Monday, February 14, 2011

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Release Day: August 25th, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 458pgs

The Story

My name is Katniss Everdeen.

Why am I not dead? I should be dead.

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.
The Review

Before I begin, this review is a little bit late...but I haven't had a chance. Anyway, I just want to say I love the Hunger Games and I love everything about the Hunger Games. With the last installment Mockingjay, I found myself a little disappointed in the book, more so with how it ended and whom Katniss ended up with. But despite a couple of things that happened, it was still a great read and a perfect end to one of the best trilogies that I've ever read.

So, my thoughts on the book?

Well, let's start with Katniss and Peeta. I understand her connection with him and with him being a really nice guy, though personally I've always been a Gale fan. But that's just me. I will say however, that Suzanne Collins is wonderful when it comes to writing her characters and navigating them through a great deal of loss, pain, emotion, change, and trauma. It's sometimes hard to read about and may leave you with a few tears here and there, but that's what makes Collins such an awesome writer. Not because of how she writes, but because she makes you have a strong attachment to her characters and feel as though you're losing your closest friends...which just fantastic!

Without revealing any spoilers (cause you would totally kill me), I will say that the ending was not how I liked for it to have ended...but everything was closed up nicely. Regardless with who I wanted Katniss to be with, who I wanted to live and die, this was probably my least favourite Hunger Games book. Some events in the book ran a little too slow for me, but as the pace picked up after the middle half...I found myself with full of surprises and I was glad that Collins's ending stayed true to how wars ended, how powerful and emotional and how real it can be.

The Rating

4/5 stars


  1. Totally agree with you Erin! I didn't love the ending but after reading it for the second time, I thought it was quite fitting and not terrible like I'd first thought. And yeah, the second half of the book was the best. Weren't you just on the edge of your seat, wondering what would happen next? x)
    As for Gale, I really did like him. I thought he was a great guy and would've been great for Katniss. But after meeting Peeta…I don't think anyone could beat him out. Maybe that's just me and my love for his total sweetness.

  2. Agreed. As for Gale, I was really rooting for him....ah well. Peeta is really sweet, so I'll give him points on that! :)

  3. Haha! I knew from the beginning that Katniss would end up with Peeta. Since when does the old guy get the girl as opposed to the new sweet one? =| Well...that's excluding those stories where the author's positioned us to like the old best friend and not the evil new guy haha.

    And yes, Peeta's a massive sweetie. He can bake me cakes any time! I'll see if I can put in a special order for my birthday next week ;) Extra pretty frosting please!

  4. Yeah same here. It was obvious with K&P. LOL.


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