Okay, I can't wait a year to get this out there...
Do NOT click below the cut if you haven't read Mockingjay all the way through and don't want the ending of the Hunger Games series seriously wrecked for you. I am not even kidding.
Mockingjay is my least favorite book of the series, a sentiment that is shared by many Hunger Games fans. So, while writing my review of Mockingjay Part 1, I was thinking about what I hated about the ending of the books.
Katniss's voice is ineffective, spending too much time flipping between being angsty for Peeta and hating her role in the Rebellion, while failing to portray the size and impact of the Rebellion and the story being told. The ending felt rushed. The level of detail readers are given throughout the books is sacrificed in the last few chapters to speed the book to its conclusion, leaving us shocked by the events and questioning the many loose ends. The epilogue fails to tie up those loose ends, and to create the post-Rebellion world in a way that is real, like Panem was, giving readers closure.
On top of all that... Katniss completely fails to do the one thing she set out to do at the beginning of the series.
That was the whole reason she entered the Games. She didn't volunteer to start a Rebellion, or free Panem, or stick it to the Man. She just wanted to save her little sister in the only way she knew how.
And in the end, it was the one thing she couldn't do. Whether or not Katniss joined the Games, or the Rebellion succeeded, Prim ends up dead.
That is just so... unfair.
I don't use the word unfair lightly. But to start a character on a journey and take away her perceived success like that? To make all of us believe that this plot element was tied up with a neat little bow because how could Prim possibly die now? That is some George RR Martin level ruthlessness.