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Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

Updated on March 08, 2013

The Amazing Conclusion to the Hunger Games Trilogy

Mockingjay is the exciting conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

Just like with the first novel in the series, Catching Fire ended very sharply, leaving the reader needing to plunge straight into the conclusion in order to find out what happened. I cannot imagine the stress that I would have been under had I been reading this series when it was still being written, and had I needed to wait until the final novel was released! I think I would have gone crazy!

This is my review of Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins. I have reviewed the previous two novels in the series as well as having a general review of the series as a whole.

Please be advised that you will find spoilers for the previous two books in this review. While I try to avoid spoiles pertaining to the outcome of the series, it is very, very difficult in doing a thorough review of this particular novel (I have never found it more difficult, in fact!).

Below you will find a synopsis of the novel along with my personal feelings on it. I would love to give this novel the same five stars that I gave the other two books in the series, but I am going to have to settle with a four star rating.

My Summary of Mockingjay

In my own words...

Katniss has been lifted from the arena, leaving behind the people she has come to care about. She has no idea where Peeta is other than that the Capitol has him, and she fears for his life and for the lives of everyone she cares about. She has been branded as the face of the revolution -- a revolution she never wanted to be involved with in the first place. She is the Mockingjay, and it is believed in District Thirteen that she is the only one who can get the people riled up to fight against the injustice of the system.

Will Katniss be reunited with her loved ones? Will she see Peeta and Gale again? What will happen to the Capitol and the president of Panem? Is there something secret going on with District Thirteen that bubbles beneath the surface?

This is a difficult book to summarize without providing some kind of spoilers. You will have to read the book to find out more! One thing I will note is that this is where the series gets very seriously political. If politics isn't your thing, this book could totally ruin the series for you, as I know that it has for some people. If you are interested in politics, then this book should bring everything to a head for you. One thing I have noticed, as well, is that people seem to see how the Capitol of Panem represents whatever the opposite ideology from their own is. Very interesting.

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An Amazing Conclusion to an Awesome Series!

Okay, so I was a little disappointed...

I have to be honest in saying that I expected... more. It's a hard thing to define when you're feeling disappointed about the final book in a series (though admittedly the ending was outstanding!), and I'm not going to try to push myself to give the details about what was "wrong" at this point in the novel. More than anything I think that the shifting and changing relationships were a bit confusing as Katniss didn't seem to be able to make up her mind (and not in a Bella loves Edward -- NO! Jacob! -- type of way either). The relationship dynamics, at this point, took away from the overall meaning of the novel, and detracted from the conclusion.

The flip side of that, of course, is the fact that the political aspects of the book became more clear and in many ways more enjoyable. The revolutionary scenes (war scenes) didn't detract from the author's stance on the Capitol. There are some cases in which the war scenes could have been better pulled off, but let's face it, Collins is writing to a young adult (teenaged) crowd and I think that there are some sensitivities that need to be observed.

That being said, I think that this book needs to be previewed by parents before it is read by their teens. Though it is not particularly bloody, it does take a political stance and some young people might need help in interpreting it.

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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)
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This is the hardcover version of Mockingjay, the final book the in Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The price is terrific, and I highly recommend purchasing from Amazon or buying the entire series as a boxed set at a very low price. You will save money doing so! You can find the boxed set on my Hunger Games Hub.

 

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Now that you've read my review of Mockingjay, it's your turn to make your voice heard! If you have read the book, whether you enjoyed it or not, please take the time to write down your review in my comments so that other visitors to my page can get different perspectives on the novel(s). However, please be sure not to include any Mockingjay spoilers in your review! I do check the comments before they are posted and I will make sure that spoilers for any of the books are kept out of the comments, so please be considerate of others and think about how you would have felt if you had had the book spoiled for you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Worst of the series. Didn't care of it because I don't like this genre. The first two were much better at characters and story, IMO

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      Barbara Casey 4 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      I found Mockingjay to be the most gut-wrenching of the three. We grew fond of Katniss via the first two books and then she went all guilt-trippy and introspective in the third. Mockingjay was, for me, a very powerful anti-war manifesto and reminded me to be more aware of the nonsense that is fed to us through the media. Your comment about the emphasis on politics is bang-on.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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