19 Mar

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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 plains – 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.

4 Stars

I’m going to try really hard to keep the spoilers out, but I’m going to assume you’ve read the first two books.

The Good:

I liked getting to know Prim a little better, afterall, Katniss was ready to sacrifice herself for her. I also liked that the love triangle ended with nothing left hanging and minimal angst. By the end, Katniss couldn’t have ended up with anyone else. Collins continues to show her firm grasp on fallen humanity. The ending was good, if not completely satisfying: a reminder that you can’t just walk away from everything they all went through and live happily-ever-after.

The Not So Good:

This book definitely has a different pace than the last two, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, I felt the beginning dragged a little. I also didn’t think the death of a certain character at the end brought very much pathos and some of the other deaths happened so fast, there wasn’t time to grieve over them. Of course that may have been intentional since the characters didn’t have the time either.


Posted by on March 19, 2012 in 4 Stars, Reviews


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2 responses to “Mockingjay

  1. Josh Tuttle (@joshtuttle)

    March 20, 2012 at 2:58 am

    What did you think of Katniss’ vote near the end? That’s the part of the series I struggled the most with reconciling… Did you think it was a reversal for her character, was she driven by the need for revenge, or was something else going on?

  2. unfinishedtales

    March 20, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Yeah, I had issues with that too. Well, I guess there’s a couple options, but my one interpretation may be reading too much into it 🙂

    Option 1: Katniss has seen so many horrible things, lost so many people (including the one person she got into the whole mess for), and isn’t quite mentally stable. She may have meant what she said, she wants to see them suffer. (Which can be sympathized with if not agreed with.)

    Option 2: (Now, it’s been a while since I read this book, so I’d have to reread to see if this is even an option.) Collins does a lot with appearance vs. reality (Peeta’s character vs. his ability to manipulate an audience, the romance sham, the roses, real or not real, etc.). So maybe it’s Collins pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes (including her readers’) one more time. So why would she do that? Well, (and this is where I’d have to reread), does Katniss pretty much know or is she at least considering her final actions? If so, she’s already a little unstable, how much would it take for Coin to take her out of the execution? She may need to appear willing to go along with Coin for her to trust her one last time. I don’t know, I’m probably pulling an English major and reading too much into that. Unfortunately, Collins doesn’t allow us into Katniss’s thoughts at that particular juncture.

    (Sorry, that was really long, lol)


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