12 September 2010
Book Review: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: 24 August 2010
Date Finished: 10 September 2010
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The Short and Sweet of It
The final book of the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay follows Katniss as she leaves behind the games and becomes a warrior in the battle against the Capitol. While I wasn't as thrilled with this as I was with Hunger Games, I am very glad I read the series.
A Bit of a Ramble
Reading the Hunger Games trilogy felt a bit like the first time I read Collins' other series: Gregor the Overlander. Don't get me wrong: the series are completely different, but the experience was similar. I wanted to fly through the books, absorbing the story as fast as possible in an overwhelming desire to find out what happens next. As for what does happen next, I'm not really concerned about plot spoilers while writing this, so if you are worried about revelations, stop reading now.
First, some things I loved. The book explicitly portrays villainy on both sides of the fight. While the actions disgusted me, I appreciated Collins not elevating one side to an angelic height while demonizing the other. The details about Katniss's day-to-day preparations for war: adjusting to life in 13, agonizing over Peeta and the others taken captive, the propos, joining battles, and on and on, well I really enjoyed the action within the story. I think the inclusion of many and varied mini-stories and situations elevated the plot to a more authentic feel.
I have to admit though I was rather disappointed with the Peeta situation. Hijacking? Really? And then to have Katniss be such a horrid person about it? I actually started to dislike Katniss for quite some time while reading. She seemed like a person with no identity, poised between Gale's personality and Peeta's, and constantly waiting to see which one she would turn out like - er, I mean love more...or rather which one she couldn't survive without...which one couldn't survive without her? Hell, I have no freaking clue if love or lust or passion in any form had anything to do with her ultimate choice, or if it was even a choice. This leads me back to a comment I made in my Catching Fire review. I wish there had been significantly less on the love story and significantly more on the dystopian-war story.
All in all, the first book is my favorite. While Catching Fire had a larger cast of characters I cared about (for whatever reason), Hunger Games sticks in my brain as the installment which entertained me the most and frustrated me the least. Mockingjay was a good end to the series, but I must confess I was hoping for a bit more Harry Potter and a bit less Twilight (if that makes sense to anyone). I must say, though, that as long as I ignored the bulk of the love triangle fiasco, I really enjoyed reading this series, and it will be staying on my shelves for possible re-readings instead of getting donated or given away.
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