20 Bad Books By Good Authors

Mockingjay

Author: Suzanne Collins
Released: 2010

Spoilers ahoy, but if you have any interest in reading the final book of The Hunger Games trilogy, be warned: For one thing, it's going to make a far better movie than it ever will a book. For another, the stunning level of violence and smashing of loyal readers' hearts are the antithesis of all the hope Katniss Everdeen—one of the greatest dystopian and YA protagonists ever written—has instilled over the previous two books.

After two stories of people going into The Hunger Games arena, there was no way the characters could go back in, so this book sticks Katniss in two different arenas: First, a claustrophobia-inducing underground bunker where she spends most of her time freaking out and waiting for the revolution and trying to decide between boys. Then, a full-scale ground assault on Panem's Capital City, which flies by so quickly, you barely have time to register the gravity of what's happening (the series' conclusion) let alone the deaths of major characters.

When it's all over, your heart is broken, you're in a state of shock, and you feel like the entire world you've invested two books in has fallen apart (and an epilogue meant to soften the blow doesn't really help). Was it inevitable? Maybe. But did it have to be so brutal, or such a deviation from the other two books? If J.K. Rowling taught anyone anything, the answer is a resounding "No." —Foster Kamer

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