Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

***contains spoilers to The Hunger Games and Catching Fire***
Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Release date: August 24, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: #3 in The Hunger Games Trilogy
Source: Personally purchased
390 pages

My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.

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 really does 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 a hand in the carefully laid plains--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 distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.

So, I really don't know what to think of this book...
First of all, it was a very dramatic ending. But yet, the book seemed almost boring to me. Katniss doesn't seem the same as she was in The Hunger Games.
It has the same affect on me as Catching Fire, except I liked catching fire a little more than Mockingjay. But anyways, it was a good plot idea, but I feel like the author didn't like up to the expectations I had for the end of the series. The first two books were really good, and then this book just seemed so drab. Maybe I thought this because there were so many details, who knows. But it just didn't live up to my expectations.

By no means am I telling Hunger Games fans not to read the last book, because end will shock you, but I just wish the third book wouldn't have been so dreary and depressing. When I compare the first book to the last, it seems like the books have two completely different authors. But, it was a decent book overall. 3 trees for Mockingjay.


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