Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

June 25, 2011 Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne CollinsTitle: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Published by: Scholastic Press on August 24, 2010
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
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four-half-stars

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.

Also in this series: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire
Also by this author: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire

The 3rd book in The Hunger Games trilogy. This book is like a frenzy of action, characters, excitement, sorrow, and mystery. The underlying question is “Who is really the bad guy in all of this?” and Katniss has to discover that on her own because she is the ultimate symbol of this revolution and when you finally see Katniss transform from this simple, clueless girl to a shell of a person and then to a mature and capable adult who has faced some difficult times in her life that have changed her forever, yet is still able to go on and live a full life, albeit a bit damaged.

This book was so heart-wrenching as there were quite a few deaths, some quite surprising and I honestly had to reread those parts of it to really believe that they died, I guess because I really didn’t want them to. The battles between District 13 and The Capitol was very well written and you can get a strong sense of the pain and devastation that comes with war. There is a sense of sadness throughout the whole book and I liked how Collins took something so real and tragic as war and politics and placed it intricately in this dystopian world for people who wouldn’t ordinarily think about these things.

I wasn’t surprised who Katniss chose to be with in the end and it was a bit downplayed and quiet, especially after all the action and tragedy but I really loved the Epilogue. Seeing their future was very heartwarming and I loved that Collins closed with that. I’m glad she didn’t end the story in a “happy ending” kind of way and gave it a more real feeling that it deserved. This was a great ending to an amazing series.

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