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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

"Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding."-GoodReads.

Hardcover, 398 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Scholastic Press

***This is a spoiler free review. So please no posting spoilers in the comments. If you would like to discuss more about it or gush about what happened DM me on Twitter, GoodReads, or email me.***

I have been trying to think, for a couple days now, how to convey just how I felt about this book. I started off a bit worried on where it was going to go. If it was going to be a cop out or if it was going to really feel finished and like that was were the story was supposed to go. There were a few things that I didn't like, things that I wished didn't happen, but that was to be expected. I'm a "live happily ever after" kind of girl, and these are just not those kind of stories. But when I finished it and put the book down, I was very happy and content with it (except for one thing). 

Mockingjay is dark and full of raw emotion, showing just how much violence and war can change even the meekest of people into something entirely different. Katniss is battling with herself trying to figure out if she is strong enough to be the Mockingjay that the people around her want and need her to be. But she has ignited such a fire of hope and rebellion that it's nearly impossible for her to say no, even if she wanted to. And along with fighting a war and trying to save everyone she loves, she is having to figure out who she can and cannot trust, which is a lot harder then it sounds.
The action is non-stop. It is literally just go go go. And as if that was not enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, the twists certainly will. It was always amazing how Collins just keeps you guessing through the whole book.

At times I was nervous, frustrated, angry, happy, or so sad I was crying, and when something really good happened I'd shout in triumph. Because by this point, I was so attached to some of the characters that I really and truly cared about them and wanted happily ever after for everyone. And when a book is capable of evoking that much emotion, it gets high praise from me.

If you have not read the first two, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, be warned, they are not easy reads. All three are graphic, but all three are amazing and, in many ways, realistic. Realistic in what people will do for power and control. Realistic to what could happen if the wrong people become in control. And realistic to the fight everyone else would have to put up to get their life back. 
So do I think you should read them? Yes. 
I was sad to see it end, but happy that it didn't get pushed too far. They are just stunning stories.


  1. i need to hurry up and read this NOW! ive heard both good and bad things about the final novel in the trilogy... i need to hurry up and read it!! thanks for posting your spoiler free review! i admire you; whenever i read a book i feel strongly about, i cant help but review with spoilers... keep up the good work!


  2. I REALLY need to read this series! Everyone tells me how good it is. Great review!

  3. Really amazing review! I agree, these are not easy reads. Mockingjay especially was very heavy and took a lot out of me. But I couldn't see it ending any other way. I would've been skeptical, I think, if the ending was too cheery.

  4. Hmm, I want to say *bleeps*, but that would be spoilery. I can't say *bleeps* either ;)

    I loved this series and all of the characters. (Cinna and Finnick are two of my favorites.) Collins did a wonderful job writing these books, but the last one didn't live up to my expectations. It was great, don't get me wrong, just not what I expected.

    Great review!

  5. This was a great ending for the series. I was pleasantly surprised that Collins didn't take the cookie-cutter road. I kind of thought it was a bit opposite of your review: the action was a bit stilted and Katniss was not as gung-ho as before. BUT that's my opinion. Great review!


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