‘Mockingjay’ Review

Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*No spoilers (I hope)*

Wow. What do I say?

The third and last book in the series. I worried it wouldn’t be able to stand up to the last two. I worried that it wouldn’t match because the first two were set in the arena, and I couldn’t see a way of it working this time around.

But, Suzanne pulled it off. She created more impossible situations and played with your emotions as she took our favourite characters through mazes and war zones. Never have I read a love triangle book where I couldn’t decide who I was rooting for. Never.

Gale and Peeta both have their good points and bad. Peeta, however, wasn’t much of a strong contender in this book. But considering Gale wasn’t in the last one, it was about time Gale had his time to shine.

Suzanne took bold moves in order to really put her characters through the worst. She took lives away from us that had me almost in tears. But in the end, it all felt necessary. It didn’t feel like mindless killings.

And one other thing I love about this series is that the author isn’t afraid to kill main characters. Or not afraid to have us love someone, only to take them away. Unlike Twilight, where everyone survives and everyone has a happy ending, The Hunger Games deals with loss and sacrifice. All Katniss does is sacrifice.

I do have some negatives about this last book. Not too many though, and really, no book can ever be perfect (not to me anyway).

Firstly, too many names were mentioned, often similar sounding to ones before. It confused me, and then often, they were never mentioned again. So all that confusion was for nothing.

Peeta’s recovery at the end wasn’t explained, nor really smoothed in. It wasn’t questioned either. From going from such a bad extreme to the other…I didn’t get it.

The book also spent more time in Katnisses fragile mind than in the heart of the story. In a lot of instances, big chunks of the storyline were skipped or briefly explained rather than the action, which I’m so used to in HG, delved into.

But I really did enjoy this book. Katniss and the cat at the end had me in tears. Amazing series. One that will stick in my head for years to come. A series with such strong and realisitc characters. And a riverting storyline.

Bravo, Suzanne, bravo.

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6 thoughts on “‘Mockingjay’ Review

  1. Nice review, Chanelle! I agree with you almost entirely. The book wasn't perfect, but I'm not sure how you can succinctly wrap up such a sprawling story.

    I wasn't entirely happy with Peeta or Gale's characters (their choices, actions, etc.). I also felt there was too much time spent in Katniss' head.

    That being said, I think the last 2-3 chapters and the epilogue were handled as expertly as I've ever read in a series. Overall, I'm 100% satisfied (as a reader).

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. The scene with Buttercup at the end brought me to tears. I don't usually cry at books, but this scene was so sad that it made me cry.

    The attack on the Capitol seemed to lag a lot for me, and the sequence of events had me confused at a few points. That's really the only negative I could find about the book. Maybe Peeta's recovery is a bit too abrupt. I loved how Suzanne Collins wrapped everything up in the final chapters. Katniss learns who the real enemies are, and she puts aside her grudges against her mother, Buttercup, and Haymitch. I wasn't really expecting her to end up with Peeta, but I can completely understand why. I knew from the minute the bombs were dropped in chapter 24 that she could never be with Gale. Until that scene, I didn't know who she was going to end up with. I'm a bit tired of love triangles, but I enjoyed every moment of this one.

    I pretty much agree with everything you said. Brilliant series, it's one I'd read again and again.

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  3. I think it was only right Katniss be a little fragile after what she had gone through. But something I loved about the HG series was the action and I felt a lot of it was rushed or skipped in this book in favour of discussing Katnisses mental state.

    I wish we'd have seen the rescue 🙂

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  4. I love this series. I was upset when it came out and people were saying that the series was ruined for them because of Mockingjay. I think that this third book was so huge because there were so many loose ends to tie up. I mean, Collins had to resolve the destruction of Panem, Pres. Snow, District 13, the relationship between Katniss and Peeta, the relationship between Katniss and Gale, and deal with Katniss's emotional state enough so that when we got to the end, we could leave her off. That's a lot!

    I think that Collins is infinitely more wise than I'll ever be. I loved that she killed off characters whose deaths killed me. Love that. So bold. So realistic. I love that she surprised me so much. I didn't see a lot of the events coming. I love that in a book!

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  5. I agree with this review so freakin' much! XD Sorry if I'm being too enthusiastic, but everyone at school i've talked to didn't like the third book, and I'm just like “DUDE IT WAS AWESOME!!!!”

    ANYhoo…*ahem* -looks around discreetly-

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