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Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
Pages: 390

From Goodreads:
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.

SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT CONTINUE READING IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK OR DON’T WANT TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS.

I finally finished Mockingjay, and boy do I have a lot of opinions! Overall, I enjoyed the book even though my following critique leans more on the not-so-positive side. The same thing happened to me with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, so I will be re-reading all three Hunger Games books in the semi-near future in the hopes that my thoughts might change a bit.

So, here are my thoughts one day after finishing Mockingjay:

Pace of the book: I thought that the first two parts were nicely paced, giving thorough information without being boring or going off-topic. The third part, however, was so fast I didn’t even realize I was finished with the book. I realize that a lot of information needs to be squeezed into one book, but I almost think it could have been divided into four parts and certain elements would have had a chance to be given their due explanations.

Katniss: While Katniss is my favorite character, I feel like the majority of the book she was hopped up on drugs and acting like a total junkie. Yes, I know that she has gone through more in her life than anyone can imagine, but did she have to be portrayed as a female Haymitch, using drugs instead of drinking?

The love triangle: UGH – not particularly thrilled with the outcome of this. I was never truly on one team or the other, but the way this played out was a little grim. I can’t believe that it could have been Gale’s bomb that killed Prim – I mean, what a horrible way for Katniss and Gale to lose everything they had over the past 5 years. I do agree in the end that Peeta is perhaps the better fit, but I wish that Katniss and Gale’s friendship didn’t suffer the way it did. Which leads me to…

Peeta: I never imagined that Peeta would go through what he did in this book. I figured he would be tortured by the Capitol, but to the extent that he was was heartbreaking. Who would have thought Peeta would be brainwashed to kill Katniss? I figured he would be tortured and have the physical and emotional scars, but not turn into what he did.

Finnick: I think Finnick’s death deserved way more attention than it did. I obviously would rather he not die, but the author dedicated all of a few sentences to his death. Again, I realize there is a lot to fit in, but he was such an integral part of the story I thought he deserved a little bit more than what he got.

Effie: Why was she even mentioned in this book at all?? She shows up in the last few pages, says she’s going to arrange the schedule, and that’s it. I wish that she wasn’t even mentioned at all – too incomplete of a story.

All in all, this was definitely a tragic ending to a great series. Like I said, I will be re-reading all three books to see if any of my opinions change. I can’t wait to see what everyone else thinks!!

  4 Responses to “Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins”

  1. You’re right. You and I do have a lot of the same feelings.

    I want to reread the whole series, too. Rereading HP made me like Deathly Hallows more. Hoping this does the same.

  2. I wrote a huge long spoilery post and it sort of addresses some of the things you had issues with, like Finnick’s death being so undramatic, which I thought she did on purpose. I love that she explores so much the effects of war on people, and now it’s messy and unglorious. While I do love Harry Potter, the sweeping epic-ness of the final battle buys into the whole glorious conflict idea, which isn’t true at best and dangerous at worst. I liked the way this war concluded better.

  3. I feel the same as you—so nice to read a review where someone isn’t just mindlessly gushing about this book!

    I don’t think I’ll be rereading this one, just because I don’t care to take any more of that darkness inside of myself. The whole book felt so bleak and depressing—the way Katniss just gets sent back to live in 12—she is totally broken. And I didn’t even get the sense she really loved her children!

  4. I definitely agree with a lot of this…especially the whole Gale thing. That was way too much of a bummer.

    Nice review :D

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