Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Title: Mockingjay 
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy 
Book #: Three
Published: 2010

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. (taken from goodreads.com)

I don’t even know where to begin with this review. After I finished this novel, I sat there in frozen shock. I have never, ever read a book as dark and thought-provoking as this one. I know that the plot and characters are going to keep me up at night for a while.

While Katniss may be only seventeen, she has the mind of an adult. She’s seen horrific things and was forced to grow up in a matter of months. Seeing as the novel is in first person and told from Katniss’ point of view, I was subjected to her worst fears and nightmares. Katniss is a very different person from the girl that took her sister’s place in the barbaric Hunger Games during the first novel. She’s strong and determined, but deep down she’s also broken and lost. From the start of the series, I’d always admired her strength and passion.

I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but I will say there is a lot of death. I was holding back tears at quite a few parts. I found myself shaking the book and telling myself, “No, that’s not right. They can’t be dead.” The violence and bloodshed is intense, as are the psychologically disturbing scenes. It’s for those reasons that I wouldn’t recommend this one to anyone under the age of fourteen.

The ending to this incredible series was very abrupt. It didn’t go where I expected it to, but I think I’m pleased with the result. To be honest, I can’t quite make up my mind. Sometimes I think it ended as well as it could have after the characters had been through so much pain. Other times I wonder if that’s really how I wanted it to end. Either way, it didn’t leave me hanging.

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire both captivated me. This riveting conclusion will leave you thinking about it long after you finish the book. I gave Mockingjay five hearts, but I didn’t award five hearts because I loved it. I awarded the book five hearts because I was so impressed with Collins’ ability to evoke sympathy for the characters and bring a world of fire and passion to life. 

All in all, I’d recommend this one to anyone that loved the first two books, but I’d say that it comes with a warning: be ready to walk around in a daze after finishing. 

1 comment:

Becky said...

If I didn't know better I would say you stole these thoughts from my brain. XD Seriously though - I completely agree with everything you just said. Great review :)