Thursday, March 24, 2011

Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (contains spoilers)

**Do not read if you haven’t read the trilogy, otherwise, scroll over for content.**

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Published: August 24, 2010, Scholastic Press
Genre: YA Dystopia
Hardcover, 400 pages
Borrowed from Library
Challenges: Dystopia, 100 Books in a Year, Twenty 11, 350 Page Book
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.
Okay, everyone said that this was their least favorite and now I know why. Picking up from where Catching Fire left off, the story only needed another 100 or so spellbinding pages as I know Collins is capable of doing. Instead, she wrote an entire book that somehow contained the awesome stuff that made me love the first two (the flashbacks that still move the story forward, Katniss’ internal dialogue that helps us to understand her better etc.) but made me hate this one. Every flashback seemed pointless, most of the internal dialogue made me dislike Katniss and her ridiculous temper. Dude, you’re the Mockingjay whether you like it or not, yes, they didn’t let you know about the rebellion because your reaction would’ve been over the top. Thank you for proving them right, now, stop being ridiculous.

I also didn’t like how much of the planning we were there for. It’s like when you watch a movie and the characters say “Here’s what we’re gonna do…” Then there’s a fade out and there’s either a montage with music in the background of them doing the plan or they get right to the outcome itself. Well, the entire book felt like we skipped the movie cut scene/montage action, and are in the planning room for way longer than needed! I mean c’mon, where was the forward motion that made book one seem too short? Where was the shocking twist that made Catching Fire set me on fire?!

The bright side to all this is that I got to see the story end. I always knew that they’d rise up and that there was way more to the whole Mockingjay/District 13 is “obliterated” angle. Despite my issues with the final book in this trilogy, I’m going to give it a 3 out of 4 stars. It’s absolutely necessary to read if you’ve read the first two, just don’t expect to have the visceral reaction that you may’ve had with the others.


  1. Aw, sorry you were disappointed. I personally loved Mockingjay and really couldn't see it written any other way but I know I'm the minority and I can see other people's point of view for why they didn't like it as much.

  2. Yeah I mean, I didn't hate it but I definitely don't feel as strongly about it as I was hoping! I just loved Hunger Games way more than I thought I would. Prob one of the best I've read this year, so I guess that's why I was so disappointed with it!

  3. I agree with you and the others who liked this one the least out of the three. Don't get me wrong, I still liked it, but I didn't think it was as well-written and I didn't like how it ended! Sad when it's the final book in a trilogy, but oh well. I'll just re-read Hunger Games and my love for the trilogy will be restored. =)

    Erin @ Quitting My Day Job


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