Thursday, October 14, 2010
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Author: Suzanne Collins
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 24, 2010)
Genre: dystopian, science fiction, action, romance, political
Rating: 5 out of 5
The "much-awaited" book three of the Hunger Games trilogy sounds so cliche, but I really was waiting for this book with bated breath. Even more of a cliffhanger than Vladimir Tod: Eleventh Grade Burns, Catching Fire was one of those books where I wanted to kick myself for reading it without waiting for the last book to come out.
In this last book, when we see Katniss, she is making sense of her sudden rescue from her second Hunger Games, and she must face the fact that with the Capitol's destruction of district 12, the rebellion that she seems to have sparked in the districts will be calling on her to lead even if she just wants to take care of herself and protect those that she loves.
It's easy to forget how young Katniss is when everyone expects her to be politically saavy and stable. I actually like when her insecurities and selfishness come out.
I think some people won't enjoy this book because the ending is not as satisfying or as tidy as some people want it to be. Katniss will lose people that she loves. She will be betrayed, and she will be abandoned. Does she finally make a choice between Peeta and Gale? The choice is made. In the end, I'm glad that things don't end as happily as it could have. I like that Collins sacrfices some characters that are highly loved. That's what makes this so good.