Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Review: Mockingjay

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
published by Scholastic
$17.99 (hardback)
Genre: YA
390 pages

FTC: I bought this book. Will not receive anything for this review.

What it's about:
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.

my thoughts:
You know that feeling you got when you were reading the 7th Harry Potter book and you knew that no matter what Rowling did to the characters, Harry was going to defeat Voldemort and that none of the Big Three were going to die? Cause it was Harry freaking Potter? well, with Mockingjay I didn't ever have that feeling. I was terrified for the Big Three throughout the whole book. Collins is not nice to her characters, lots of them are tortured and killed throughout the series, so what is to say that the big three would still be alive and relatively unharmed by the end?
That being said, I was freaking out during most of the book. It was so intense I had to put it down and take a break for awhile before I went crazy with worry for the characters. While this book didn't have as much action as the others, it does have suspense. Will they save Peeta? Who will Katniss pick (if anyone at all?), who dies? Will they take over the Capital? The list could go on forever.
Honestly, this was my least favorite of the three books. The ending I thought was insanely disappointing as well. Too many unanswered questions and sometimes the writing could be a little confusing just because of the way the sentences were arranged.

My rating: 9/10.
I'm sad I can't give it a 10/10 because I would like to, but I can't.

Spoiler free quote:
"Well, don't expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear."--pg 82

Other cool stuff:
Hot Topic is doing this little trivia thing. Answer 4 Hunger Games questions (5 seconds for each question) correctly, win a 13 x19 inch poster. I've already done it and picked up my poster. It's pretty awesome. Here is the link: Win a Hunger Games poster


  1. I like your review. I felt the same way about the book.

    That poster is so funny, but tragic in a way. It looks like one of those college brochures with happy people and what not. I'll probably pick mine up this weekend.

  2. I love that quote too! I like how it rhymes as well.

  3. That poster killed me. It seems like one of those things the Capitol would cook up.

    Awesome, spoiler-free review! I am really excited to read this one but will have to wait until the library stocks it. :D

  4. Awesome review---I feel the same way. It was a 4/5 for me and my least favorite book in the series.


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