I had no intention originally of buying Mockingjay. Once that flew out the window, I had no intention of putting everything aside to read it, thinking maybe I would get to it in the next few weeks. Obviously all the hoopla surrounding this final book in The Hunger Games trilogy got to me, because I pretty much spent all day Saturday reading Mockingjay. And it felt good.
Katniss is back and she is the center of a big rebellion brewing in District 13. She is still recovering from the quarter quell and the injuries she sustained, both mental and physical. Peeta, meanwhile, was not rescued by District 13 and he is being held prisoner in the Capitol. Gale is still by Katniss’s side, as are her mother and Prim. And let’s not forget one of my favorites, Haymitch!
Life in District 13 isn’t easy but it’s a respite from the games and District 12. Katniss quickly becomes enveloped in the rebellion launched against the Capitol by District 13 and she is known as the “Mockingjay”. She is very active in the rebellion and she travels frequently to the other districts to lend support. In the end, Katniss even joins the war, at which point the action becomes all encompassing!
Hopefully my meager review is sufficient. It is always difficult to write reviews for books that are so popular and elicit such strong reactions. I am happy now to move on to mentioning my main thoughts on Mockingjay.
-I had held out hope throughout the book that Mockingjay would not, in fact, be the final book in this series. Sadly, that seems to be the case, at least from this particular angle.
-I HATED the epilogue. It seemed completely unnecessary and was a major disservice to the quality of this series on a whole. With the exception of the epilogue, this book, as well as the other two, were so raw and gritty, but the epilogue seemed like it was trying to explain everything away. It was a horrible note on which to end not just the book, but also the series.
-I have been pretty vocal about my antipathy towards the love triangle between Peeta, Gale and Katniss. I was still struggling to choose between Peeta and Gale throughout Mockingjay, and I am not sure why I am not totally happy with Katniss’s choice because I have no issue with Peeta. Maybe the problem is I think her rejection of Gale was completely unfair! I understand how tormented she was by Prim’s death, but I just don’t understand how she can hold Gale accountable.
As far as the three books, I think this may actually have been my favorite. I felt the most invested in this one, and the other characters took on a more personal role as well. I was audibly upset when Finnick died, much to my husband’s amusement. If you’re a fan of the series, you obviously can’t miss this one!
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