I’ve been meaning to write about the third installment of one of my most favorite series (second only after Harry Potter) but life kept on intruding. Exams to take, readings (real life readings. Read: How to treat cancer), faucets to fix, and students to give lectures to all created a buzz that just kept me from blogging about Mockingjay.
Finally, I’m all settled in and ready to talk about Suzanne Collins’ third book in the Hunger Games trilogy. How did I feel? Well, let’s see.
Although I really liked the happy ending, there were times that I found it too dragging. Especially the part where Katniss was in limbo in District 13, feeling all helpless and useless. Well, she *was* useless during that part. All I wanted to do was shake her up from her trance and yell at her that hey, you used to be cool. You used to be a freaking tribute for crying out loud! Do something!
I kept on hoping that she’d somehow silently sneak out of district 13 while no one was watching and go get Peeta herself. Instead, Suzanne had other people do what Katniss should’ve done while Katniss herself moped about at the rebel’s camp.
Then there was the part where she was used a s the ‘face’ of the rebellion- not allowed to do anything dangerous as she’s too valuable to the cause.
Come on, Suzanne, what the hell happened to all that bad-assery that characterized the first two novels? Why o why have you turned this hot, ferocious woman into a, a teenage girl lovesick and googoo eyed over her man who also by the way, USED to be a bad-ass himself?
And speaking of Peeta, why the hell did he have to be turned into a muttation??? That I just cannot dig.
I guess Suzanne was giving in to pressure from her publishers that she try and capture the market of teenage girls all gooey eyed over that uber-pale and freakish monstrosity Stephanie Meyer concocted. I really hope this isn’t the case. I refuse to believe it for one second.
There. I’ve said it. Although it hurt, I’ve said out loud how I felt about those agonizing moments in the book. But still. Despite its shortcomings, the ending more or less made up for it.