Monday, August 30, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I'm going to put a spoiler warning in here, just to be safe.

In the third and final book of the Hunger Games series, Katniss doesn't know what to do. She's just been lifted out of the Quarter Quell. She was rescued; Peeta was not. District Thirteen exists; District Twelve has been destroyed. The rebels want Katniss to be the face of the rebellion - they want her to be their Mockingjay. She is reluctant to do it, but determined in her desire to bring down the Capitol.

I picked up my copy of Mockingjay on the release day and had it read before I went to sleep that night. I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Katniss and the other characters, particularly Peeta. I must confess, I identify with "Team Peeta," but not really in a romantic way; it's not that I wanted Katniss to chose him or be with him, he was just the character I found most interesting. I was worried for him at the end of Catching Fire, and he suffers a lot in Mockingjay. At times I had to keep reminding myself that Katniss had grown up in a different world, so sheltered and (although she's seen so many things) naive in many ways. I was often frustrated with her, particularly when she was interacting with Peeta. I wondered what the book would be like once it left the arena, but there was lots of action and moral dilemmas, and heartbreaking deaths. I enjoyed the book and was both happy and sad when it ended, and now that I know the end, it makes me want to go back and relive how Collins got there.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Fire by Kristin Cashore

1 comment:

  1. I was a huge fan of this third book. I really feel like we got a better feel for Katniss as a character. I was slightly more TEam Gale, even though I thought the whole Team whoever argument really took away from the point of the books. By halfway through Mockingjay, it was obvious Katniss couldn't identify with Gale anymore- he became war hungry with no concern for innocent life.

    The last chapter had be bawling like a baby.