Sunday, September 18, 2011
Mockingjay Book Review by ChristineMM
Title: Mockingjay (Book 3 in The Hunger Games trilogy)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian Literature
My Star Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Summary Statement: More Serious and Political Than the First Two Books - Wraps Up Nicely - Some May Not Love It
Mockingjay is the third and final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. I loved the first two books and while I love the third book it has a different feel and pace than its predecessors. The story needs to wrap up and we need more backstory and information so this probably can't be helped.
Mockingjay is more serious and more political in that we learn more about the Capitol and how horrid they are, even toward the citizens of the Capitol (not just toward the districts)! We see more destruction and cruelty toward everyone. While the former books had death and murder this book is even worse with war zone injury and suffering and prisoner torture, so it is darker and even more gory than the other two books. The central action in this book is that the districts are in a revolution against the Capitol: who will win this war and what does the future hold? What will become of Katniss? If she survives this revolutionary war, and if Peeta and Gale do, who will she wind up with?
There are also new characters in the group heading the rebellion that introduces a whole bunch of people who seek power and control. At some points in the story, even I, an adult, got a little confused about who was who, who was deceiving others, who was to be trusted and who the real enemy was. That level of interpersonal politics gave the book a different feel. Rather than the book having just a focus on action and adventure there was a higher level of analysis that the reader must process in order to "get" the story. This might turn off some readers, bore them, or cause them to feel this is their least favorite of the three books. (My fourteen year old son complained that the book got boring and he put it down for a couple of months then picked it up again and wound up getting sucked into it.)
The ending happened so fast and I am still torn about if that ending is what I'd wanted for Katniss...
I am a fan of The Hunger Games trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed reading all the books which I found to be great escape read page-turner books.
It seems there are more and more dystopian young adult books being published but they all have a higher bar to live up to thanks to Suzanne Collins who has created a true hero in her characer, Katniss Everdeen, a strong female character who readers can't help but root for. Kudos to Collins for doing a great job combining excellent character development, believable characters and situations with action that keeps readers engaged and on the edge of their seats.
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