Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Obtained: borrowed from library
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: hardback
Rating: 4/5
Read for: Amazon Best of 2010 challenge

Blurb (from book flap)

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale 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 Thoughts

It’s really hard to talk about this series without doing a lot of spoilers, but I’m going to try.
By the time I got to Mockingjay, I wanted the series to go on forever. I couldn’t stop reading, and although sometimes Katniss’s veering off subject to talk about the past with her father was a little distracting, even after reading two other books in which she does the same thing, it wasn’t enough for me to not want to read.
The reason I loved Mockingjay so much was because it was like yet another round of Games, only without the Games committee, and all the fanfare. And while I was intrigued with was was happening to District 13, especially since Katniss can’t help but meddle, even though she really shouldn’t get involved and is told such.
I think that’s the reason I like Katniss so much; she can’t help but stick her nose in other people’s business, and it made her the perfect spokesperson. I have a hard time imagining this whole series from, say, Peeta’s point of view, because Katniss is just out there, and she’s outspoken, doing things she knows she could get in trouble for and doing them anyway. And it’s not just in the third book that she starts doing this, but from the very beginning of The Hunger Games, out hunting with Gale.
There’s a lot of hype over these books, and rightly so. I was disappointed to see it end, but at the same time I’m glad that I finally got around to reading the series.


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