Monday, October 11, 2010

Mockingjay (spoiler-free)

Author: Suzanne Collins
Publication Date: August 24th, 2010
Genre: YA Dystopian
Copy provided by: Myself, bought
Summary (via Goodreads):

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.

Why I read this: Do you even have to ask?

Plot: The last of the Hunger Games trilogy did not disappointment me in the least - besides it marking the end of a fantastic trilogy. Full of action and continued dystopian themes, I couldn't put this book down for long. I really like the way Collins wrapped up the series. The book played out in a way that will keep me thinking about the characters and world for a long time.

Characters: The only thing I'm going to say - is someone I love dies and it really broke my heart. I'm also not quite certain that I like the way it ended for the characters, but that's all I'm going to say. I really like the way the characters develop in this book and I hope that many more people will discover this trilogy in the future, because it is an amazing set of books.

Relatability: I liked that it stayed within the realm of dystopian - I was worried it would focus on a different theme too much and that it would lose the feel I so loved about the series. But, it didn't and I'm happy! :)

Cover Commentary: Very fitting for the book. I love the symbolism and I think it will be a trilogy that is later taught as part of an English course curriculum.

Rating: 5/5 Roses

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  1. Great review. I agree with everything you said, especially the character points.

  2. I was really sad about that death too but I would have preferred more romance than dystopian-just my preference. It's better that Collins stayed there though.

  3. I was actually really disappointed in the final installment. I was sooo upset when that one character passed, and I didn't like the way it ended at all. I sort of felt like either there should have been a 4th book, or there needed to be another way to end it....I just didn't feel, I don't know, complete?

  4. I loved it, too! I thought the ending was realistic.

    I totally agree that this series would be awesome taught in high school English classes!! Can you imagine the amazing discussions about war? I found the whole series, but especially Mockingjay, very thought-provoking and ideal for discussion.


  5. I think the Hunger Games would be fabulous to teach in English class (and not quite as depressing as 1984!) I kept thinking about Mockingjay for a couple days after I finished reading it - I really hated what she put one character through in particular, but I'm glad that she didn't shy away from portraying the horrible things that happened. Overall I think the ending worked and the book as a whole was very intense. Like Bookworm1858 though, I would have liked some more romance/relationship development!

  6. I didn't really like how things went along in this book. I think Collins overdid some aspects to the point where they became annoying and unfaithful to the character's personalities, and I think some deaths were useless and not needed. It still stays a good trilogy, though.

  7. I am really glad you liked this. I liked it the least of the three books but still enjoyed it.


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