So I finally finished “Mockingjay” and therefore the Hunger Games trilogy. Can I just say … eck. The ending was not satisfying, in my opinion, and it’s been a while since I’ve been let down in that way.
HOWEVER. What Suzanne Collins does amazingly well is show how revolutions are messy. Many people die, and the people who survive focus so much on the people who died that they question whether it was really worth it. Worthy causes are worth fighting for, but those fights don’t come without serious repercussions. The main characters are used, manipulated, and tortured by BOTH sides - not just the side they’re fighting against. Katniss Everdeen, our main character and narrator, is consistently manipulated and used by the rebels fighting their oppressive regime in order to create propaganda for their cause. She is seen as both the face of the revolution, and a threat to the upcoming politicians, which means her safety is a concern until she’s no longer useful. Then she’s on her own to survive in a society where half the population would kill her on the spot if she is spotted. Meanwhile, the oppressive regime she is fighting against is psychologically torturing her by physically torturing her love interest and fellow Hunger Games victor. She is so wounded (mentally, physically, and emotionally) at the end that the reader is left with a very weak narrator, and unfortunately, a weak story as a result. The last book in the trilogy is a mess, which really reflects the protagonist’s mentality. Maybe that’s what Collins was going for. An unsettling ending to an unsettling phenomenon (revolutions). Or maybe the ending is intended to represent the imperfect reality in which we live. It might be genius and I just don’t understand why.
Oh well, onto the next book! Though I’m not sure what it’s going to be.