Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

Title: Mockingjay
Series: The Hunger Games (Book 3)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Format: ebook
Pages: 293 pages

My Rating: 4/5

Blurb (from Goodreads):

"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 Kattnis, 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."

My Thoughts:

I thought that this final book in the trilogy was sad yet beautiful. It was sad for me due to certain events in the latter half of the book- there was a lot of damage and destruction and no one emerged unscathed. However, they each had to pick up the broken pieces of their lives and move forward. I thought the ending was beautiful.

This book highlighted important issues like PTSD, greed and the corrupting influence of power. It showed how easily power changed people and could turn the oppressed into oppressors. There were new alliances formed in this book. Katniss felt very lonely for most of the book although she had Gale, Finnick, Haymitch, Boggs (her bodyguard in 13) and even her stylists and camera crew on her side. Much of her loneliness, I believe, stemmed from not having Peeta by her side. Katniss found that she couldn’t really trust the people at the helm of the resistance effort (people such as President Coin, Plutarch and Flavia) adding to her uncertainty and stress in the midst of the turmoil facing the country.

This final instalment in the series was action-packed with a lot of battle scenes and more political power play than in the previous two books. After all the battering that Katniss has taken throughout the series, it never ceases to amaze me how she manages to stay alive and maintain her sanity. Sadly, all the upheaval meant that there was very little romance throughout the book and the changes we witnessed in Peeta just made me sad and very angry that the Capitol was able to taint such a noble soul. Despite knowing how this series ends, I find myself excited for the release of the movie in March and look forward to seeing the excitement of The Hunger Games brought to life.


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