Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Published by Scholastic Press
Date Published: August 24, 2010
Rating: 5/5
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.
"It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart." 

For those of you who have been living in a box over the last two years, The Hunger Games series has been a fire that no one could possibly contain! This series has been noted with success along with such great series like Harry Potter and the Twilight Saga. And no one was more ready for the release of the third and final book, Mockingjay, more than me!

Although The Hunger Games released October 2008 and Catching Fire in September 2009, I hadn't heard much about the series. Needless to say, at that point in time I was living under that metaphorical rock and didn't pick up the series until this year. Some of my friends had told me about reading HG after it's release and even urged my to do it before CF released. But I still waited.

The time came this past March when I was stuck in my dorm room at college (three thousand miles from home) with nothing to do during Spring Break (no car, no internet, nothing!) that I decided to read them. I begged one of my friends to take me to the local library so I could get it. After a few weeks of waiting, I finally got both HG and CF in the same week.

I started reading the series and it totally blew me away! I read both books in just three days and then realized much to my dismay that I had to wait five more months until the final book. But as of midnight last night, I got my copy of Mockingjay and truly was able to finish to series.

This moment was bitter sweet seeing as I finally had my hands on a book that I had been promoting and longing for over the past few months and yet it is a close to a series I have so dearly loved. One thing is for sure though, Suzanne Collins does not disappoint!

Picking up where CF left of, Mockingjay seamlessly continues her harrowing journey battling for everything she lived for and loved. From the beginning of the book, Suzanne's writing grabs you and takes you on a relentless and powerful ride full of love, loss, and laughs. It's obvious that I couldn't stop reading since it just released and I finished it by 9 PM that night. If you have read the entire series, you will know that there have been some if not many questioned left unanswered. Luckily, most of these questioned do get answered. But some do get tossed to the side (even some of mine). But nonetheless, it is as powerful a book as the hype suggests. Mockingjay is just flat out stunning and extraordinary.

If you are looking for a book with epic non-stop action, this one is for you! Granted there are plenty of shocking moments that left me speechless and wondering WTF?! But just when I think things can't go any farther, the tides change and we're left satisfied. Sadly, sometimes it did seem to follow along pointless story lines which were never resolved. But in the end, will true love prevail? Who really knows the difference between right and wrong? Is there a fine line or is it somewhat blurry the closer you get to the middle? Mockingjay will help you decide on what side you stand. Do you choose to join the rebellion or stand and fight with the Capitol?

Here's a nugget of truth from Twitter:
@HGTfansite: Katniss or Bella?
My reply: @JeremyWest Katniss because she doesn't need a guy's attention although she gets it and she can kick ass in the Games!

6 comments:

  1. Fantastic post! I am at a loss and I have so much to discuss with others! I want to talk now.

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  2. This book seriously bummed me out, but only because as I was reading I was so concious of the fact that it was the last. The book was amazing in my estimation and surpassed the hype, but it's still sad that it's over. I love the series and I've been waiting what seems like for ever for this book, and now it's here and I know the end (which I happened to love). What the hell do I do now?! I suppose that I'll bask in the gloriousness that is Mockingjay for a while longer and then find a brand new book to obsess over. Any suggestions?

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  3. Excellent, thoughtful and all round awesome review! And no spoilers - woo hoo! Also, those tweets had me spit tea all over my keyboard. Cheers.

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  4. Good review! I agree with you 100%.

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  5. Great post! Can't wait to read this series...I have CF but waiting for HG to come and then I can read Mockingjay...:)

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  6. I was kinda upset with this book. Glad to see you liked it!

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