Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

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Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

"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 plains--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."


My review of this book is probably going to differ from many of you who do read it, so please don’t let my opinion stop you from reading it. It is a MUST read if you have read both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire as it winds up everything that the previous two leaves you wondering about. However bad I thought it was, I could not possibly recommend to skip reading this book as there has to be an end to this seemingly epic trilogy.

First of all, if you thought the first two books were violent, they don’t compare to what’s in this one!

Secondly, the Katniss-Peeta-Gale love triangle does not end the way that you were led to believe it would. The result may have been predictable, but I felt that it lacked emotion and definitely lacked confrontation. This was the same for a few other key scenes in the book. There was so much unused potential!

Finally, it was frustrating to read through how the character of Katniss had been affected by all the traumatic events that she had been through in the previous books. She had lost a lot of features of her personality that made her the person that everyone grew to know and love. She is seen, more often than not, than no more as a puppet, as she seems too empty and traumatised to feel or think much at all for herself.

Like I said before, this is completely my personal opinion of this book. This opinion is one of the minority, as I have found that most people absolutely loved it.  What let me down was that for such an epic story, with so much fight and passion, came to such a depressing and apathetic end. Whether the film adaptation will be able to redeem it for me will be interesting for sure!

> This guest blog post was written by *Nicole* ! Look out for more of my reviews to come! <

Claire Blennerhassett

Reader, Blogger

Twenty-something | book-blogger | tea-drinker | procrastinator | wannabe-writer | student

1 comment:

  1. I started Mockingjay when it was released, but I didn't get past page 100. I don't know what put me off, probably Katniss being so depressed and pushed around. And there was too much military mumbo-jumbo. Somehow it's out of tune with the previous books. I'm still going to read it some time soon, but like you, I'm also in the minority that's not too crazy about it :)


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