Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins (Red)

(Red) means you shouldn’t read this book. Sorry if the following makes you upset I just get really disappointed when something popular fails so miserably.  It pushes me over the edge.  It feels like the publisher and author knew that it was going to sell no matter what so they just put out a first draft as quickly as they could. When reading the trilogy you should stop at the second book and then just make up your own ending.

Do I need to go explain or will you just trust me?

I can tell from the way you are reading this that you need me to explain. You have probably heard from a lot of your friends that the entire trilogy is awesome and that the third book is the best of the bunch. Feel free to keep reading but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

You are probably wondering how bad it is so I’ll ask you a question to try and show you.

How do you win a revolution?

If you answered “Fight to overthrow the government” then you would be right. We’ve all seen Star Wars. We know the good guys fight the bad guys until the evil government is gone.

That’s not what happens in Mockingjay. There is fighting going on but rarely from the protagonist’s POV.

Instead they have her making propaganda commercials.

What?

It’s like reading the behind the scenes of a negative political ad campaign, except way more frustrating because you know there is a war going on that would be way more entertaining than reading about how to make commercials. So lame.

The revolution is on the back burner for most of the book. Instead the focus is on the commercials, Katniss having a hard life because of blah blah whatever, and her choosing between Pita Pit and the other guy (I’ve already forgotten his name).

Katniss being sad about her life is just about the most boring thing in the world to read. I don’t care if that’s what she would be like in real life. It is boring and I don’t want to read about. The districts are rising up against their oppressors, why can’t we read more about that?

When we finally get to the action it’s vague and unimaginative. There was never a moment when I could picture what was going on in my head or a moment when , after a minute or two, I couldn’t think of something more interesting. Instead of being creative and entertaining the author resorted to being unnecessarily gory when characters finally started dying.

Don’t even get me started with Prim. That was supposed to be a major turning point in the book? Was that a climax? Instead of storming the castle we have to read that? Are you kidding me? I don’t know what’s worse, having to read that or reading it and not caring in the slightest.

But it’s not all bad. There was one lonely improvement in this book from the other ones. Pita Pit wasn’t just some star-crossed lover who never did anything. In this book he is a crazy person who can’t tell reality from what he was brainwashed to believe. The real or fake game they play to help him learn what’s real was the only part of the book I thought was good.

Do you want to know the very worst thing about this book?

It’s been optioned for two movies.  As with all young adult books being turned into movies it will be split into two so instead of one unwatchable movie we are going to have two.  Nothing happens in the first half of the book. I can’t imagine what the movie is going to be about.  If I end up watching it I might have to download a new iPhone game to keep me amused.  By the way, Angry Birds tells a better and more interesting story than Mockingjay.

You’ve been warned. This book is no good. But chances are if you read the first two than you will read this one. I’m sorry in advance.

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4 Responses to Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins (Red)

  1. Chelsey Woodruff says:

    Hey Tyler…I am usually not one to comment on anything really…for the most part my internet motto is “stalk, don’t talk”, but I just read your reviews for each of the hunger games books and I have the desire to leave my position as silent creeper to add my thoughts to yours. I just want to let you know, I agree with you completely! I normally am not one to partake in fads, once I have heard everyone else loves it, I just go ahead and assume I don’t like it and keep my distance. I won’t get into the gory details but yada yada yada, I find myself reading the hunger games mostly against my will. My sum up for #1- Decent, parts I liked, parts I didn’t. Whatever. #2 I was apprehensive at first, like slowly submerging myself into a cold lake, but it wasn’t long before I was metaphorically swimming, splashing and undeniably enjoying myself in the pages before me. As I closed the book I was absolutely in love and so excited to continue. #3 Like you said, everyone around me was telling me it was the best in the series and I would love it so much. I got told by some that the beginning was a little slow but the ending was so worth it. I am quite sure I had a very disgusted contorted face as I read, but I kept thinking to myself if the ending is going to make up for all this garbage it must be extraordinary…and with that mentality I held on past every single page until finally it was over, I finished the last word, and closed the book. At no point did mockingjay ever hit a single part that I could even compare with my evaluation of the word “good”. This is supposed to be a futuristic revolution with unlimited technologies not to mention Mutants!…and I get propaganda films and chapters devoted to being in and out of consciousness and solitary confinement? Are you kidding me? I don’t think I have ever been more cheesed off by an ending before in my life. Honestly I got a little too invested in the second book, and the echoing disappointment from the third caused me to do some rash things that have changed my life forever. Some things I am not proud of and will not divulge at this time. I just wanted to let you know that I agree with you completely and I am glad to know I am not the only one who felt this way. So thank you.

    • Chelsey, that was amazing. Thank you. I’m also glad to not be the only one who be dissapointed in this. What’s with people saying the ending is awesome. I don’t get it. And I don’t want to see them drag this out for two movies.

  2. Chelsey Woodruff says:

    Joel and I were discussing this last night as well. He made the point and I completely agree, that the mockingjay movie would be like watching Lord of the Rings, Return of the King…from Faramirs point of view. (Obviously watching Return of the King even from Faramirs point of view would be 1000x better than watching mockingjay, at least he did something to help save the world before he went into his near comatose state, and he was still able to pull through with an actual love story.) But you see what we are getting at? We would be missing the entire fantastic end battle for middle earth to watch him be ether unconscious or stuck in the hospital. “Hey guys, I am so happy you all made it back alive! Frodo, what happened to your hand?”- The end. One movie would be bad enough…two? *Shudder* I don’t even want to think about it! I don’t think even Suzanne Collins would watch them. She certainly didn’t seem to care too much about what was going on in the book! I couldn’t help but notice that the new brother characters we are introduced to in Mockingjay, are named Castor and Pullox, names of brothers from one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies. I have the suspicion she was watching tv while mindlessly prattling out this book. I also don’t think its a good sign for them that just the thought of these movies gives me the urge to go watch something else, and they haven’t even been made yet. It’s a Pavlov reflex- Did someone just mention the Mockingjay movies? I suddenly have the need to go watch Return of the King…and Faceoff.

    • Have you seen Face/Off recently? It’s not cinema magic (how can a fat guy like John Travolta and a skinny punk like Nic Cage switch bodies?) but I would choose it over Mockingjay any day. I would choose The Lizzy Maguire movie over Mockingjay.

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