The weekend at the lake was the perfect spot to read the final novel in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. In this last book, Katniss is asked to become the symbolic leader of the rebellion against the capitol. The Mockingjay in the earlier books became the symbol for hope and now the citizens of Panem are looking to Katniss to lead them to a better world.
While I enjoyed Mockingjay, I kept feeling that the author was writing for impact on the big screen and missed completely why the books were popular in the first place. First, The Hunger Games is being taught in schools across the country for its lessons in humanity and the value of persons. I don’t see that theme being carried into Mockingjay. Second, critics are astounded that girls have been reading the books and flocking into the movie theaters to see The Hunger Games movie. Why? Because of the romantic triangle Collins established in the book. She really could have run with this in the last book, but instead offered little romantic storyline and then, rather than have it play out, the author just announces who Katniss ends up with in the end. A huge disappointment.
In the end, I enjoyed reading the trilogy, but at this point, even if there were more books, I probably wouldn’t read them. I’m finished with The Hunger Games.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2010