Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Book Review: Mockingjay *Spoiler Free*


Title: Mockingjay

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Pages: 390

Summary: 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.

Overall: 5+ stars



I’ve been staring at my computer screen for a good twenty minutes wondering how I was going to review this book. I still don’t know how, but here’s my best shot.

Mockingjay has been the most highly anticipated book of the year and did it live up to its hype? Well, it sure put me through an emotional roller coaster. One moment I was up and then down and sometimes even doing upside down. It definitely hyped me up!

With respects to the author, who does not want us the readers to give away the big moments in the book, my review will be limited in detail and more focus on how the book made me feel.

Right now the world of Panem is going through war and the one that everyone wants to help stop it? Katniss. We go on the journey of a wild adventure with Katniss in hope of ending the battle between the distracts and the Capitol. One thing that I highly noticed in the book was that Katniss’ voice felt more developed, more mature. Compared to the first book, which I felt was a lot easier to follow, Mockingjay introduces us to a different girl than the one we meant who took her sister’s spot in the Hunger Games. She’s been through a lot more, she’s seen a lot more things and Mockingjay just keeps on bringing it on.

We see a lot more of the characters that were introduced earlier in the books. Minor characters become major ones and there are some new people we meet along the way. This book has all the things we were expecting and more: fighting, love, death, survival, defeat, heartache, tears, blood, and finally, the outcome of it all.

I was frustrated with the book when I was finished. I was emotionally drained and crying frustrated tears and kept on questioning whether or not I liked how everything turned out. And then I realized this is a book about war, about people losing and people gaining and this was not meant for me to fully enjoy but to get the message that Collins was trying to send to the world and I believe I got it.

This book is all mental. It tests what you think is right and wrong and how you can envision a world like this. It lets out a message that hangs about the heads of society today that we all don’t want to ask. Could this be us one day?

It’s possible and I believe that Collins made it clear what could drive a country to do this and how it could happen and I believe I got the message she was sending out. It’s a powerful message and this book really set in stone what it would be like if I was born in the early 1900’s; having to go through major life changing wars and then watching as society built itself back up again.

In the end, this book let me see the world in a new way. Let me questioned what I believed. I always say that if a book can get me to think it accomplished its goal. This was a wonderful series and one that will probably always stick with me. I tip my hat off to Ms. Collins because this was a truly brilliant book.



Lauren said...

That was such a beautiful review.
I cannot wait till I get my hands on this :)

Ekta said...

I was frustrated just like you when I finished. In fact, I still don't know how I fully feel about the book. But, you're right to say that Collins was trying to get a message across and I'm taking that in mind. I'm still not sure though, maybe if I read a few more reviews I would be able to make up my mind. The whole ordeal about who she ended up with was resolved but I expected it to be much more dramatic. I can't say I was surprised who she ended up with; in my heart I always knew she would choose him.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful review.

The books are very frightening and thoughtful...makes me worry that it will happen.

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