Monday, August 30, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins.
Publisher: Scholastic.
Pages: 390.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.

After I finished Mockingjay, there were no words to describe just how I felt about the book. I think I sobbed for about an hour. But now that it’s had time to sit in my head, I can’t find enough words to convey just how much I loved this novel. It’s grueling, heart-stopping, heart-breaking, intense, depressing .. but so, so epic.

I will admit that there are a few things about this last book in the series that rubbed me the wrong way, but they were so small compared to the overall impact that the book had on me. Katniss is still a puppet to others, even in her new home, and it gets her thrown into some severe situations. But what I loved the most is reading her break. She goes from somebody who will comply with every request given to appease people, to somebody who has been torn in so many directions that she’s slipping out of her mind. And if you’re a reader like me, it’s so emotional that it affects you.

I couldn’t guess anything in this one. When I thought this person would die, they didn’t. When I didn’t expect this person to die, they did. The many twists and turns and unexpected happenings and unfortunately, deaths (there are quite a few of them in this one) can be somewhat dizzying at times, but they’re a large part of what made this last book so incredible. When I can’t predict the outcome of a book, an author has done something right.

And this book will appease both Team Gale and Team Peeta fans, at least for a little while. Peeta had his time to shine in the last two books, but now it’s Gale’s turn. I won’t spoil anything, but each character has their ups and heavily downs in this one. Poor Katniss. What an emotional rollercoaster!

Overall, Mockingjay has landed a place on one of my all-time favorite lists. Even though it doesn’t have a fairytale ending (and honestly - if you were expecting one, you haven’t really grasped what the series is about at all) it’s raw and real and just insanely epic. If you’re a fan of the first two books, run to the bookstore and get yourself a copy of this one NOW. Just .. wow. That is all.


  1. I'm so glad you liked it! I hear so many bad reviews, and I can't really understand why. Yes, Katniss did some things that bothered me, and yes, it's a painful read, but I don't see how else it could be. I think it was a fitting conclusion :) Brilliant review!

  2. I agreed with this review of Mockinjay especially the fact that Katniss who had a tough time with Gale and Peeta.

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