Title: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Page Count: 458
And so the Hunger Games trilogy rolls to an inevitable conclusion. The last couple of movies (they broke this book into two) weren’t my favourite, and so after I didn’t enjoy the second book as much as I was hoping for, I thought I might have been in for a disappointment. As it turns out though, this was actually pretty good. The first book was still the best, and the second and third are pretty much on equal footing, but there wasn’t a dip there like I was expecting.
With that said, there were a few bits here and there that felt slower than the rest of the book, and the ending in particular felt anticlimactic. I’m not even sure if anticlimactic is the right word because it was more just that it started to drag. That might be my own fault in a way though, because I saw the movies first and so spoiled myself as a consequence.
I don’t really have much to say about this one, unfortunately. My favourite parts of the trilogy have been when they’ve been in the arena, but it felt a little forced when it came full circle and they basically found themselves back inside for a third and final time. I didn’t even remember that it was coming, and then it also resolved itself quickly only to hit you with something else.
Still, it was a decent enough book, and it did exactly what I was hoping for. It was fun, but I’m also glad that I got to the end and that I’ve finished the series. I think it set out to do something and it did it, and in some ways it’s more relevant today than when it was first published. I have a lot of deep conversations with my other half about life and humanity and stuff, and a lot of the themes cropped up in both our conversations and in the book.
All in all, the same holds true that has helped up elsewhere in the series. It’s not the most well-written novel that I’ve ever read, but it’s not like it’s terrible, either. It is what it is, and if you take it as such and try to read it without any of the biases you might have from the series’ cultural impact, it’s pretty good.
I’m glad that I read it, but I will say that it took me a little longer to read it than I was expecting. By the time that I finished, I felt a sense of relief. But I’ll read the prequel when it comes out, too.