Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Title: Mockingjay
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Author: Suzanne Collins
Pages: 390
Publisher: Scholastic Press (Scholastic, Inc.)
Pub. Date: August 24, 2010


I pre-ordered this book and had it sent to me right when it came out. I then read over 100 pages, set it down to read some review books, and didn't return to it for almost a year and a half...  LOL! I didn't realize it had been so long. I haven't been as crazy about The Hunger Games trilogy as most of the universe, but I did enjoy them and really liked Catching Fire much more than The Hunger Games. And as most of you know, Catching Fire ends abruptly. Well, Mockingjay picks up right where the former leaves off. I think the fantastic looking previews of the movie version of The Hunger Games got me back into the mindset, but it was ultimately my sister reading this and my want of book discussion with her that finally motivated me to pick this back up.

For the one or two of you who don't know, Mockingjay, the final portion of the trilogy, is about the rebellion against the capitol and their use of Katniss as their representative. They create propaganda to rally supporters and antagonize the capitol. I can't really tell you what is going on with her love interests, Peeta and Gale, without giving away Catching Fire for the same one or two who has yet to read it, but Katniss is still somewhat torn between the two. (There is a conclusion to this though!)

I'm not sure why, but I still trudged through the first half of this book. It interested me but not to the extent that I expected so my reading of it was much slower than I anticipated. It eventually picked up for me, but I was surprised by the amount of sadness in this one. I mean, The Hunger Games, in general, are a pretty crazy premise, but I felt this one was really serious and a sort of sobering conclusion to the story. The last quarter of the book did have some crazy plot points that surprised me.

Really, for anyone reading the series, Mockingjay is a must read. I mean, not reading it is like just not reading the last third of any random book. But I think my favorite of the series was Catching Fire. I felt a little too somber, I think, while reading this one (and I am not in the camp of those who liked the ending!)

6 comments:

Zibilee said...

I really didn't like this book. I loved the first, and liked the second, but this book was just the pits for me. My husband and I listened on audio, and whenever he tried to put this one on, I would get angry and pout. I kept asking him if he had to listen, and he said we did. I was not happy. There was much whining involved. I think this series as a whole didn't deliver on the promise of the first book, which I loved a lot. I also though that this book was a lot more violent than the first two, which is saying a lot!

Mrs Q Book Addict said...

I really want to reread Mockingjay. I recently reread The Hunger Games, and I wasa surprised that I remembered certain details differently.

Tameka said...

Catching Fire was definitely my favorite of the series, but I still really loved Mockingjay. It was shocking, sad, and full of disappointment and heartache but I feel like that was kind of the point. I do understand about feeling somber while reading it, I definitely felt melancholy when I read it and for days after I finished!

Ti said...

I enjoyed the series as a whole. It's fun to talk about a fun series like this one with others, so for that reason, I read it. But I really hated this last book! It seemed like such a cop-out to me. As if she rushed to to get it out there.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I agree with you and the other commenters - I liked this one least, and probably Catching Fire most. But I also agree with you that it is a book one has to read if one has been following the series!

Jenners said...

I thought the series got progressively weaker as it went along. I could understand leaving it unread. Still, once you read the first one, you're pretty much stuck going all the way!

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