“Honestly, I found it a little hard to keep my focus on what was going on. I'm not sure if this was my fault, or the book's. Also, the ending was not very satisfying for me. The effects of war on the survivors was captured very well, but the ending was just too bleak and depressing. I don't think enough time was given to Peeta. Did he return to being the boy with the bread or did his new self go back to loving Katniss? I guess it was implied that he returned to his old self because he was planting primroses, but still, thats just an assumption. I just wish more time was spent on him in the ending. Something to show his old self maybe. Maybe just even a reference to his eyes, or him remembering something.
Maybe im too upset at the sad ending, even though it wasnt really sad. But really, more time should have been spent on Katniss' mother and Gale. Atleast her friendship with Gale shouldnt have ended so abruptly. It just seems over dramatised that theres nothing left between them but coldness, and that he never even visits District Twelve.
I dont know. Maybe im overreacting to a sad ending. Maybe I was too upset to find the positives in the book. But the ending was depressing and the epilogue, which I hoped would provide some sort of closure, failed to impress at all. I woke up this morning and couldnt get over that depressing feeling whenever I thought about any of the characters in the book. Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Katniss' father and offcourse, Peeta's father. So much so, that I am debating on whether to give this book four or five stars.
After hours of contemplation, I figured out some of what threw me off at the ending:
- The ending was too abrupt, more time should have been spent on finishing off the different stories
- The ending didn't have a positive spin to it. I get that the point was to show that war isn't glorius, and it comes to a painful ending. But still, that doesn't mean that people don't recover enough to not be happy again. Even when Katniss finally admits her love for Peeta, that entire scene isn't joyful.
- So only Katniss and Peeta are together at the end with a few appearances from Haymitch? Her mother, Gale, Pollux, Beetee and the others, they are barely even mentioned.
- Not enough time is given to Peeta (in my opinion, off course). What attracted me to The Hunger Games, and especially Catching Fire, with respect to their relationship, was to see Peeta being noble and loving and brave. And I loved the bits where Peeta took care of Katniss when noone else could. Understandably, in Mockingjay this was turned around when Peeta got hijacked. For most of the book, Katniss was neglecting him (which I found shocking - she didn't even try to recognise him as being the same person that she waned to protect). But atleast, at the end there should have been some scene showing him back to his old self. Something to show that he wasn't hijacked anymore, and that he cared. The slow, sweet moment was missing.”