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(Warning: Review may contain spoilers!)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the third and final installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The book begins with Katniss Everdeen looking at what remains of what once was District Twelve, her home. By the end of Catching Fire, the second book, it is known that Katniss's fellow tributes, as well as Haymitch and the new Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, has been planning to pull Katniss out of the Quarter Quell arena and striking up an already burning rebellion. Peeta is captured by the Capitol. District Thirteen actually exists and its citizens have been functioning in an underground facility after all these years. A war against the Capitol is emerging, and Katniss agrees to be the face of the rebellion, to be the Mockingjay.
The plot is just overall genius. Suzanne Collins is one erudite author. The structure is well-constructed and just so full of dynamic scenes that will make you feel as though you have to establish a mighty grip on it before that specific moment passes. Collins has amazed me with Catching Fire . . . Mockingjay is not a disappointment.
One of the couple of things that I really like about this book is Haymitch's character. For the first two books, he has been operating and/or deciding important conclusions while under the influence. Liquor, it seems, is the fuel that keeps the gears of his brain functioning. But in Mockingjay, Haymitch has been deprived due to District Thirteen's strict rules. He's been in the magical land of sobriety for almost the entire book, and I feel like I finally know who he is. He is sarcastic, comical, sharp-witted, and determined to keep Katniss and Peeta alive. He lost his loved ones two weeks after winning his Quarter Quell, and he has not had anyone since, so the aforementioned pair had become his family--his children. I like that I finally understand who Haymitch is sans alcohol.
The other thing that I adore about the book is Prim's cat, Buttercup. I like him because after all that is happening with the rebellion, the cat provides a light element to the book. It is genuinely heartwarming to read about Katniss sort of loosening up whenever the cat's around. She's constantly minding about what is wrong, what is negative, but when Buttercup's around, her brain is wrapped around her hatred for the cat. Her mind is off somewhere else, which yields her the break that she certainly need.
Mockingjay is honestly a hard book for me to read. I had a hard time going through the story--not that it's terrible, it's beyond amazing actually--but it's partly because I'm aware that the trilogy is ending. I know that by the time I reach the last page, that's the end of the story of the star-crossed lovers that I have grown emotionally attached to the past several days. It is a hard read because the book is all about a rebellion. It is emotionally and somewhat psychologically heavy. Mockingjay is a restless book, literally. There is action within every page. It is so fast-paced that I feel like my mind doesn't have any time to catch up with every happenings in the book. It is immensely action-packed that it seems as though you have to have the same level of endurance as the novel in order to successfully fly through it in one sitting.
Notwithstanding all the great things that I like about Collins's book, there is one thing that I did not like: Finnick Odair's death. I did not enjoy how it came so suddenly. Like, Collins wanted to reduce the number of people involved in a scene, so she resolves it by killing off characters.
Overall, Mockingjay is a great wrap-up of The Hunger Games trilogy. It is an intensely suspenseful novel that, as cliché as it sounds, has kept me on the edge of my seat.
This was a great end to a great trilogy. Very well told story. I know most people didn't like this one but I don't thing it could've ended better I felt like the first two every to similar to each other but in the last one I think katniss' character came to life I got to see more of who she is. There was some parts of the end that I didn't like but those parts are only parts a heartless person could like. I wished the book could've been longer but all in all I really enjoyed this book.
Really exciting and fascinating plot. The characters had a lot of depth, as they have in the first two books. Katniss was a little annoying, trying to decide which boy she loved, but hey - she's human just like you and me! She was an incredibly real character, and pretty funny, too. Lots of action that made my heart rate go up at times and always keep turning the pages!
I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the first two. While some people felt that the ending was rushed, I felt that it went at the perfect pace, to make it go quicker or slower would have been to remove important pieces. You had to feel what Katniss was going through and really understand it before you could move on. The misery and despair that she felt, even at the end, were necessary given the full horror of the underlying motives within the story. To remove them or give her a happier ending would have been to kill what made the story as fascinating and terrifying as it had become. Wonderful book. Wonderful series.
almost all of the questions from the first 2 books have answered and the ending couldn't be better.(Spoiler Alert) district thirteen is reveiled, but is it the utopia it seems to be. what happened to peeta.find out along with what happens to prim and snow in last last and most exciting book
Mockingjay is such an amazing finale, I just can't believe good it is. I was blown away by how good the writing, characters and the plot was. It was one of my most favorite books ever.
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.
I just wish there was another book coming out after this stunning trilogy that I will forever remember.
Just wanted to spend a few words about how amazing was this book, the entire series, actually. My words will never be up to the wonderful literary skills of Suzanne Collins so I couldn't neither imagine to be able to write a review. Anyway there was anything I could have said to despise the book, I loved it in every single aspect.
This was the perfect finale for the best trilogy I've ever read, breathtaking, intense, moving, so damn PERFECT! There are so many points of the book that made me cry like a little girl, seriously, I was having an emotional breakdown while I was reading the Mockingjay! And what about the terrible sense of a gap in you heart when you finished it? It's irreparable, and I think I will never find a series which caught me like this one.
The Hunger Games will always occupy a special place in my heart.
Thanks Suzanne Collins for writing such an amazing trilogy!