Not since Twilight and Harry Potter has a book received the kind of build up and press that Mockingjay received.
When it came out people raved that it was both amazing and horrible, that Collins had ruined the series with her ending, and that she ended it the only way that made sense.
As you can see there was quite a bit of disagreement over how to receive it.
So being a fan of the series I tried out the book myself, and I have to say I liked it.
It’s not the breathtaking novel that was The Hunger Games. Nor does it hold the level of intrigue and excitement that Catching Fire had. And yet it’s a novel of its own. There are not hunger games to experience in this book, it is primarily a book of war, filled with blood, deceit, and death. And yet it’s more than just action and murder, Mockingjay instead seems to focus on how destructive the force of war really is. How no matter the victor every side seems to lose. In the interviews that Katniss and Gale gave when making the war videos readers are able to see the tortured state of their souls, how the war has forever changed them into beings they would not wish upon their enemies.
Mockingjay is filled with moments like this, leaving the story with a sad and sullen undertone. And with the death of many significant characters it’s easy to understand why readers were disappointed with the book. But like most things, Collins reminds us that all things do not end up happily with perfect endings, and her tale of The Hunger Games in this dystopian world is anything but happy. Making, in my opinion, Collins’ end to Mockingjay one of the only true options available for the story, whether it makes readers happy or not.