After I reviewed the second Hunger Games book, Catching Fire, two readers exhorted me to skip the third book because they said it would only disappoint me. Naturally after that sort of intriguing comment I could not help but read it anyway, but I must say that I found Mockingjay to be a satisfying and appropriate end to the series.
Mockingjay continues the fantastic setting and premise of the series, presenting the contrast between the Capitol and the rebels and questioning the nature of government, rebellion, war, cruelty, and love. Those are not light themes for a YA novel, but the author handles them well. My only quibble with the book is that the structure of throwing the main character into yet a THIRD redux of the original Hunger Games construct was a little tiresome. That part was not belabored though, and I thought the ending provided a good twist and a satisfying resolution. Perhaps the readers who were disappointed were pulling for the guy who did not wind up with Katniss? I wasn’t pulling for him. I was pulling for the guy who got her. So I was happy with how things turned out.
If you’ve read this trilogy and you have a different opinion of the outcome, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think I overlooked! I’d love to discuss this with someone! Just put “spoiler” in caps at the start of your comment if you’re going to give something away, just in case anyone else hasn’t finished the series yet.
Gee, for someone who claims not to like YA, I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately, huh?
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