Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

mockingjayTitle: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic

Source: Purchased

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4 stars

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. (Source: Goodreads)

Katniss Everdeen has ignited the spark or rebellion across Panem. Following her escape from the 75th Hunger Games Katniss is in District 13, the base of the rebellion, along with the refugees of District 12. The rebels plan to make Katniss their Mockingjay, the face of the rebellion, whether she wants to or not. Katniss, who doesn’t trust the leaders of District 13, must find a way to survive, help those captured by the Capitol survive, and save her family from the war.

This is the final book in the series, which is so sad because the series was so good, and now I’m really sad to see it end. I’m also a little disappointed because this, the third book, is not as strong as the previous books in the series. While Collins continues with the strong emotions and characters of Catching Fire there’s definitely a loss of momentum. This book dragged on for me, there was a lot happening but it certainly didn’t feel like much was happening because Katniss doesn’t really see much action until the very, very, very end of the book, and even that drags on. It was certainly a well written book, a great book, but not as strong as the second book which was definitely the highlight of the whole series.

The rebellion is in full swing in this book. In the previous book we see the beginnings of the rebellion in places like District 8, and District 11, but now the whole of Panem is at war. I think Collins wrote the rebellion well, and what Katniss sees of it is really interesting. Katniss doesn’t really get to fight, because she’s the symbol of the revolution she’s to be protected. This is sort of what causes the dragging, because she’s always watching and not really doing much of anything for most of the book. Of course this totally makes sense though, she needs to be protected because she’s needed, until she isn’t anymore, and that’s when the action begins.

One thing I think is really great is that Collins doesn’t present District 13 in a great light, right off the bat you’re suspicious of them. The thing that’s clear rather early on is, they’re just like the Capitol, only they’re essentially the lesser of two evils. Of course this only becomes more and more pronounced throughout the book. I think this was really amazing because a lot of authors might have just presented them as this perfect solution to the Capitol problem, but Collins creates a more realistic world in which nothing is so easily solved. I really enjoyed the inner conflict this created in Katniss, and also how it changed her relationship to fellow residents of District 12, like Gale and Haymitch.

I liked the character development in this book a lot. Katniss’s relationships with other people become a lot more tense in this book. Gale’s alliance with District 13 creates a tension between them because he becomes increasingly militant while Katniss begins to waver a little and lean towards pacifism a little more. Prim has grown up a lot and no longer needs Katniss the way she used to, instead Katniss really relies on Prim as a healer and as someone to confide in. Katniss’s mother is also much more responsible and begins to care for others, channeling her fear and sadness into something good and helpful to the community. These are all really great developments to the relationships that were kind of…left behind in the previous books. The biggest development was Peeta and Katniss’s relationship. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol and is being used to try and get the rebels to give up. [Spoiler-ish ahead, skip to the next paragraph] This means he’s tortured, and this really changes the dynamic between Katniss and Peeta because he is brainwashed and no longer loves Katniss the way he did before. This really makes the love triangle more interesting because now Katniss has to work for the relationship she wants to keep.

I have to say, as a little aside, Finnick Odair is really great in this book and every moment with him in it was fantastic for me. Finnick really develops into this amazing friend and confidant for Katniss. So yay.

I don’t know that I loved the ending but I think it was appropriately messy. That’s all I’ll say on that, because I don’t want to spoil any more than I already have.

Overall I loved this book. I loved this series and it’s bittersweet to be finished it. This series definitely snuck up on me and burrowed into my heart. I’m kind of glad I waited to read this on my own time so that I could kind of discover it this way and learn to love it on my own. Anyway…it was great.

Ramble on,

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