Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

“Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins's groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.”

The third and final installment of The Hunger Games trilogy picks up immediately where its predecessor, Catching Fire, ends. Katniss has managed to make it through the Hunger Games for a second time by once again outwitting the Capitol and its Gamemakers. And they’re not any happier about it than they were the first time around. But before they get the chance to punish her, Katniss is scooped up by members of the resistance movement in Panem. She soon finds out that those behind the resistance are the citizens of District 13 – the district that the Capitol claimed to have destroyed 75 years earlier. More secrets are revealed and soon Katniss becomes the face of the rebellion against the Capitol. Can she become the leader that the districts so desperately need to break the Capitol’s hold on them? Mockingjay keeps your interest from beginning to end, just as both of the other books in the trilogy.

I rate this book: 

As with the other two books, I completely devoured Mockingjay and was genuinely sad to see it end. The ending was something that I didn’t really see coming (I won’t spoil it for you guys), but that was also something that I really enjoyed about the book. Suzanne Collins has a way of keeping her readers guessing about what will happen next, especially in this series of books. And that sense of surprise is something that I find refreshing, since I seldom see it in a lot of the books that I read. When reading these books, I also developed a sort of friendship with the characters. So, when I came to the end of the book, I felt like I was saying goodbye to some good friends. However, I still definitely recommend Mockingjay to any and everyone. It’s an amazing read and tied the series together really well. If you’ve already read the first two books, then you absolutely must pick up Mockingjay – and if you haven’t read The Hunger Games trilogy at all, then you are definitely missing out.

Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.

1 comment:

Jade @ Chasing Empty Pavements said...

Glad you enjoyed this one! I love all the Hunger Games books and am very excited to see the movie! New Follower btw :)