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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
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Aug 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, young-adult
Read from August 25 to September 05, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Disappointed? Yes. The question is why?

Given the state of the rebellion, I knew that this book would have a violent ending--it HAD to. Perhaps I tired of Katniss's attitude and the emotional detachment to the loss and destruction in her life. But honestly, isn't how real people respond? When life is so overwhelming and painful, people separate themselves and just numbly go through the motions. In fact, there was so much death and violence in this book that I, too, became emotionally detached from the characters unlike The Hunger Games or Catching Fire. I think that is why this book failed to capture me as completely as the previous books. Still, I was constantly reading Mockingjay and whenever I wasn't, I wished that I was!

I was surprised by several plot elements: Katniss & Gale's quiet drifting apart, the communist vs. capitalist themes comparing District 13 and the Capitol, Coin's assassination, Finn's backstory, Peeta's hijacking, Prim's growth as a character, the destruction of District 12, etc. I went into the story with no preconceived notions about what might happen, but I'm sure I would not have predicted any of the above.

So, I'm left feeling the same way I did after reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: empty because everything was just so overwhelmingly grim (even the prologue seems more of a resignment, a "this is as good as it's going to get for me" instead of a "happily ever after"). Most of all, I'm sad it's over. What an incredible series!

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message 1: by Amy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Amy I hope it lives up to my expectations and more! Happy reading!

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