Dec 30, 2013

Review: Mockingjay (re-read)

Author: Suzanne Collins
Release Date: August 24th, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 390
Format: Hardcover, Bought

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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.

My Review:

When I first read this book years ago, I hated it. I hated everything about it. I was even mad when I finished reading it. I wanted to write the author a letter to tell her how awful it was. I regret thinking that way.

I know a lot of different reads have hated this book, but from my experience, I was right in that category. Now that I have re-read the whole series, this book makes a little more sense to me this time around. I caught things in the other 2 books that didn't mean anything to me at the time but made differences in this book.

I now love this book and take back all my earlier hate. I used to hate the ending the most, I used to feel that she just threw it all together at the last minute. While I still feel like she could have given us more about who Katniss ends up with, I am still very happy with it all.

This books has A LOT of death in it. The death of many characters that you learn to love throughout the trilogy. Some you would expect, some catch you completely off guard. I cried this time around while I read the book. I sat and stared across my room at the wall while I reflected back on the book and what I just read. I had to force myself to get out of bed and walk around because I couldn't get my mind off the ending of the book.

I still had small issues with the book, but I am sorry to say I can't share them because they are spoilers and I don't want to do that to anyone who hasn't read it. Those issues are so small though that it doesn't change my rating I am now giving the book.

The characters, I fell in love with each and every one of them. My heart goes out to Peeta in this book, because man that boy doesn't get a break. Also, Katniss wins my heart. That poor girl goes through so much. Sometimes I hate her selfishness, but I am also someone with a huge heart, so I am more like Peeta who would do anything for Katniss, no matter what it did to me in return.

This book is set in a different setting. Yes, it is still within the districts so to speak, but not in the way as the other two books were written. But I like that about this book. I feel if it was more arenas or capitol scenes, then the trilogy would have felt more like a drag and less enjoyable to read.

My rating for this book when I first read it was a low 3. I loved the rest of the trilogy so I couldn't justify giving it less than a 3, but this time around it definitely gets a 5. Maybe I wasn't in the right mindset before, but I do understand now where she was going with everything and it was nice to end the trilogy with a smile on my face :) I hope all of you who haven't read this trilogy go out and pick it up and love it just as much as I do!

Couldn't Put it Down!!

1 comment:

  1. 'Mockingjay' is my favorite part of the trilogy, despite all the sadness, because I feel it's a profoundly brave and true war novel.


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