Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review: Mockingjay

About the Book
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian
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 plans--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 Mockingjay
Out of all the horrible things that happened in this series, I would have to say Mockingjay took the cake. I knew with the darkness that surrounded the last two books, the final book was not going to be easy or full of sunshine and rainbows. Even with all the tragic events, Suzanne Collins still makes it another addicting read. There is a certain realism in all the darkness and loss, in a war, not everyone is going to survive unscathed. 

Katniss has escaped to District 13, but she is more broken than ever before. Peeta is in the hands of the Capital. To everyone in charge she is just a pawn in a war she never wanted to fight. Even treated as just a symbol, Katniss’s instincts are usually better than the Politicians who are running the rebellion. Katniss in Mockingjay is a realistic portrayal of someone who is suffering with PTSD from the events of the previous Hunger Games.  Those elements made this book seem more realistic and sadly direr. 

I loved the Hunger Games series and I am glad I finally finished it. I know that I cried while reading each book, but Mockingjay was in its own league of making me cry. I am sure, when I get to see the movies, I will cry all over again. I know that I am late to the game on this series, but it is truly well done. It is a book that I am sure will continue to be popular for many years. 

For those who have not started this series or have only watched the movies, I highly recommend reading this series. Even though the movies are very well done, the books have so much more to them that just does not fit into a movie format. It is defiantly worth your time. 

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