“This book WOULD have received 5 stars from me if it weren't for the last 30 pages or so. I was disappointed with the ending of such a well written series. A terrible loss experienced by Katniss was never lightened and I felt a heaviness on my shoulders when I closed the book. A book not having a happy ever after is alright by me, but some kind of powerful statement needs to be made to make it justified. I was waiting for a moment of satisfaction but it never came because the story had a sense of being unfinished, almost rushed. 'And then this happened, and then this happened, and then that happened, and now I'm middle aged and I'm still not better.' I wanted a more powerful ending than that.
Swapping the enemy role was an unexpected surprise, but I didn't feel like it was dealt with and maybe that's what I'm struggling to understand. Katniss took matters into her own hands so to speak, but afterwards didn't question the motives of all the others associated. Did I expect her to let loose and attack the whole world? No. But I expected her to have some degree of frustration, confusion. At the very least, demand an explanation. But it didn't happen which left me agitated and confused.
Another thing that bothered me about this book is that I lost the connection with Katniss. I began to see her as a girl with no moral compass, who lacked loyalty to anyone or anything. Kissing two boys consistently while knowing they were both in love with her. No remorse, no conscience. Peeta is barely mentioned throughout the inner monologue, including the fact she dismisses him entirely while knowing he has a plan to kill himself while running through the streets of city. The whole dynamic shifted and I couldn't relate to her anymore. The moments of compassion that she displayed here and there weren't enough to counter act the countless moments of selfishness and blatant disregard for others, including her own family at times. I'd hate to think that Katniss could be used as a role model for young girls. After reading the third installment of this series I no longer think she deserves the title.”
Ali wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013.