I feel like there aren't many great YA novels being published these
days, so many of them seem to be focused on a formula that involves the
*cough* supernatural. It's so nice to have a novel that it distinctly different from what is typically being offered.
Anywho...This discussion is solely for nerdfighters who have finished Mockingjay and are willing to get into a rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth-with-enthusiasm discussion about it. If you haven't finished and don't want to read any spoilers, hit that back button RIGHT NOW. Are they gone? Good, on to the business at hand.
I just finished the book about two hours ago, and I find that I can still feel the sensation of tears running down my face. There is so much to talk about...where do I start?
Katniss. I won't say she's my favorite character, but I love how she develops in Mockingjay. I love that instead of her always rallying against all odds, she actually does break and suffers from the decisions she makes. It really emphasizes her humanity. She cracks down, she plots, she seeks revenge.
In fact, I love that there are almost no purely good characters in Mockingjay. (Aside from maybe Prim.) Everyone faces the grim reality of what they're doing, and they know the cost. The entire novel is saying that there is no good or evil, only people and the decisions they make. I cannot get enough of it.
I'm not going to say any other extensive thing, because I really want to get some topics rolling.
What constitutes right and wrong here? President Snow is the omnipresent evil in the novel, but there are so many other forms of it that are less obvious. Take Coin, she fights on the side of the rebellion, but at times she is just as cruel and manipulative as Snow. Think of Prim.
Who was your favorite character? Why?
Mine was Finnick. He came off as such an ass initially in Catching Fire, but you learn so much about him later that is utterly redeeming. He's honest, earnest, vulnerable, clever and completely charming. And now you understand the title of this discussion. Let's face it, that scene was a super subtle parody of Edtard's "Do I dazzle you?" and that's what made it awesome.
What about all the violence? Was it necessary? What does this say about the casualties of war?
There were lives taken in the thousands by both sides, but was any killing less significant because of who was under fire?
Epilogue, love it or hate it?
(I thought it was perfect. Closure achieved.)
Overall reaction? Lay it on me.
EDIT: There have been a few mentions of Team Gale and Team Peeta. Can we talk about that? Do you think that having the love triangle become less and less significant in the novel was a good thing? (Yes.) Do these teams coexist better than certain *ahem* other character teams? (Yes.)
Do they even matter as much? (Probably not.)