remorse. But back to Peeta, for him to be hijacked, that lead to some rather painful reading. I knew they would never get him back from the Capitol in one piece, I half expected him to be killed at some point, but I wasn't expecting that. His love for Katniss was always there, unwavering, unquestioning and never asking for anything in return. To have him return with the plan to kill her, voicing all the doubts and selfish acts that Katniss couldn't escape in her mind, was possibly the worse thing that could have happened. And the reaction Katniss had, phrased perfectly by Haymitch "What are you trying to do? Provoke him into an attack?". It was childish and immature, and for once perfectly reflected her age. But the real of not real game was simply beautiful, and finally allowed me to believe Peeta had a chance at a return.
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