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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3)
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 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 distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.

 I can't review this in the normal way.  It was just too...intense.  I finished it last night, and just sat there for awhile, because my brain was spinning.  Let's go back to the beginning, shall we?

We start out with Katniss being all depressed, which got very annoying after a few chapters.  Even so, it seemed real.  The whole setting seemed real.  This book was not lacking in Gale-ness like the other two; he got plenty of time in the story, which made me happy because he's such an awesome character.

Action-packed, a pageturner, bla bla bla.  The thing that really makes this book unforgettable is the fact that finishing it isn't so different from being punched in the face.  Well, reading it causes no actual physical pain, but you get the effect of being punched in the face out of nowhere.  Just, BAM! and there it is.

Whoever called this a 'killfest'* wasn't lying.  I won't tell, for fear of spoiling it for somebody, but... *wails for certain lost characters*  At least they all died for a decent reason.**  And wow, this book had a lot of emotion.  If I was the type of person to cry during a book, I would've been sobbing through this one.

I wasn't expecting a happy ending.  I mean, how could anyone?  This is a war, not a tea party.  But I really wasn't expecting it to be quite that harsh.  Oh, well.  At least the epilogue made me happy.

I'm in this book, by the way.  Yeah.   Go get your copy, it says my name right there.  *spoiler alert, highlight to read* I married Finnick, apparently.  Jealous, huh?

*****  Five stars.  Five stars for thrills and for metaphorically punching readers in the face.  Five stars for sheer intensity.  Five stars for Peeta (because, yes, I was Team Peeta all the way through).  Five stars for having all that action crammed into not even 400 pages.  Five stars for a spectacular, if not harsh, ending.  Five stars for Mockingjay. 

*I'm assuming the term was coined for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which kills of certain awesome characters without much good reason.

**     *glares at HP7*

Reviews of other Hunger Games novels:
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)

1 comment:

  1. Collins ruthlessly depicts the war between the Capitol and rebels in a grisly, violent fashion, leaving nothing to the imagination. Once again, she proves adept at peeling away layers of personas of pertinent characters. Katniss is portrayed as a young woman who wants to live a simple life and does not care for her perception as a heroic young woman ready to lead the cause for freedom yet finds herself thrust again and again into this role. The ending will surprise some readers, although this reviewer sees no other way it could have concluded.


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