Book Review: Mockingjay *SPOILERS*

Mockingjay

Suzanne Collins

Scholastic Press

400 pages

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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I purchased this book from a local bookseller.

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8 Responses

  1. I don’t know if she held Gale accountable so much as found that the way he thought just could never match the way she thought. His thinking contributed too much to her sister’s death – and the fact that he didn’t even come visit her didn’t help. The way that was concluded was really weird, though. I thought her decision was the right one but Gale’s part in her life could have been better concluded.

  2. I agree that her reasoning for kicking Gale out of her life was rather lame as presented. The subtext that Meghan mentioned is a better explanation, but could have been better handled.

  3. I’m with everyone here — I don’t like the way Gale was changed and dismissed. And I didn’t like the epilogue either.

  4. I, too, agree about her unfair treatment of Gale. She can forgive Peeta for choking her, but not Gale for an idea??

  5. Most people didn’t like the epilogue, but I really enjoyed what she did with it. I think she made several really good points in there.

    And I guess I didn’t see the treatment of Gale unfair, because it wasn’t really the fact that his bomb killed Prim. It was more – he’d become such a bloodthirsty, “the ends justify the means” person. He came up with the concept behind that bomb, which she disapproved of right from the first time she heard of it, and yet, he went ahead and designed it, not caring who got hurt by it. Thinking like the enemy. Katniss had had enough of the enemy, and that included Gale.

  6. well personally, I have a completely different opinion of the book from you. I think this couldve been better but that’s me. I found it rather depressing through most of it, especially after peeta tried to kill katniss as a result of the hijacking. I personally thought the end and epilogue were the best way to end the book.

  7. […] Reviews by Lola – “I HATED the epilogue . . . 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.” […]

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