WARNING [!]: There will be spoilers throughout this article.
“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins was, to say the least, a let-down. It was an entertaining book, but there was something missing. That “something” was a clear Good vs. Evil theme. Yes, there were self-proclaimed “good guys,” and there were definitely bad guys. But the “good guys” were doing almost as much evil as the bad guys! This is something, as Christian writers, that we clearly need to avoid.
So in a nutshell, there are three major reasons why I didn’t like “Mockingjay.” Number one, there was, in my opinion, a major subplot unresolved by the end of the book. Number two, it was difficult to identify the line between good and evil in “Mockingjay.” And number three, it was over-the-top violent.
1. An Unresolved Subplot
What happened to Gale?
Maybe this wasn’t a big deal to everyone who has read/seen “Mockingjay,” but to me, it was a big deal. Gale and Katniss were good friends. Gale liked Katniss. Katniss wasn’t interested. This whole subplot was never resolved! It was obvious that Katniss and Peeta would end up together, but Gale, who, in my opinion, was a pretty major character, was gone at the end.
2. Good vs. Evil Themes
Who are the good guys in “Mockingjay?”
Am I the only one who’s asked this question? Who exactly are the good guys in “Mockingjay?” Obviously President Snow is just plain evil. But both sides of the war have two things in common: they’ll both do anything to win the war, and they both kill innocent people not involved in the conflict. So you tell me: who are the good guys? In my opinion, the answer is “there aren’t any.” People who kill other innocent people to win a war are not good. So both sides of the conflict in “Mockingjay” are bad. Maybe Katniss’s rebels are the lesser of two evils. Maybe. But it’s hard to tell.
Whose side is Katniss on?
Good, of course, you say. But are you really sure? Katniss kills President Coin, whom she was supposed to support, out of anger, all because President Coin ordered bombs to be dropped on the Capital, and Prim was killed by these bombs. Katniss has a choice–a choice of whether or not to kill the real bad guy, President Snow, who’s killed people and who created the Hunger Games in the first place. Instead, Katniss lets her anger for President Coin get in the way, and she ends up killing President Coin instead.
So Katniss is on no one’s “side.” Katniss is on her own side. She’s really out for herself. And she doesn’t seem to care about the fate of the innocent citizens of the Capital and the other districts at all.
3. Violence and Gore
“Mockingjay” contains lots of hurt and unnecessary violence and gore. Prim and Finnick die gruesome deaths. Innocent people die during the civil war. And not only that, Katniss is mentally-unstable at the end of the book. There is so much pain caused by the civil war. And this pain is not resolved at the end of the book because Katniss is still suffering from these previous pains caused by the civil war and the Hunger Games. Overall, “Mockingjay” is a depressing book, and it ends just as depressingly as it starts.