Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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I figured I would start my long list of book reviews with Mockingjay.
Because it's the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy. You won't have to wait months for any of the books to come out, because they're all out.
But still very sad. For all those Hunger Games fans. It was an amazing series.
Sometimes I wish it didn't end.
But it did.
And no way to stop that from happening.
By the way, this may or may not contain spoilers. So, if you haven't read Catching Fire, don't read this review.
But if you don't plan on reading it anyway, I guess it doesn't matter, right?

So, here you go:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
Hardcover, 398 pages.
Last book in the Hunger Games trilogy.


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.

Story: So, it takes place a few weeks after the end of Catching Fire. And if you've read it, you know that it ended with a really BIG cliffhanger. With Gale saying:
"There is no District 12."
Oooooo.... scary, right?
It was one of the best/ worst cliffhangers ever, if you know what I mean.
So, District 12 has been destroyed. And in the beginning of Mockingjay, Katniss is at District 12. To see what had happened to it.
And it's completely destroyed, just like Gale said. Everything if burned down, except for the Victor's Village. About 90% of the people from 12 are dead. The rest were relocated to District 13. Which had survived for 75 years without aid from the Capitol. Not many knew it even existed. Until now, of course.
So, now comes the main part of the story. The reason they saved Katniss from the arena in Catching Fire.
They want her to be the Mockingjay.
To be the face of the Revolution.

Characters: So, Mockingjay is told from Katniss's point of view. Which is good, because I would've thought something was up if it was from Gale's or Peeta's or suddenly her mother's. That would have been weird. And a definite warning sign, in my opinion.
Anyways, that love triangle is still going on. Yay! Who doesn't love a good love triangle? :)
Will Katniss choose Gale? Will she choose Peeta? Or will she choose neither? *Gasp!*
Of course, I know. I've known all along. But I won't tell you. :P
So, Katniss Everdeen is back. And Gale Hawthorne. And Peeta Mellark. And Finnick Odair. And even Johanna Mason. And of course, you have Prim and her mother. You have Haymitch Abernathy. And Plutarch Heavensbee. And President Snow.
Lots of people are back. And lots of new people are introduced.
And I won't lie to you.
A lot of them die.
But, of course, I won't tell you who. :P

My Thoughts:
I loved The Hunger Games. Catching Fire was just as good, if not better.
And Mockingjay went beyond any expectations I had.
And I had very high expectations.
And overall? I loved the series. I loved the idea and the way Suzanne Collins carried it out.
But this is just about Mockingjay.
So, I loved it. It has to be my favorite book in the entire series. Because it was amazing. And the way it ended was totally unexpected.
Unless, of course, you expected it from the beginning. ;)
It was written is amazing detail. I could see everything happening. Which, with books, is a very good thing.
It was dramatic. There was a ton of action. Too many deaths to count. And every time, I almost cried. I'm still trying to figure out how I didn't. I think it was all too shocking. All too unexpected. All too GOOD. I couldn't put it down.
I took me a total of about 6 hours to read it. Spread out throughout the course of two days. Last Thursday and Friday.
So, yes I loved this book. I think it was the perfect sequel to Catching Fire. And an amazing way to end a series.
And I loved it. It had the Perfect Mix: action, suspense, romance, drama, and death.
The death part might sound a little bit harsh, but you have to admit that it is an essential element when writing a book.
It makes the story more interesting. And if you kill a character or two, and people cry, it shows how well you created that character. Pretty good, huh?
So I really recommend this series. To anybody. Young or old or somewhere in the middle.
And it's good for both boys and girls.
It's got everything, and therefore it's for everyone.
Although I would say, if you're under 12, don't read it.
One, you might not fully understand or appreciate it.
Two, it's graphic. Even if it is a book.
So, I hope you take my advice and read the book. I know what I'm talking about 90% of the time.
And FYI, I am right 99.9%. It's a gift.

Special message to Stephanie:

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