I don’t think this novel needs an introduction.
I know. I know. But give me just a second.
When the cover art was first revealed for Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay, I think my first word was, “What?” and then I probably made a face of disgust. This is just what pretentious cover snobs do in their spare time. I’ve had lots of practice.
It wasn’t the title or the mockingjay that provoked such a reaction. It was the color.
One of the things I really loved about The Hunger Games series cover art was that each piece captured the tone and mood of each book very deliberately. The Hunger Games was dark. Ominous. Black fit it perfectly. Catching Fire was an obvious choice with its color. It was politically charged, passionate, and with all the fire references in the book it practically bled over to its cover.
But baby friggin blue? Are you kidding me? Seriously, just take another look.
The color blue evokes certain emotions, right? There’s a reason why it’s used as a paint color in bathrooms and living rooms. It has a calming and relaxing effect. It’s welcoming. It’s clean. Now, if you will, apply this to how you felt prior to reading this final installation in the epic story of Katniss Everdeen.
I realize I’m inserting quite a bit of emotional involvement in the other novels, rather than strictly analyzing the details of this cover. But I can’t not mention how the other covers so honestly bottled up the intensity of what The Hunger Games and Catching Fire was all about. This cover feels about as intense as a baby boy shower invitation.
For those of you who’ve read the series, how did you feel about this cover?