Mockingjay and The Hunger Games Trilogy

Earlier this week I finished the last book of The Hunger Games trilogy - Mockingjay. The whole trilogy has been a different experience for me, as I don't usually read books like this. It was my first time reading a dystopian novel and young fiction is not something I normally go for either. However, I'm glad I picked it up, giving in to peer pressure, and I'm almost mad at myself for liking it as much as I did. I mean, come on, I ACTUALLY cried at the end of Mockingjay - that's just ridiculous. Damn you, Katniss!

My favorite one of the three was Catching Fire. I loved the new characters Collins introduced as well as the turns the storyline took. Mockingjay was the book I liked the least. Even though it picked up after a while, most of it was Katniss moping, self loathing and doing the opposite of what she is told, as usual. To me, Katniss is not a very likable character to begin with, so in this book I found myself rooting for pretty much everyone except her. I didn't like what was going on with my favorite characters either - Peeta, Johanna and Haymitch. Haymitch pretty much became just a placeholder, Johanna had her moments, but briefly and I expected more character development with her, and Peeta... I don't even want to talk about it. Peeta for me is the most interesting character in the series and gets to go through the biggest transformations, somehow retaining his humanity. I think the way Katniss treats him is one one the main reasons I don't like her - she's a stubborn, selfish idiot, and she does not deserve him.

I don't think this book is for everyone, as the subject is quite disturbing and violent. I do still recommend it to anyone who can keep an open mind and also to anyone looking for a quick engaging read.