Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"Mockingjay" Book Review...

..."Mockingjay" the third and final book of the "Hunger Games" trilogy. You can read my reviews on "Hunger Games" here and "Catching Fire" here. The first two books, I read in like two days but I took my time reading this last one because I didn't want the series to end!

Summary: Katniss has been saved from the Quarter Quell, District 12 has been destroyed and District 13 really does exist!!! Katniss' bold action during the Quarter Quell has officially started the war between the Capitol and the rebels and Katniss is THE Mockingjay AKA the rebel leader. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol but District 13 saves him only to find he's been "hijacked" and is now a threat to Katniss' life. Katniss vows to kill President Snow and end the war.

Review: So a LOT goes on in this book that I had to leave out of the review but I didn't want to ruin it for those of you who haven't read it yet. I felt like this book moved a little slow at times especially in the beginning and then BAM-the last 3-4 chapters TONS of stuff going on. But at the end of the book, it seemed like everything was just summarized and no real details...I'm a detail kind of person, people! I feel like the author skips a lot of important events by making Katniss get hurt and then people summarizing to her what happened vs actually playing it out in the book. My heart was broken in this book because some people die that I really "knew" and liked. The whole Gale/Peeta situation was really played up in books one and two and then in this book, I think it was obvious who she would pick because she kind of backed off the other one and so did he so that wasn't a shocker too much. I wasn't a fan of the "resolve" between the two of them because it still felt like she choose the one by default even though she said she would have picked him anyways. I was thrilled with the demise of Snow, seemed as though he still got "his way" despite everything he put the districts and victors through. Buttercup was a very small character that after I read the book and thought back on it, I loved him but I'm also a big animal lover. Sorry to be vague-just trying not to spoil it!

And to those of you that have read the trilogy, do you not find it ironic that the whole series started with Katniss volunteering to save her sister? So the question is...if she hadn't, would the outcome have been the same? Would the rebels have revolted against the Capitol? Would everyone go through as much pain and suffering? Because in the end, Katniss ultimately had the same outcome. Now on the other side of the fence, by volunteering, Katniss found Peeta, the Games ended and hopefully everyone ends up leaving happily ever after...although it wasn't necessarily spelled out for us.

My favorite of this series was "Hunger Games" followed by "Mockingjay" then "Catching Fire" was last. If I had to pick, I would definitely say I like this series better than the "Twilight" series and I'm SOOO excited for the movie...coming out March 2012 (although I think the actors are way cuter than they are portrayed in the book if that makes sense)! Let me know your thoughts!


Meredith said...

I think I kind of agree with you--one of the things I hated about this book was that it felt like three books worth of build-up and only 20 pages worth of resolution. And I just wasn't satisfied with the WAY that things happened between Gale and Katniss--I was happy with what happened, but not satisfied with the way. I just didn't buy it.

Sarah said...

I also felt kind of let down by this book. I felt even more that way with Breaking Dawn. I always end up asking myself if I would read a book again. I would totally read Hunger Games again. I would only read parts of Catching Fire and Mockinjay though.