Why I’m not going to formally review Catching Fire or Mockingjay

I finally finished Catching Fire and Mockingjay, thanks to Read-a-thon. I decided I wasn’t going to formally review either of these books because:

1. If you haven’t read from this series yet,  I’m probably more likely to convince you to read it by my review of The Hunger Games rather than my reviews of Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

2. Most readers of this blog have probably already read this so I don’t feel like I have anything new to say that you haven’t thought yourself or read somewhere else.

3. I’m too lazy to write actual reviews for them.

I’m just going to give you some thoughts about each of these books and my feelings about this series!

First I have to say–damn you, Suzanne Collins, for making me feel like I was a yo-yo. One moment I’m in love with Gale and then the next Peeta and then Gale and then Peeta. I thought this love triangle was genius and well done but drove me nuts because I couldn’t decide if I was Team Gale or Team Peeta.

SPOILERS, you’ve been warned:

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)Catching Fire– This was my FAVORITE out of the whole series. I didn’t think it could possibly top The Hunger Games. I loved how we got to understand the characters a little more fully and we could delve into some deeper dystopian ideas. This one was very much action packed as well and I couldn’t put it down! This was one the tides turned from Team Gale to Team Peeta.

Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)Mockingjay– This one was good but weaker for me than the first two. It took a little bit more to get into as it was more politically charged and lacked the amount of action as the first two..which can be ok but I just felt like it was overkill a little bit. I did find it interesting though to see the political workings of the districts and whatnot. I liked the ending but I felt like I wasn’t as enthralled with Katniss as I had been before. I felt sad for Peeta because she really never ended up choosing him because she loved him..it’s just all that was left. I wanted to see Katniss grow in that way more but it makes sense that she was just so jaded after all she saw. I went back and forth from Peeta and Gale during this book. The whole Peeta gone crazy thing irritated me but ultimately I’m Teem Peeta all the way. This book had a lot of great twists and turns but ended super preachy. I know that dystopian novels should have that element but I feel like she went overboard on that. After seeing her speak at the National Book Festival, I know her position on war and that part of her inspiration came from watching the footage on the Iraq War. Knowing all that, I knew where she was going with it all. As a side note, I was really annoyed because the end seemed rushed and then freaking FINNICK (one of my favorite characters) dies and it’s just brushed aside. I would have liked to see a little more emotion involved with all that. It just seemed so sad.

The series as a whole: One of my all time favorites! While Mockingjay wasn’t as great as I thought it was going to be, I still fully enjoyed it. The series, as whole, was phenomenal and captivated me from the start. Unforgettable characters and a great start to my love for dystopian novels!

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Comments

  1. Catching Fire also stabilized me on Team Peeta. I totally get not writing a formal review for these books, there are tons of reviews out there already!

  2. I agree whole-heartedly with everything you said about Catching Fire :)

  3. Avid Reader says:

    Catching Fire was my fovorite too. I think it's the best of the series.

  4. I am the same way–I read all three rapid-fire, but I just can't bring myself to review them. I feel like well, what hasn't already been said? I was really flip-flopping between Team Peeta or Team Gale (though ended up on Peeta's side) and it just seemed too tiresome to write it all out. ANYWAY, let's just say I pretty much agree with everything you just said. Good. Now I can link people to you when they ask me my thoughts about Hunger Games. :)

  5. S. Krishna says:

    I didn't write a formal review of Mockingjay because I felt the same way!

  6. Guadi - FictionWorms says:

    I also think Catching Fire is far the best one of the series! I just loved it. I loved the new characters (like Finnick :)), I got to love Peeta even more and I loved the fact that the arena was a "clock". The part when Katniss throws the arrow to the force field is just awesome, and the end couldn't have been better. So, having read such a great book as The Hunger Games, and then an even superior sequel, my expectations about Mockingjay were incredibly high. I think that's mostly why I didn't enterely like the third book. I also hated Finnick's death (as you said, she could have at least made it more dramatic, but she told it as if that wasn't so important), Prim's death was devastating, and the end… oh, I don't know, but I wasn't satisfied. It wasn't that the book was not good, but it didn't live up to my expectations. Anyway, I have never loved the end of a sequel or TV series, because I get so attached to them that I hate when the end comes.

    PS: I also find it IMPOSSSIBLE to write a Mockingjay review :/ Though I did write one about Catching Fire: http://fictionworms.wordpress.com/books/a-b-c-d-e/c/catching-fire/ :)

  7. I really need to re-read this series; so many things you touched on here made me go “I forgot that happened!” (like Peeta’s craziness) but then you’d say something else and all I drew were blanks (Finnick dies?!) haha

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