Friday, August 27, 2010

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) (e-book) by Suzanne Collins

From Goodreads:
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.
But I don't know what to tell him about the aftermath of killing a person.  About how they never leave you.  p.55 e-book
My mind is blown.  This was every bit as good as The Hunger Games, better even than Catching Fire.  I am amazed.  This is how to write a series with a killer ending and sell the whole damn thing.  Honestly, it was an amazing journey that Katniss went through and I am pleased at how it all turned out for her.  It is a good and appropriate ending.

For a while, I was thinking that wow, this isn't nearly as bloody or gory as the other two, but then I hit about the middle and I took it back.  I like how Collins explores the psychological damage that the Games have taken on everyone especially the victors.  How they can't escape what happened to them.  It was a good choice not to gloss that over.

**I was always Team Katniss.  I figured that she wouldn't end up with either Peeta or Gale because she is so strong and independent.  I thought I would be disappointed if she actually choose either one.  I was wrong.  I liked Peeta more than Gale anyway so that made me happy.  I guess because it really happened so gradually and Katniss and Peeta really earned their time together.  They are both damaged in the same way and can relate to each other in a way that Gale never could.  And the fact that Gale had become synonymous with the death of Prim really didn't help matters anyway.  But it was a good and natural ending.

I liked too how the problem of President Snow was addressed and applauded Katniss' decision to end the cycle as it began again with President Coin.  I wasn't shocked that Coin had it in for Katniss but I was surprised at the idea of doing the Hunger Games again with Capital children.  It's like they didn't learn any lessons.  I'm glad that Katniss took manners into her own hand and solved that problem because I have a feeling it would have moved from one dictatorship to another.

"That what I need to survive is not Gale's fire, kindled with rage and hatred.  I have plenty of fire myself.  What I need is the dandelion in the spring...That it can be good again.  And only Peeta can give me that."  p.280-281 e-book

I even liked the epilogue.  It was nice to see that Peeta and Katniss had grown and that their psychological scars had healed.  I wasn't bothered by her having children because what people say or want at 17 doesn't always apply when they are 27.

Hogwarts: Defence Against the Dark Arts


  1. The book was amazing! I hAve a hard time just finding words to describe this book. Wanna discuss the book? O started a forum on my blog.


    Snow vs Coin analysis

  2. I agree 100% with everything you said including the spoiler part, and you know how adament I was about my Team.

  3. Andrea -

    Oh, I can't wait!!! I keep checking my front door, but it hasn't arrived yet. I'm wondering if Scholastic lost my checklist for fall. Shoot.

    It sounds wonderful. Thanks for the review!


  4. @Brooke - Yes, it was so amazing.

    @Amanda - Yeah, I know :)

    @Sue - Hope you like it.


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