I know Mockingjay was supposed to come out last August 24, and I reserved a copy in several bookstores here in Singapore. However, none of them knew when the book was actually coming out. Finally, after what felt like weeks in agony, someone from Harris (in Somerset 313) called to inform me that I could get my copy on that day. That was on a Thursday, August 26. I had plans for the night, but dropped by the bookstore, and started reading it as soon as I could. Even though I had work early the next day, I didn’t want to rush things, so I took it slowly and finished at 4:15 am. After 3 hours of sleep, I headed to work.
Before you continue reading, let me give you a big SPOILER ALERT. I’m going to talk about how the book ends, so feel free to go somewhere else if you don’t want to read any spoilers.
Here are some things I liked (or not liked) about Mockingjay – in no particular order.
1. There wasn’t too much mushy gooey stuff happening between Katniss and Peeta – whether it’s real or not real (*wink*wink*). I mean, I like them both and wanted them to be together in the end, but I don’t really want to read too much lovey-dovey conversations.
2. The book did a good job of showing how broken and psychogically unstable a person can be after exposure to so much violence. You begin to understand why Haymitch is the way he is. After all, who wouldn’t want to escape reality if your reality is like that?
3. I actually liked how the Gale-Katniss relationship was concluded to pave the way for Peeta. With Katniss never really knowing whether Gale was responsible for Prim’s death – it’s just haunting and so final.
4. I’m not sure I like the idea of President Snow dying because he choked on his blood while laughing too hard. It’s not exactly the ending I envisioned for him.
5. However, the way Katniss assasinated President Coin instead of Snow is truly something I didn’t expect. Although I’ve been ambivalent about Coin from the start – never really knowing on which side she is, I sort of wanted some kind of confrontation between Katniss and Coin.
6. Another thing I didn’t expect was how Peeta’s first action upon seeing Katniss was to try to kill her. I mean, who on earth would have seen that coming? It’s like you keep waiting for Peeta to make an appearance, but when he does, it’s not the Peeta you expect.
7. I don’t like the way Finnick died though. It was too low-key for such a major character for both books 2 and 3.
8. I had the feeling that another major character would die towards the end, but I didn’t want it to be Prim. Because the entire story started when Katniss volunteered for the Hunger Games to save Prim’s life, and in the end it was still Prim who dies while Katniss survives.
9. I like the relationship that developed between Katniss and Johanna. I bet if they both weren’t so prickly, especially with each other, they would actually become pretty good friends.
10. Though it may seem like a contradiction to the first point I raised, I was a bit disappointed that there were so few tender moments between Katniss and Peeta.