10 May, 2012

Mockingjay is the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy.  It is now time for District 13 to really make themselves known to the world and to the Capitol.  With the help of their mockingjay (Katniss), the people of District 13 intend to take down the Capitol and change the world as they know it.  Gale is also there to help with the uprising alongside Katniss, but Peeta is not able to help for reasons that will become clear when you read the book.  You will absolutely hate the Capitol more than ever in this book, but will you like District 13 any better?  It begins to become clear that the government and president of District 13 might not be much better than that of the Capitol.  The book is filled with action, shocking twists and turns, and will make you want to kill the Capitol yourself!
I gave Mockingjay a rating of 3.5 because I was, surprisingly, very disappointed with it.  I absolutely LOVED the first two books of this trilogy, but this one was extremely disappointing.  In the previous books, Katniss was always right in the middle of the action and kicking butt.  But, in this book, it seemed as though Katniss was always messed up and in the hospital instead of helping the battle towards the Capitol.  She is involved in some action, of course, but not at the more important times.  Collins also did not show some of the action that the reader is anticipating, such as the rescue of Peeta or a lot of the actual destruction of the Capitol.
I was also EXTREMELY disappointed with the ending.  What is the point in reading two fantastic books and then ending the third one in such a disappointing fashion?  In my opinion, the last book should be the best book, otherwise you are just left with an incomplete, depressing feeling…or is that just me?  The ending of this book felt very rushed.  It did not seem complete.  It did not describe as much as it should have in order to give a complete feeling.  I’m not sure what was happening with Collins during this ending, since she has demonstrated her wonderful writing skills in the first two books.  Maybe it was the pressure of a deadline.  Maybe because the first two were so successful, she felt the need to rush through this one to satisfy fans?  However, rushing through the writing will not satisfy fans!!!
I still suggest that you read the trilogy, as the first two are well worth reading.  Just don’t get your hopes up for a thrilling, satisfying completion.
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Thanks for reading.

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4 Responses to “Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins”

  1. I agree. I actually gave this one a worse star rating than you did. It seemed like all Katniss did was mope around and look for places to hide. And I hated the ending. It was so disappointing.

    I can think of very few book series where I liked the last book the best… even though, really, that’s what should happen. That’s where the resolution, the happy-ever-after (if there is one) comes into play… and it shouldn’t be a letdown.

    • I know! And I loved the first 2 books. What a way for such an amazing series to end 🙁

      You’re right, the last book should be the BEST book!