Yeah, you. The person who hasn't read Mockingjay yet. Why are you reading this post?
Don't get me wrong. I love that you're here and all, and I would love for you to come back again. Just... not today. Browse the archives, or go explore Garfield Minus Garfield or sign up for the Banned Book Challenge. Anything but reading this Mockingjay post.
Seriously. If you haven't read the book, you shouldn't read this post.
This is my serious face.
Okay, so apart from my overall impressions of the book, which you can read here, there are a few points that everyone has opinions about. And everyone has different opinions too, which makes it even more fun. So in the interest of ongoing discussion, here are a few of mine.
1. Did Katniss really vote for another Hunger Games?
No way. I'm absolutely convinced that she only voted for that idea so that President Coin would trust her. Katniss knew what she was going to do, and the voting was just a way for her to get close enough to Coin to do it. I think that Haymitch saw she had a plan and that's why he voted with her.
2. Who killed the children and Prim, the Capitol or the rebels?
I gotta vote for the rebels on this one. It fits with what I know of Coin and if Snow knew the bombing was about to happen, he would have gotten out of the palace while everyone was distracted.
3. Are you okay with not knowing which one it was?
Absolutely. I think Katniss not knowing was an important part of the end of the book, and so I'm happy not knowing either. I do think I'm right though. :)
4. Are you okay with not seeing Snow die?
Yep. Don't get me wrong, it would have been satisfying if his death had been more dramatic. But I was way more concerned about Coin at that point. (When she suggested another Hunger Games, I started yelling NO! at the book.) And I think having Snow's death be kind of ordinary and unimportant, was a good revenge for someone as power-hungry as he was.
5. Gale vs. Peeta
I have to admit, I was torn. All through both of the first two books and the first half of the third one, I just didn't know who I wanted her to end up with. On the one hand, Peeta loved Katniss so much, and called up emotions in her that Gale never really did. On the other hand, I liked Gale better than Peeta because he could take care of himself and he understood Katniss better in some ways.
In the end though, I was glad she didn't go with Gale. Reckless anger and a lust for vengeance are HUGE turn-offs for me. There was just too much darkness in Gale at the end of it all. I think Katniss was drawn to him because he represented her life before the Games, but I don't think she would have been happy with him.
Just one, the one that was running through my head throughout this entire book.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche