If you haven't finished the third book in The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins- go do it now- then read this post. SPOILER ALERT!****
I LOVE The Hunger Games. Since I started the series in January the books have been on my mind often. I love the characters- especially Katniss and her selflessness towards her sister and Peeta and his calm demeanor in the face of so much fear. To say I was excited to read Mockingjay would be an understatement.
I finished the last book over a week ago, and at this point I can say that I did like the book. It still drew me in, although I have to admit that I felt the novel to be a little rushed. (I feel this way with most final novels in a series. Maybe it's because I don't really want them to end????) I feel like so much happened during the rebellion that I would have liked more time to really digest all that was going on. This didn't keep me from enjoying the book though.
The part I had the hardest time with was when Prim died. I was prepared for Katiniss or Peeta or Gale, but Prim?! I was caught completely off guard. I can honestly say that I think Collins picked the right person to sacrifice; I feel it brought the novels full circle. Especially the more I think about it, I don't think another character would have elicited the feelings that came out of me as I finished the book.
I was so sad.
I was crying and felt that the characters- especially Katniss- were left almost inhuman; an empty shell in a world that robbed her of every last piece of her self. I finished the novel through tears and went to bed sobbing. Literally.
That's when I knelt down for my night prayer.
I have a pretty good relationship with my Heavenly Father. When I pray I tell Him how I'm feeling at that moment and I know He understands me. I was prepared to tell Him how sad I was feeling and ask Him to help me feel better. I had no sooner started my prayer than I had the most overwhelming feeling of love come over me.
Clear as a bell I could hear Him say, "You have no reason to be sad. You have a Savior."
I will forever be grateful for this book for how it further built my testimony of the Savior and the love he has for us. No matter how alone and broken we feel, he is there. He is the great mender of feelings and broken hearts. So, be of good cheer, He has overcome the world.
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10
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