Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Published: August 24, 2010
My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.
Ugh, this book. I just constantly wanted it to end. I went through with reading it due to the sole fact that I couldn’t leave this series unfinished. As these books progress I find Katniss to be more and more weak and more dependent on this crazy love triangle thing and then Prim. It’s quite appalling really. Having her portrayed as this strong woman when she’s just barely scraping by and just basically never making her own true decisions except for very few.
President Coin was a pain in the ass and just so dumb until the very end when brining up a possible final Hunger Games with Captiol Children. Which kind of showed the woman who Katniss truly is, and even then she didn’t base her decisions on her own opinions, she based it off “What Prim would want.”
Plot wise it dragged I felt like, I didn’t find myself reading eagerly like I did with the first book. Everything just felt super rushed. That whole last third of the book, Finnick’s death was THE WORST. Ugh that made me so mad. But I also felt like almost everything was rushed. Finnick, Bogs, and even the whole love triangle didn’t feel like it was properly executed.
All in all I think Mockinjay just was a weird complied heap of things that Collins wanted to use to finish up the story but just jumbled it together in no proper way, and kind of the end of the book was her going “oh well, might as well just end it now.”