This will be a short criticism, but I feel the need to get this off my chest: I will not be reading Mocking Jay. Yes, I read the first and the second, but if someone were to tie me to the couch and read the thing aloud to me, I would simply refuse to listen.
My reasons are threefold:
1. I did enjoy aspects of The Hunger Games, but, as I said in my previous post, I think Collins’s strength lies in the fact that she used a literary trick to make the pacing suspenseful and engrossing. Using the same trick in sequels is simply tiring.
2. The writing. Oh! The writing.
3. I simply cannot abide by a character who watches friends get killed, kills people herself, and then spends the train ride home wondering which of two boys she will date.
Also, three young adult novels were published this year with the title Mocking Jay (or close to it), and if I am going to read any title with a bird in it, it won’t be Suzanne Collins’s.