Book Review #19: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

“My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead. I should be dead.”

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 Qwell, 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.

{Caution: May be spoilers to certain details of the book, so if you have not read the book yet, read only the first five paragraphs}

Hey everyone! Things have been crazy, school and such sucking the life out of me. But now I’m ready to make a review on this novel, now that I had a lot of time to think about it. Basically the book starts off with Katniss in the supposedly destroyed District 13. She gets involved with the rebels and things start off from their (whether bad or worse).

I found people I talked to about the novel were disappointed with it, most likely because of the ending I think. I wasn’t too thrilled about the ending myself, but I accepted what happened. But besides the ending, this book had the same intensity, maybe even more, than the first books combined.

If you were looking for a book about love triangles and Katniss having to finally choose, then you came to the wrong book. The love triangle debacle is to me, a sub-plot of a sub-plot. That’s what I love about this book. It’s no love story, it’s a pure war novel. I’ve kind of had enough of love stories (I read Romeo & Juliet for school recently), most of all love-triangle based stories (Twilight, The Vampire Diaries etc).

There was no shrinking away from the devastation of the gore and destruction. Around the corner could be imminent death. I couldn’t help but be purely shocked at certain moments.

I also thought Katniss was the way she was supposed to be. She’s still a strong character, yet she’s human and has flaws. Overall, I throughly enjoyed this novel.

My Rating

{Now, if you have not read the book, please do not continue reading}

  I thought what happened to Peeta during his time with the Capitol was horrifyingly brilliant on Collins’ part. It gave a different kind of light to the love triangle, where maybe not everyone is going to turn out okay. I gave Peeta a lot more depth, of which I think he needed.

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