Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne CollinsTitle: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins (Website)
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, YA
Pages: 400
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover
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Against all odds, Katniss 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. The Capitol is afraid that all the Districts will turn against them. But they are not going to let that happen, so they made an example of District 12 and destroyed it leaving it in the dust. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss Everdeen. 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.... Summary from Dust Jacket

Just like its predecessors, I couldn’t put Mockingjay down. (I was forced to at a couple of points, even though I didn’t want to.) It has also earned a spot on my Favorites shelf.

I can’t believe I know the outcome of this series. I feel like I’ve been waiting for so long and to have it over feels kind of surreal. I’m glad I was able to savor my first read through of the story, even though I did know about a few spoilers.

I do have a lot of mixed feelings about Mockingjay. I’m happy, sad, and a little disappointed. Yet, I’m actually quite satisfied with how the series ended. There are a few things I wish would’ve happened differently, mostly because I just didn’t want them to happen because it was too sad. I’m very glad I got to enjoy more time with some of the minor characters in the first two books. But, I also missed the interaction between a couple of the major characters, even though it was pertinent to the story. The ending felt a bit rushed to me because I wanted to experience the aftermath in more than just a few pages or paragraphs.

Mockingjay felt different from its predecessors. It wasn’t necessarily a bad different; it was just different and it took some getting used to. The story is still an emotional roller coaster like its predecessors, and it’s very intense. I savored the beauty and sweetness when it was there because of the brutality of the subject matter. I expected to cry more than I did, but I only cried at one point during the story.  Overall, I’m very happy and I look forward to reading more books written by Suzanne Collins.

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Comments

  1. says

    I totally felt the same way. How can you not like it, but the subject matter makes you feel horrible for liking it. It would have been nice to have a couple more ending pages.

  2. says

    It’s kind of like reading books regarding the Holocaust. They fascinate me, but I have a hard time explaining that to people because it’s almost like I’m saying that I love the Holocaust.

  3. says

    THANK YOU so much for not spoiling this book for me! I was at my mother-in-laws house the other day and she started talking about it and wouldn’t stop! I had to leave the room just so she wouldn’t spoil it for me!

  4. says

    Jenifer – No problem. I don’t like to post spoilers, so I try to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible. If I do add a spoiler, then I always mention it so people can stop reading.

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