Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Pages: 398
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: August 2010

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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 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.
The Hunger Games are back in this third, final installment. Catching Fire left readers at the edge of their seats with its ending. The rumored District 13 turns out to be more than anyone had imagined. The rebellion was about to begin and the Capitol was ready to fight. Mockingjay opens with the main character, Katniss, telling readers of her boring schedule at her new District. Whether you believe the beginning was a drag, the book was action-packed enough to make up for it.

This was the book that I had been waiting for, ever since I read the first in the series, The Hunger Games. I knew the book was going to be amazing. Suzanne Collins never disappoints, does she?

Suzanne Collins promised to have her love triangle broken and have only one guy remaining by the end of the book. Love triangles in books have been getting a little cliché over the years, but Collins’ characters brought a fresh outlook on the phrase love triangle. Peeta and Gale were complete opposites and barely even saw each other throughout the span of the book. The developments of the two characters were certainly something to witness. Gale was always the hunter, the friend, and the rebel, whereas Peeta was the lover and the shy boy from the Games. It was refreshing to watch their roles reverse: Gale being the lover and Peeta becoming the fighter, and then suddenly have the two characters switch back into their original roles by the end of the book. Mockingjay kept me on my toes, always wondering what was going to happen next.

With the Mockingjay, Collins led me through her world again and the only thing I was disappointed about was the ending. Suzanne Collins tried to give her readers the say on what happens next and the inference she expected us to follow was a little much. I warn readers of Mockingjay, because Collins did leave a lot of questions. Questions that, I know, I wanted answered. Other than the ending- that is a pretty big thing, because The Hunger Games series ended with this book- the book was fantastic.

A lot of people are under the notion that young adult novels, Mockingjay falls into that category, have no depth to them. They think that these books are devoid of a good storyline. This book and the previous books in the series prove their beliefs wrong. Suzanne Collins uses rhetorical strategies left and right that makes readers continue reading her books year after year.

This book is certainly worth reading.

Cover: 3

Writing Style: 5

Characters: 5

Plot: 4

Ending: 2

Overall: 5

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