Publication Date: August 24, 2010Review: A conclusion to a book series as awesome as this one is difficult to write. So, firstly, kudos to Suzanne Collins for writing a solid ending to The Hunger Games trilogy. There were problems along the way, yes, but there were also a lot of great things in this final installment.
Page Count: 391
Synopsis: 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.
I remember being so excited for this book to come out. I remember buying it right away and reading it very slowly, trying to absorb everything. One to two years later, I forgot everything. As a part of my "Reread Favorites Month," I thought I'd conclude the month with Mockingjay to freshen up my memory.
I like how realistic Suzanne Collins kept this book. War is inevitable, obviously. People die in war. Tactics are used. Manipulation is needed. Not everything can have a happy ending wrapped in a little bow. I appreciate that Suzanne Collins stuck through with the difficult task of writing about war and killing off characters.
I didn't like how inconsistent the plot was. Sometimes, it dragged on and on. Sometimes, it went at the perfect speed. And yet other times, it was just rush rush rush. The plot was very crazy and difficult to keep track of, in my opinion. Katniss would do nothing one day, she'd be killing off people the next, and the day after she'd be mental.
I didn't like that Suzanne Collins killed off so many of my favorite characters. Yes, I understand why it happened, but still. My heart is broken. I also didn't like how the "love triangle" aspect was concluded. It just didn't feel satisfactory to me.
Just the thought of trying to write a heavy book like this one makes my mind spin. Suzanne Collins is something of a genius. My heart may have been broken along the way, but Mockingjay was still a grand read.