Friday, November 18, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Mockingjay Review

Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 2010
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Romance, Death, Hunting, Survival, & Family
Pages: 390
Plot: (From the Dust Jacket)
     “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 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 overflow 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 the 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.”

     CAUTION!  This book is tantalizingly ruthless, absorbingly vindictive, entrancingly manipulative, but altogether alluring!  Each and every book from the Hunger Games trilogy had to be a straight through read for me and Mockingjay was no exception.  After finishing each novel I needed a period of reflection.  I was blown away by every edition; this is a series that truly gets better and better with each book.      
     Suzanne Collins utterly captivated me with Katniss’s struggle for survival and the revolution of Panem.  The tale told is truly masterful as well as legendary.  Just like the first two books in the trilogy, Mockingjay brought out so many emotions that I was snickering along with the characters, balling my eyes out at all the heart wrenching and pain staking moments, and wanting to throw the book in frustration when I wasn’t particularly fond of the situation.
     All the horrific and traumatizing events that led out to this point in the story have definitely changed Katniss.  You can tell right off the bat that she is exhausted and overrun, but she still pushes on to be the symbolic Mockingjay, with all her strength and endurance trying to protect everyone and overcome the capitol.  In fact you can see everyone’s exhaustion taking its toll throughout the novel- Katniss’s losses, Peeta’s tortured soul, Gale’s restlessness, Haymitch’s sobriety, and Finnick’s insanity.  They all factor in for the perfect close of this epic tale.
     This last book in the trilogy honestly deserves an A+++, but my ranking can only honor an A+.  I just can’t stress how great and brilliantly masterful it truly is.  I was left speechless after finishing it; I spent half a day trying to think of words to describe how astonishing, remarkable, and magnificent this story truthfully was.  Honestly, I still feel that I did not capture the immensity this book and series rightfully deserves.

My Rating: 20/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5

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