Mockingjay Review

So, trying to keep to my goal of reading at least one book a month I finally read the last in the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay. Oh my good heavens, what a waste of my time. I kept reading it, hoping that it would eventually get better, but it never did. I can honestly 100% say that was the all time worst book I have ever read. I am absolutely shocked that they are splitting it into two movies. How in the helk do they plan on doing that? I wanted to give myself some time between reading it and writing a blog post about it, but the fury I felt still lingers! Honestly I haven't really read anything since I finished it because I am scared of being so let down by yet another book! But I have started reading Bossypants by Tina Fey (which has been a little disappointing but I'm still fighting through it...)


My first issue with Mockingjay, since it had been awhile since I read the other ones, I had forgotten how gory these are. One of the reasons I hate them. I don't want my children to ever read these books. No one under 16 should read this series but especially this last book. As an aspiring author I think that is what the most difficult for me to stomach. That someone came up with such a gory and twisted story. And it only makes it worse that it's geared to teens who LOVE IT. Yikes.

I've found it hard to find a book with a main character I really love. I can't think of a book I have read since Harry Potter where I don't find the main character dreadfully whiny and annoying. Katniss is no exception and is even worse. In the previous book she was annoying, but at least she was strong willed and at least something somewhat good to look up to as a strong girl. But in this last book she just dissolves into a drug obsessed depressed mess, who has no control of her life, and doesn't seem to even care to have control. She literally gives up. 

The ending wasn't as depressing as people painted it out to be. It has a relatively happy ending - mostly - she ends up with Peeta and lives mostly happily ever after - begrudgingly becoming a mother.

The entire book really drags. I had to force myself to read it not just skip to the end and read the last few chapters, which I wish I would have done. They are really splitting it into two movies? How? Part one will be boring as hell. Don't waste your time reading this book. I really hope they take some serious liberties to make it more hopeful, and paint Katniss as a better example for girls to look up to.

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