Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Book Review: Mockingjay

"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.

(From Goodreads)

Title: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: Hardcover; 390
Source: Purchased!

Why I chose this:
It's the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy. Need I say more?

My Thoughts:
Any of the rest of you who have posted reviews for this know what I'm going through. In order to make sure this review is spoiler free, I can't share half the things I loved/liked/was surprised by in this book. No, instead I'll have to write a vague and hopefully semi-accurate depiction of why this book was an epic ending to the an already epic trilogy. So please, people who have read Mockingjay bear with me. For those of you who haven't yet read it, well first off what are you waiting for! Second, I'll be nice and keep it spoiler free okay?

As we all know from the ending of the last book, Katniss has been saved from the arena and Peeta is nowhere to be found. The book opens with Katniss living in District 13 with the rebels who saved her. Despite her weak body and partially crushed spirit, I still can honestly profess my undying love for Katniss even in this book. She is different than the girl that we followed through the first two books, but only slightly. Seeing her in this light was a bit like seeing someone transform. I loved it.

Keeping it short, the overall story was great and extremely fast paced. I think Suzanne Collins expertly navigated Katniss and Peeta AND Gale's stories, allowing the each their own spotlights. It was impressive how she dealt with the love triangle aspect of it all, and I wasn't disappointed at all. Yes, the ending is questionable. I'm sure even if you haven't read the book you know that from hearing people talk. However I thought that under the circumstances, it was a well thought out ending. We all know Katniss can't end up with both boys. I know we're all on our own "Teams", but hey. Someone had to win out.

Love is all I have for this book! If you haven't read it, please do! If you haven't even started The Hunger Games trilogy...well then you're insane. GO NOW!

Final Rating:5 Keys to My Heart

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