Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
How would you like it if I started this review with "Well, they all survived." and then quickly added, "Oh, except the main character?" I am not saying that IS what happened at all. I wouldn't want to write a spoiling review so soon. But, that is what this book was like for me.
Have I ever told you that I am a tidbit emotionally unstable and that I get really really involved with these fictitious characters? I don't like it when authors mess with my stability. It really makes me mad when they get you all happy, only to turn the page and be disappointed or to turn the page repeatedly to a complete WHAM-O in my face. I don't like it all. The jumpy transitions were not only unnecessary but annoying.
Although, this was a chosen life-long favorite for me after reading the first two books, the third one left me re-thinking this declaration. In fact, it left me wanting to rewrite the whole finish. It almost felt rushed. It didn't have as much depth or feeling. There were emotional parts but it is almost as if the author stopped being IN the story when she was telling it...if that makes any sense.
I still enjoyed it and at least there was closure in the end (more than you can say for the first two books) but I just wish so many things were different. And I guess you can say that because I feel that way, Collins masterfully got her point across....humanity sucks. War is cruel. Most people are out for themselves. And, now you can see why this person who likes to see the good in people was thoroughly disappointed.
The plot wasn't as exciting as those found in Books 1 and 2. In fact, to me, the main plot may have just been as dull as "Nobody gets what they want. Everyone is just surviving the events of their life." This book almost took more of a political turn. Like true-life anti-war propaganda or something. Although, in a round about way, at the end, you were left to think that war was actually necessary and justified for a better society.
I don't feel the author gave the proper burial to minor characters. Heck, she didn't give a proper good-bye for major characters. It felt like a rush to the publish date book. I hate that. Why can't everything be as masterful as Harry Potter from start to finish?
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