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Sunday 29 August 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins *BEWARE*

Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: #3 and Last.
Pages: 400
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publish Date: August 24, 2010.
Rating: .8
Cover Rating:

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 you wish to read this book without knowing what happens in the story go and hide under a rock. Turn off your computer. Do not come out into the light.

Right now though? AVOID THIS POST, it is FULL of spoilers.


I bought this book two days ago. Started it today. Finished reading it today.

I guess what I can say is that I was shocked.

I was shocked with the characters. I was shocked with the twists. So many things I didn't expect to happen, but they still did. One some parts I had to go back just to convince myself that that in fact has just occurred...

Prim dying? Why? When she dies, It's painful. Everything Katniss was fighting for was consumed by flames. Her own essence burned the house down. They won. She lost. And it really pisses me off how much she helped, and how much they screwed her over.

I was mad but that the same time impressed on how the decision of Peeta vs Gale boils down to. I always knew who the victor would be, but, it seems just plain wrong how he came into power. This entire series was never a romance, but you kind of expect it anyways right? I wanted a bit of romance. Also how Gale is portrait at the end of things isn't perfect, and borderlines on wrong, I just wanted him to do something else, anything.

At the end of the day though... it was just right.

Katniss was wonderful. I loved her character in the first two books, and she is still my fav in this one. I loved her insanity. I loved her passion, her determination, her recklessness, her naiveté. You expect some things to just be automatic in books, theere are unwritten rules that some authors follow when concerning with their characters, but Collins is just like her character. Completely disregards the rules, and created some of her own.

The whole story felt right. The deaths, the sorrow, the twists and turns. This book has a bittersweet taste to it, one that many will reject, but some will come to understand.

This story was never a romance. It was never going to have a happy ending in the terms we expected it. It exceeded my expectations really. It was powerful, it was epic, it was strong. In some ways it reminded me of The Deathly Hollows. As with the ending of HP, Mockingjay's entered the big leagues and worked its way to the top.

I loved it.

I wonder if they are going to hold true to the story in the movies. I hope so. It sure will be interesting to see how everything unfolds.


  1. Incredible review. I also did want a romance, even if I did know that the book isn't normally about romance. Katniss is just amazing. She's probably my top fave heroine. And I like how you compared her to Suzanne Collins. :) Loved Mockingjay <3

  2. I know what you mean.
    It was an imperfect end, a human end, and that's why it was so perfect

  3. I just finished last night. Imperfect perfection. I totally agree.

  4. I got Mockingjay the first chance I got, ahich was about 2 hours after it was released on Amazon for the kindle. I read it in about 6 hours and about 4 more times since trying to get my mind around it. To me the ending was abrupt and shocking. It seemed to me the person who invoke 'The Girl on Fire' also extinguished her.

    Overall this book lived up to what I was hoping it would be, but I would have loved to have seen more of the post-trial. Like maybe a less of the heartless demonic Peeta and a little more of the Peeta we all fell in love with but thats just me. ;)


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