Friday, February 11, 2011

Book Review: Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

These are my final thoughts on the Hunger Games trilogy.  (Until some movie news gets me excited again.  It will happen.)

Mockingjay is the last book in the Suzanne Collin's Hunger Games trilogy. 

Book Description (SPOILER Alert)
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 have been mulling over my review of Mockingjay for a while.

On one hand, I want to do the appropriate thing and write my review based on what the book is.  It is well written, captivating, and a good end to a great series.

On the other hand, I want to say I'm disappointed.  I'm disappointed in what I thought the book should be. 

Mockingjay tells of the uprising in the districts and the war against the capitol.  Unfortunately our fierce heroine Katniss has less time in the spotlight, and poor Peeta loses the keen senses he possessed in the previous books.

While the events of Mockingjay didn't play out in the epic manner I envisioned, I was satisfied by the resolution between Katniss and the capitol.  The resolution between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, however, was very passive, unsatisfying, and unbelievable for me.


I give Mockingjay 3 out of 5 stars, but the entire series gets a solid 4 stars and a high recommendation to any reader.

What did you think of Mockingjay? Were you satisfied by the trilogy conclusion?

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4 comments:

  1. Hopping by today to say "hi". I wasn't all that thrilled by the entire Hunger Games trilogy, personally. Didn't seem to live up to its hype.
    The Steel Bookshelf

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  2. Stopping by to say hi and give you this award.

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  3. I was and wasn’t satisfied. I really enjoyed the series and was totally swept up in the plot, but I kept thinking, oh my gosh, a bunch of kids are being forced to kill other kids. I read that Collins modeled the series after the gladiators and the Roman Empire, which I thought that was pretty interesting. The one part I didn’t like was when the districts wanted to force the kids in the capital into a final hunger games. It was defiantly a heavy book that makes you think. Nice review

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  4. Totally agree. I wrote my review right away and I wish I didn't. As I mulled it over after a few days I was so dissapointed. Mockingjay feels like a book from a different series. As a stand alone anti war novel it was ok but not a fitting conclusion to my beloved series.

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