And now a few words about Mockingjay

**NO SPOILERS, JUST A BRIEF OPINION**

Will you stone me if I say that Mockingjay was utterly underwhelming and disappointing?  Well, I’m saying it anyway.

This was one of my most highly anticipated books of the year, and I’m supremely let down by Suzanne Collins’s final installment.

'Shock and Dismay' is a more apt title...

At several junctures, I wanted to jump into the book and box Katniss around the ears for her actions, inaction, and attitude.  And don’t even get me going on Peeta and Gale.  Collins managed to alienate me from my favorite characters with their incongruous behaviors.

It took me an entire week to slog through, and it never captured me the way the first book did.  I haven’t been this let down by a sequel or series-ender in ages.

Did you read and love it?

15 Comments

  • At 2010.09.02 03:41, J.C. Montgomery said:

    I haven’t read it yet, but from other reviews I’ve read, you’re not alone in your sentiment.

    I did order the trilogy, something I rarely do. The first two books are worth it I hear, and I’m willing to give the third the benefit of the doubt as to how much of a disappointment it might be.

    I always appreciate honesty. Thank you for yours.
    .-= J.C. Montgomery´s last blog ..Read any good Challenges lately =-.

    • At 2010.09.02 08:12, rhapsodyinbooks said:

      But we couldn’t have NOT read it!

      • At 2010.09.02 08:46, Meghan said:

        I won’t stone you! I did enjoy reading this one but it disappointed me. I completely agree about the characters, I really felt they were unrecognizable at times. I was pleased with the conclusion but the rest not so much.

        • At 2010.09.02 09:08, Beth F said:

          I wrote a detailed post about my disappointment. You are not alone.
          .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Mockingjay Tour- Whats Up with District 13 =-.

          • At 2010.09.02 10:47, softdrink said:

            Nope, no stones. In fact, you can join Beth Fish and I and a bunch of others as we all throw stones at the book, instead.
            .-= softdrink´s last blog ..Blink =-.

            • At 2010.09.02 11:50, Meg said:

              Oh boy — I have to agree with you, though I did ultimately enjoy it. I just finished it this morning — more than a week later! — after putting it down several times to read other books. Never thought that would happen!

              I’ll be posting about it soon, but yes… the whole Gale/Peeta thing? And that little conversation between the two of them? Gag.
              .-= Meg´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday- Jamestown- NY — hometown of Lucille Ball =-.

              • At 2010.09.02 12:12, Amy @ My Friend Amy said:

                I did love it! I think i’m in the minority of book bloggers who did, but I think it has to do with expectations of which I had none. (or rather unformed ones as the brilliant Angie of Angieville said)

                I thought it was moving and powerful and quite honestly I haven’t loved a book this much in a long time.
                .-= Amy @ My Friend Amy´s last blog ..Review- Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins =-.

                • At 2010.09.02 23:33, Jess - A Book Hoarder said:

                  I think I am with Meg in that I did overall enjoy it but you are so right to say it was not up to expectations!
                  .-= Jess – A Book Hoarder´s last blog ..Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins =-.

                  • At 2010.09.03 16:05, dw said:

                    awww. sorry to see that you’re disappointed by the book. i’m probably the only person in the world that hasn’t read the hunger games yet. although it’s kind of a bummer to read that the series ends on a low note.
                    .-= dw´s last blog ..TGIF =-.

                    • At 2010.09.03 16:50, Holley said:

                      I loved it! It was hard to read, but I give her serious cred for not smoothing everything over so we could all feel good about it. I give the same cred to Scott Westerfeld for the Uglies trilogy. That being said, everyone thinks I’m weird for that… ;-)
                      Holley
                      .-= Holley´s last blog ..July Reads =-.

                      • At 2010.09.03 20:43, Jenners said:

                        I agree with you 100%! And it seems that more reviews are negative than positive for this one.
                        .-= Jenners´s last blog ..RIP V Challenge =-.

                        • At 2010.09.07 13:59, Ti said:

                          No stones here. I really, did not like it at all. It felt as if the author took the easy route (in my opinion).

                          http://bookchatter.net/2010/09/02/review-mockingjay/

                          • At 2010.09.09 15:34, Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books said:

                            will you stone me if I say that I haven’t yet read any of the books in the trilogy? My older kids did, and loved them … I’ll get to them someday (and thanks for the warning about the conclusion!)
                            .-= Dawn – She Is Too Fond of Books´s last blog ..Thoughts on The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova audiobook =-.

                            • At 2010.09.09 16:21, Lisa Munley said:

                              I’ve read the first 160 pages but I keep putting it down to read other things. I thought the problem was all mine, but maybe not!
                              .-= Lisa Munley´s last blog ..Ann Louise Gittleman- author of Zapped- on tour October-November 2010 =-.

                              • At 2010.09.18 23:34, Jennifer said:

                                Well, this is a bit disheartening. I just finished Catching Fire and I loved it. And Mockingjay is loaded on my iPad awaiting me. I’m so bummed to hear that you didn’t like it. I hope that I don’t find it so disappointing. :(
                                .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Review- Catching Fire =-.