*So Leah's trying to hide, Laura's eyes are closed and Lisa and Scott pretended to be texting outside of the picture. So I'm sorry for the fuzzy picture--some were not cooperating with me. :D
Anyway, we're all HUGE fans of the HUNGER GAMES series and knew we had to read and discuss MOCKINGJAY asap!So I'm finally going to have the big M discussion!
If you haven't read or finished MOCKINGJAY (and intend to), do not read beyond this point. We all agreed that Suzanne Collins was a BRILLIANT writer and her series is one to be treasured.
We also agreed that the third book was dark (for obvious reasons--they were at war), and that a lot of characters were just... broken. Including Katniss and Peeta.
There were differing opinions about the ending, which makes it a compelling series to read and discuss.
Some thought the ending was perfect and as it should have been. Key points being:
*Katniss was bound to be with Peeta (there was no real triangle).
*Gale was really a secondary character and was taken away a lot in MOCKINGJAY.
*Katniss and Gale were too alike (survivors), and therefore she really needed someone like Peeta.
*Prim's death was climatic, considering the book began with Katniss standing up for her in the games. If Gale died it would have been too "storybook romance".
*The book showed that war was ugly and imperfect and power can go way wrong.Some opposing views(especially by moi'):
*MOCKINGJAY felt anti-climatic.
* The ending seemed rushed (post Coin's death, which I knew would happen) and tacked on.
*I wanted the ending to be bigger. Maybe one of the main characters needed to die (no I'm not out for blood)--Katniss or Peeta or Gale or Haymitch.
*I didn't care deeply for Prim by the third book (like I did for other characters) and therefore wasn't as moved as I'd hoped to be by her death.
Questions We Posed:
1.What exactly does Panem look like (we consulted the map that went with the book) and if it was so spread out, why weren't there other rebel groups or factions?
2. What about the issue of race in the series? How possible was it that all of those in the post-apocalyptic Seam had gray eyes and olive skin, except the more wealthy (Peeta's family, the mayor) that were blond haired, blue-eyed.
3. Should Katniss have ended up alone?
4. Maybe Katniss should have gotten together with Haymitch since he knew her "so well"--yes we burst out laughing.
5. Why did District 13 resemble the Capital by the end? Did it signify that all those in power are evil (it was depressing)?
5. Will Peeta ever really remember the feelings he had for Katniss (also depressing)?
So there you have it!
Having said all that, I would highly recommend this series and will cherish each one of the books on my shelf. This series is a keeper!