I'm about 81% through Mockingjay (reading on Kindle, reason for the %). It's okay. I liked the first book a lot, the second one was good for the most part. Mockingjay started slow and I can say I'm just reading it to finish it. I really have no interest in it anymore. I mean everything about it is just starting to seem too convenient or too made up, if that makes any sense. There's not much there making me want to find out what happens next.
The first book was UNBELIEVABLE. The second book was pretty good (I loved the whole hourly danger thing in the arena) but the third book really let me down. It wouldn't be bad if it hadn't been a part of the series but it just took away the whole 'danger' and 'fight for survival' aspect that made the books work so well.
p.s. Couldn't believe in Mockingjay when Prim died at the end . I was convinced it was a hallucination or dream for like 3 chapters after it happened. Devastating stuff.
I think the problem with Mockingjay is that Collins started rushing. I have a theory that her publisher gave her a wordcount limit or she was really close to her deadline while writing the ending and she wound up sprinting through to the ending. At least, that's the way it felt when I read it.
In reply to Scapino1974, #13: i agree. it does feel rushed, and i really dislike katniss throughout the book.she became mopey and dull, and i stopped caring about her character. thats a problem in a story where life is at stake
I agree with everyone about the first two books being great and then the third one sort of flopping.. im having a hard time imagining how they will do a lot of the stuff in the third book for the movie and keep the PG-13 rating.. its gets pretty descriptively gorey. Then again, the parameters for PG-13 are completely different from when I was 13.
I particularly disliked the one and a half paged epilogue. I liked what it was... but I wanted more then that.
My favorite one was the second book, I sadly love the Hunger Games. I am such a Capital person. The third book was my least favorite. It seemed too rushed and quick. The ending of the third one just frustrating. After a certain scene( I am not going to have any spoilers), I just skimmed through the rest of the book. I lost my interest in it.
The third book made me HATE katniss. She's such a bitch for no reason. I'm glad Gale got smart and went to live without her. A lot of characters died for no reason. The end where she got knocked out and all of a sudden they captured snow and everything had changed was just lazy to me. Also they just barely glanced over Primm's death. About the movie... Rue was my favorite character in the book, and her death was pretty sad and stuff. But in the movie she had like two lines. Her death scene was so overly drawn out and dumb because I didn't get attached to her character. Its was like "Hey this little girl is my friend now! Oh no! She's dying! Feel sorry for her!" All in all, the movie was really 'eh'
I didn't dislike it because it was a depressing ending.. I just didn't like how rushed Part III seemed.. the beginning of the book was so slow, it seemed like the exciting parts were rushed.. I thought the ending itself was fine.
I was angry at the ending. It made no sense, so much potential just thrown away.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't want a "happily ever after" ending necessarily. But the way it turned out. Blech.
Finnick's Death was in my eyes acceptable. Casualty of war, stuck in a hard place to get out of. I would've found it convenient that all the main protagonists would've somehow survived in those sewers
About the end: it builds up and up and up and then suddenly BOOM kids in front of Snow's house, and BOOM she blows up Prim. and boom. Katniss is out and in a hospital on drugs. Everything's over, war was finished without her, without us even knowing how the hell they stormed the mansion and captured Snow. No, it was all just over. Like that.
And even THAT I could have accepted if she would've gone the "Coin is just as bad as Snow" way, which in some way she did by telling that Coin killed those kids and Prim. When they asked to organise another Hunger Games, but with the Capitol people, I was expecting Katniss to open her eyes and realise if they went that way, they would be just as bad as the Capitol. But no, she says yes? WHAT THE FUDGE? How could she say yes to another Hunger Games?
And the only resolution to the "Coin is just as bad as Snow" thing was to shoot Coin publicly with no reason except what's going on in her head. No speech, no nothing just boom Coin dead.
But then AGAIN, I COULD have accepted it if wasn't for Katniss just being drugged out again and everything else happening in the background with no explanation whatsoever. Suddenly she wakes up, her trial was over WITHOUT HER EVEN BEING THERE, and dun duuuun she's fine? What. The. Fudge.
There was someone defending her in her trial? HOW ON EARTH DID HE PULL IT OFF? She killed the president in front of EVERYONE. WHAT did the guy possibly say to EXPLAIN it? What happened afterwards? Who's the new leader?
Nothing. Just Katniss whining and whining and whining and whining, and oh Gale's just gone without a word and Peeta is (of course) "healed" and they marry and have kids. The End.
I liked the 3rd book, I was riveted. Until 40 pages before the end. I was mad.
Galak's post above really hits on a lot of the reasons why I didn't like Book 3 all that much either. The other reason for me, though, was because of the lack of a true Game. I mean, I realize it would have been difficult to pull off, but I was really impressed with what happened in the second book, how Collins found a way to get Katniss back in the Games. And while Collins tried to pass off the war as a "Game writ large," it just didn't have the right feel to it.
My personal theory is that when Collins was writing Book 3, she was given a wordcount limit and, as she was writing, she realized she was running out of room and started rushing.
actually the first movie is really good, they didnt twilight it up at all, which is a bonus. but my fiancee even agrees that you can watch the movie without reading the books, and shes incredibly critical of book to movie films.
The series was far too amazing, the shortest way I can put it. I'm glad that The Hunger Games was written. It's probably the only book I have ever read that has had me tearing up on the first few pages. I'm not a big fan of the way it's reviewed. It's reviewed as an fast-paced action/adventure book, with an anti-violence message. It's really just a book about love and self-sacrifice, and not love in the romantic sense but love in the sense that she did everything because Katniss actually gave a damn about the people around her. If there's any thing you should take from this book, it's the lack of compassion in our society and how actions no matter how good or bad the intentions behind them are, can rock the very foundation of an individual or a population. I'm actually very surprised that governments and people in power haven't viewed this book as a threat to their power. Oh and I agree the ending to the third book did feel a bit rushed.
I LOVED the first two books. Amazing. But the third one was very disappointing. Such an awful end to a wonderful series.
The anti-climactic end of President Snow, how Katniss's sister dies, the relationship of Katniss and Peeta,the book was a bloodbath, and how Katniss spent most of her time crying or in shock/depression/insane just... ruined it for me :(