Thursday, August 26, 2010

Review of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3) ***THE FOLLOWING SUMMARY AND REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE HUNGER GAMES AND CATCHING FIRE***

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen 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. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. 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.


If I had to give Mockingjay an award, I would call it The Delivery Award, because that is precisely what this book does. While I’m no expert on the subject, I’m ninety percent certain that Mockingjay is one of the most anticipated young adult novels of 2010. Friends, I have not been disappointed. Collins is a gifted writer, and while this trilogy has come to a close, I don’t think it will go forgotten and unread anytime soon.

I remember reading Catching Fire and being amazed by how carefully it was plotted out, and how Collins seemed to weave every detail together. In this respect, Mockingjay blew me out of the water. Rest assured that it is not an easy book to read. I left feeling that Collins had not only done an excellent job of researching the topics she writes about, but did a fantastic job of applying them to her characters and the nation they live in. There were several points where I felt goosebumps or froze in my set as the action on the page unfolded before me and as I turned the final pages, Collins had tears formulating in my eyes. While there is a lot of action, this is also a very psychological, intense and honest story. This aspect reminded me of nothing I’d read before, and I applaud Collins for dealing with it so frankly.

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to teams, I’m not a particularly reliable person to have around, because I am incredibly indecisive. Collins had me waffling throughout the entire novel, not entirely sure which side to be on. I was constantly asking myself that the same questions as the characters, which I loved doing. Yet by the end, she had me convinced that the outcome was perfect and what I wanted for the characters, not to mention back on my original team.

Collins kept me glued to the story while still providing the closure I sought as a reader. Reading this novel has been an emotional roller coaster, and the characters feel as alive as ever to me. I know, having already heard that some people have been let down, that not every reader will agree with Collins’s choices as much as I did. Mockingjay is a book that will leave me thinking for a considerable amount of time to come, and I look forward to seeing the discussions it brings about.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.

4 comments:

  1. Great review! I agree, there were some very intense psychological issues in this one - definitely the darkest of the three. And it also really made me think even after I was done reading it! Now I'm just feeling a little let down that it was the last one :(

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  2. Liked this one, but was pretty disappointed. Glad that you liked it.

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  3. Great review! I have mixed feelings over Mockingjay.

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  4. I have to say I found the third disappointing. It's no where near as good as the first two. It reminded me of the dreary "in the tent" chapters of Harry Potter 7.

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