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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

This review (including the book description) contains spoilers from the previous books only. I suggest you read my The Hunger Games review if you haven't started this series yet =)



Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 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 an 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 distrusts. She must become the rebel’s Mockingjay – no matter what the personal cost.

Katniss made it out of the Games alive for a second time, but the Games won’t really be over until the Capitol is defeated. She has to deal with the loss of her home, her friends and more importantly Peeta who’s been taken by the Capitol and probably tortured as she is being patched up by district 13 medics. Barely hanging onto her sanity, she will have to step up her game and raise the crowds in hopes of removing President Snow from his dictatorship.

There is a lot of controversy around the final installment in the series, I read that many were disappointed and I think I know why. Suzanne Collins isn’t into sugarcoating. Mockingjay is raw, cruel, tragic, heart-breaking, violent, sad, utterly amazing and BALSY. The whole story is bittersweet, so everyone hoping for a walk-in-the-park happy ending (have they read the same first two books as me to hope that?) will be baffled.

Collins writes her story with such intensity that it’s sometimes hard to bare. The desperation Katniss and especially Finnick live are described so perfectly that you find yourself locked in the feeling. I have to admit I cried in more than one occasion. So many tragic events happens, and none of which I expected. When I finished the book I found myself wondering how an author can kill so many important characters and still make it work.

I loved every pages of this book and I’m sad it’s the last one. The end was powerful and the epilogue brought a bit of much needed closure. I don’t wanna discuss details in the review, but I will post a discussion next week to talk spoilers with you guys!

I most definitely recommend this series to everyone, young and adults alike. It’s not my usual kind of read but I fell for it heals over head. Suzanne Collins is a genius and I can’t wait to see what her next project will be!

Read an excerpt

The Hunger Games series:

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire



Book Stats:

  • Reading level: Young Adult The Book Depository
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439023513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439023511


    Book Source: Review copy sent by Scholastic Canada

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    5 People left their mark' :

    1. I'm really glad to see another person truly enjoyed this book. I agree it was harrowing and hard to read, but I think that's essential to the story. Brilliant review :)

    2. I have to agree with you. Suzanne makes now bones about being all roses here in this book. I am trying to write my review now after just finishing the book. It is hard as there could really be so many spoilers. But I am trying to keep them out. Nicely done review with all the stuff that could so easily be given away.

    3. Ballsy is a good word to describe this book. I loved it and am a little taken aback by the negative reaction of some other bloggers. I thought that it was surprising and shocking and even more than I could've ever hoped for. (Except of course another whole book!)

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      Here from the CEP.

    4. Everyone who have read SC's Overlander Series migt have guessed she isn't into happy-endings...
      Great review:-)