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Monday, August 30, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Title: Mockingjay
Series: The Hunger Games Book 3
Author: Suzanne Collins

Release Date: 25th August 2010

My Rating: 3/5

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.

My Review:
There isn't a whole lot I can say without completely spoiling the ending...but I will make a couple of points...

1. I love Gale
2. One of my favourite characters dies
3. Katniss does not go into another Hunger Games
4. I think some some parts of the story are drawn out too long and others were just glazed over where they should have had more attention
5. There is an epilogue that I wish wasn't there
6. One of my favourite quotes from the book is:

"If we burn, you burn with us"

While I did like Mockingjay and felt Suzanne Collins probably couldn't have finished the trilogy any other way, and obviously it is impossible to please everyone, I was disappointed in a quite a few spots, mostly relating to the ending, and overall I prefer the previous two books. Does anyone else agree? Almost every review I have read seems to be that they think it was amazing and that it ended perfectly. The shining light for me is a post I was told about by Nomes over at inkcrush. The post covers everything I think is wrong with the book (and I have since added my own comment at the bottom) so I am not feeling quite so alone. To view this post over at Forever Young Adult click here, but be aware it is full of spoilers so do not read it until you too have finished the book.

Please do not post any spoilers in my comments (obviously non-spoilery comments are always welcome). If anyone has anything to say about the ending, or wants to discuss it, send me an email at jwillis87@hotmail.com


  1. oh - i so agree with your points here :)

    1. I love Gale. Absolutely. All the way. Me too. and normally i dont get too heated in picking teams, but the way things went down in mockingjay just made me even more Gale. (hope thats not spoilery - more cryptic, really)

    4. I know! some bits really dragged for me and others I think I skimmed a line and missed something huge. some of the MAJOR events were given a sentence r two - blink and you miss it.

    and, haha, so glad you liked that link. i felt relieved after reading that blog post as most reviews were so glowing that no one was expressing anything else that niggled at me while I read it.

    and yay for finding someone else who loves Gale.

    also, i dont mind epilogues, but that one seemed very weird, a different voice and why bother having one when certain characters were so completely left out of it? i think that niggled at me more than the epilogue itself, was providing some resoluton for some and absolutely nothing for others.

  2. Oh, I'm sorry you didn't like this one. I liked a lot of the characters that died too. It's hard to discuss what you did and didn't like without spoilers.

  3. here's another link you may enjoy - lots to think about :)


  4. Nomes, that post is awesome. I totally love this blogger at the moment!


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