Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanna Collins

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. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

I had expectations for Mockingjay. I'd thought about theories, and even made up some fake, funny ones with people on Twitter. Nothing prepared me for this book. It feels different from the first two in the series. Not bad, just different. There's a war going on. Bad things happen in war. Heidi Kling (author of SEA) said, "Forget Team Peeta/Team Gale. By the end of this book you are only Team Humanity."
I can't agree more. For months fans have been speculating about who Katniss will choose. But honestly, in light of present circumstances, it doesn't matter. This book explores themes of war, the meaning of right and wrong/good and evil, and shows that every decision we make has a consequence. If you liked The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, you won't be disappointed. This book has lived up to its hype, and is now probably my favorite read this year. I believe that everyone should read the previous two books just to get the the masterpiece that is Mockingjay.



  1. I wasn't disappointed until the final 20 pages and then I went, "Wait, this is all wrong and what happened to the strong female character we had? Where did this whiny emo kid come from and can't someone take her away?" I almost felt like Collins got to the end of the book, didn't have an ending so did a "Oh quick we need to wrap this up, so you go here, you do this, and you are going to get one sentence so people don't go, "but what happened to____?"

    Katniss does fall apart, but it's understandable. She's pretty much lost everyone she cared about, and she's been through so much trauma.
    I think the memory book at the end shows that she's healing, but I can't expect her to be the same.



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