Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Genre:  Futuristic Fiction

# of Pages:  390

RAC:  Yes

In this third and final installment of The Hunger Games trilogy Katniss must deal with the aftermath of her actions, and those of some rebellious friends, at the Quarter Quell.  As she recovers from her injuries she cannot help but wonder about Peeta, who was not rescued from the arena.  Her worries are founded when Peeta appears in a Capitol broadcast in which he appears to be on the side of the Capitol.  As Katniss struggles to find her place in this rebellion she is asked to be the symbol or Mockingjay for the entire fight for freedom.  Does she have the strength to be the Mockingjay?  If she becomes the mockingjay will it endanger her friends and family?  Will she ever see Peeta again?

This final installment accurately portrays the difficulty of starting and carrying out an overthrow of government.  Circumstances continue to get worse and with every person lost in the fight Katniss feels responsible.  The action and suspense are good, but maybe not quite as good as the arena action and suspense.  The character development is wonderful and amazing considering the extreme pressure these characters are under.  It would be hard to to portray them as truly human as Collins did.  Readers should be satisfied with the ending, especially after some reflection.  A nice ending to an unforgettable series.  Highly recommended.

3 Responses to “Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins”

  1. 1 David A. Bedford September 10, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Good review, short and to the point. I just have one complaint about the series: it’s all written in present tense narration. There is so much of that out there, done merely because (and not for a specific reason) that at last it has become irritating. Maybe in the future we can put that practice to rest.

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  2. 2 Izzy September 12, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Best book EVER! I love it!!

  3. 3 Adriana November 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I was rooting for the other guy mostly throughout the series but, I gotta say in the end she picked the perfect one.

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