Book Review: Mockingjay
|March 29, 2012||Posted by Cambria under Book Reviews|
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young adult
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Synopsis (courtesy of GoodReads):
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 plains – 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 (courtesy of me):
***THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS ** IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOKS IN THE SERIES DON’T READ THIS REVIEW.
I usually do not put spoilers in my review (I think it might be a first…) but I feel the need to give my opinion here and I want to do it without trying not to give things away, because I have a lot of opinions here. Lol.
I really enjoyed this book. Just like the first two books in this series, I was drawn into Suzanne Collin’s world and had to keep reading to the very end. I will say that I am glad this series is on my read shelf and that I have finished the series, I wasn’t sure how much more disaster and tragedy I could face. I felt exhausted when finished with this book. I mean, Katniss really goes through the ringer throughout this series and my heart breaks for her.
The brutality of the government was not lost on me and I completely understood why the districts revolted. I thought that Katniss as a symbol of their hope to change things, to stop the government was beautiful. Those people needed someone and she fit the bill. But it cost her dearly.
Katniss is a strong character and she did seem to grow a little weaker in this final book, but that was realistic. Who wouldn’t grow weaker at everything that had been done to her? I understood her lapse in mental capacity even though I admit, it frustrated me. When Peeta was gone I kept thinking “GO GET HIM!” and “WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?” I would get upset because I had no clue what was happening to him and I knew it was bad. I just wanted him safe and I wanted her to fight like hell to get him back.
Then he did come back.
Can I just disclose, that I think Peeta had my heart from the very beginning of this series. The boy with the bread completely won me over. And I admit in the first book, I was thinking Gale might be the guy for Katniss because of the way she would picture him while she was in the games and how his memory gave her strength to keep going. And at first, Peeta seemed kind of weak to me, like he was accepting that he was going to die. But then something happened. It’s like he grew up, he grew into this man who would do anything for Katniss because he loved her. He held that girl up when she didn’t even know he was doing. He sacrificed himself over and over for her. He understood her, he chased away the nightmares… everything in him was so strong. And with that being said I want to say how in the world could she be with anyone other than Peeta?
Yes, I liked Gale. He was great, strong, dependable and protective. But he wasn’t Peeta. In my humble opinion two people that have lived through and experienced what Peeta and Katniss did together could only end up together. They alone would understand the horrors they lived through. I think a bond was forged between them, a bond that would be indestructible by anyone else. Gale never stood a chance the minute Katniss was made a tribute. And I think that Peeta and Katniss deserve whatever happiness they could find when all this ended because hadn’t they earned it? If two people can find their way back to each other after all of that (after the tracker jackers!) then people need to get the hell out of the way and let them live their lives. (Which, in essence is exactly what happened). Peronsally, I think that if Katniss had ended up with Gale it would have taken away from the series and what they went through.
As I said earlier, I did get frustrated by the long periods in the book where Katniss was kind of out of it (even though I understood it) and I was even more so frustrated by what was happening to Peeta. But really, I understood the need for all of it because you can’t just come back from war and be okay.
I was also saddened by the death of Primm. What a waste of a beautiful life. Course all the lives lost were such a waste. I was beyond upset when Finn died as well (though I expected it) and when we find out his wife Annie had their baby I was saddened further because that child wouldn’t know its father. It would be robbed of what it could have and should have had. It was beyond saddening.
So you can see why I was relieved when I had the series read, I was tired. I needed a break from the sadness and despair. I will say that the ending made it a little bit better because Peeta and Katniss do find their way back to one another.
All in all, this is a beautifully written series that I think everyone should experience. This book isn’t about a love triangle. It’s about survival. I am anticipating the movies to this series now and I hope that it does them justice.
So there you have it. My opinion.