Review: Mockingjay

Review: MockingjayMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Published by Scholastic on August 24, 2010
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 390
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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.

I will not endeavor to sum up Mockingjay, which I finished less than a minute ago (the tears still stain my cheeks). Books do not often make me cry, but this one definitely did. It almost did innumerable times, but in the end it got me. I will not add my opinion on the book to the internet; I just want to say that I felt heartbroken the entire time I was reading it. This series makes you feel.

Rather than saying anything else myself, I will conclude with the lyrics to a song (“Set Free” by Katie Grey) I do not know particularly well, which came on while I was reading the book and struck a particularly fitting chord:

“There’s a cold fire
There’s a crossfire
And there’s something
Inside, inside

And we’ll never, never
Make it
And we’ll never, never
Break it

Until, until

There’s a long game
That’s a wrong chain
And it’s something
We all hide it

And we’ll never, never make it
And we’ll never, never break it
Until we learn to see
Until we set free

And you got style
And you got grace
And you got the means
To leave that place
But you’ll never, never make it
And you’ll never, never break it

Until you learn to see
Until you set free

So set free
Set free

Set free
Set free

De de dum de de de
De de dum de de de

Free, oh
Set free

If we could see that this was all that we need
Inside our minds
Bodies and souls
We wouldn’t run and we would let go
Cause we’d realize
That we had
That we had no control”

Update 10/21/13: As I’m editing my reviews for WP, I found this “review.” Ummm, wow, past self. You really worked hard on this one, huh?

So here’s a bit more:

I loved the ending, how dark and fairly unhappy it was. The romance resolved in a way that I found realistic and touching and painful in just the right way. I did not, however, love what was done to Gale’s character, without enough development to make it convincing to me, or the way that a certain someone died (not THAT they died, but HOW); actually, these two complaints are related.

13 responses to “Review: Mockingjay”

  1. Amazing book! Lots of tears shed here, too… At least it was a somewhat happy ending… 🙂 As for the song above… sent shivers down my spine…

    Best regards, Diana

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  3. Veronika says:

    I’m reading this book now! It’s fantastic! Absolutely stunning! I loved the first two books as well. Still don’t know what will happen at the end of the book, but soon I’ll figure out 🙂

  4. I was very disappointed by the end of the book. Was depressed all day!

    • Christina says:

      To be fair, I think she probably wanted you to be depressed all day. Yeah, I’m of two minds about Mockingjay. I think I’ll have to reread the whole trilogy before I can firmly declare my opinions of it.

  5. rachchan2006 says:

    I didn’t really like Mockingjay that much; like Owl In A Cloak, I found the ending very disappointing. I felt like Suzanne Collins had rushed the ending somehow; it didn’t have a satisfying finish and when I finished the book it still felt somewhat incomplete.

  6. Love the song, it’s very fitting.
    I didn’t like mockingjay quite as much as the other two hunger games books, but i think it was purely because mockingjay is actually very different to the other two books.
    While HG and CF were ultimately about love and survival, I felt that KJ was very much about war, and had a very different feel to it. I have to say that I was a bit depressed by the end too 🙁

    • Christina says:

      I’m pretty sure she WANTED you to be depressed at the ending. On one level, that’s something I really appreciate. I mean, most of my least favorite dystopias are the ones where the author is afraid to do really cruel things to their characters. If life isn’t awful, if people are dying, it’s general not going to feel that bad.

      Honestly, the way she set things up, that was as happy as things could possibly be. Peeta was incredibly emotionally scarred, and, really, it’s a bit of a miracle they were able to be that level of happy.

      The part that I had an issue with was Prim. I just did not get that.

  7. Aline Tobing says:

    Feeling somewhat depressed after finishing this one. I mean, I’m glad Peeta & Katniss are finally together but what a cost! I’m so sad for Prim 🙁

    • Christina says:

      Definitely leave Mockingjay feeling depressed. It’s both a strength and a weakness, I think. I mean, we want them to be happy, or at least happier. But, at the same time, this fractured future is perhaps more believable? I don’t know.

  8. Anonymous says:

    like mockingjay cryed for prim

  9. Bea Tejano says:

    As much as I love Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay felt rushed to me. Probably because I felt that there needed to be more! I loved it though, I just wish that she made it a bit lengthier

  10. Meg says:

    Felt the same way at the end of Mockingjay … heartbroken. Definitely my favorite out of the series.

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