In the days since Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins was published, we here at Novel Novice have noticed a disturbing trend among readers upon finishing The Hunger Games trilogy beloved by millions.
- Lethargy (most likely from the inability to put down the book and sleep)
- Irritability (see above)
- Trouble concentrating
- Flashbacks, especially when trying to get to sleep
- Inability to read other books
- Constantly comparing other books to Mockingjay and finding them lacking
- Tendency to return to Mockingjay to re-read certain passages (over, and over, and over … )
- Wondering out loud, “WTH DO I READ NOW?!”
If you have several of the symptoms above, you, too, may be suffering from PPD:
But there’s hope. If you or a friend are suffering from PPD, read on.
- Immersion Therapy: Read other dystopian literature. A list of notable titles is available here and here.
- Visualization Therapy: Look ahead at soon-to-be-released, highly anticipated books. Here is a primer to get you started.
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Aug. 31
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Aug. 31
- Firelight by Sophie Jordan, Sept. 7
- Twelfth Grade Kills (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod) by Heather Brewer, Sept. 21
- Torment by Lauren Kate, Sept. 28
- Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (the sequel to Leviathan), Oct. 5
- Beautiful Darkness by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, Oct. 12
- Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan, Oct. 12
- Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick, Oct. 19
- Misguided Angel by Melissa De La Cruz (Blue Bloods book 5), Oct. 26
- Sapphique by Catherine Fisher, Dec. 2010 (sequel to Incarceron, both already out in U.K.)
- Ad Nauseum Therapy: If the above approaches don’t work, it’s time to go back to the drawing board. Pick up your well-worn copy of The Hunger Games and read the trilogy all over again. Repeat until you’re so sick of Katniss you want to kill her yourself.