Book View: Mockingjay

Book View: MockingjayMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Published by Scholastic Press on August 24th 2010
Pages: 390

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.

Short & Sweet: Mockingjay… Mockingjay… Oh, how I love / dislike you. The third and final installment leaves the series with a thrilling conclusion. Many twists and turns await readers as they navigate through plenty of action, intrigue, and a pinch of romance. While the novel was full of awesomeness, I must admit that the sparkle which was present in the previous novels is missing. And do not get me started on the epilogue.

Final Verdict: I am so torn. There are probably not words to express the love that I have for The Hunger Games and Catching Fire; however, the love I have for Mockingjay is so much different. It is a much more mature novel than the previous in the series. And while this is a good thing to an extent, it feels odd as a reader to have the author's voice in my mind change so drastically. Mockingjay is definitely a thrilling novel. One that will have you thinking and talking about it long after you have finished the last page.

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6 responses to “Book View: Mockingjay

  1. Interesting. I’m not really sure I want to read this book now that I’ve read so many reviews leaning towards disliking it. Maybe it would be better just to leave off at Catching Fire, and imagine that there are happily ever afters everywhere.

  2. YA Book Queen

    Nice review, I don’t even know what to think of Mockingjay…it really, really surprised me (and both good and bad ways). 🙂

  3. Jason Letts

    I know exactly what you mean, there were things I loved about the series that just didn’t work for me in Mockingjay. I just kept thinking, how could this’ve gone so wrong! I do want to get you started on the epilogue though–how did you respond to it?

    I always got the impression the final Harry Potter books were engineered in a boardroom rather than Rowling’s head. Now I wish they’d done the same for this one.

    P.S. Come check out my review in the link!

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