Saturday, June 16, 2012

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins *May Contain Some Spoilers*

Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Published: August 24 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 390
Source: Received as a gift
Read: June 5-6th
My Rating: 5 Stars
In a Few Words: Emotional,  Vengeful,  intense

Goodreads Synopsis:
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 plains--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.

Melissa's Musings:

My initial reaction on finishing this was just a huge sigh, and then "Wow." I have to say, I didn't quite expect it but the epilogue did make me tear up a little. It's not too surprising I suppose, since I was at the point of goosebumps several times reading this.  I went tearing through the first 300 pages and then wanted to slow down and savor it.

There are so many twists and turns, it's a constant ride of action, with very little downtime. Poor Katniss seems destroyed by all that's she's been through, and yet there's more damage coming.

There were a few things that I felt kind of...I don't quite know the word I'm looking for, disappointed maybe?

Kat and her family are relatively safe, living in District 13 now that she's been rescued. And at first, it looks like life might start to get better, but then you realize that District 13 uses Katniss in their own agendas as much, if not more than President Snow does. The manipulation by District 13 is very thinly veiled, and angering to those of us who just wanted to see Katniss be free from all of the chaos.

I was angry that they didn't rescue Peeta right away as well, but I understand to a point why they didn't. I don't like it, because they did it to use Katniss, to make them do what they wanted, to get her to become their Mockingjay.

Where I was lamenting in my review of Hunger Games that Kat didn't feel enough of what had happened to her, here it almost seems like too much. You can tell that everything that's happened has gotten to her, that something inside has snapped. Especially when you read about her hiding in places like dark closets and laundry chutes. I think this breakdown is part of what makes me feel so much for her at the end of the book. She's survived the games twice and now this extra game playing with District 13 just doesn't seem fair anymore.

There is a lot of death in Mockingjay. It's to be expected in the middle of a war, but there's just so much. And many of the characters I really grew to love. Particularly Cinna. I don't know exactly what it was about him but the first second I read about Cinna I liked him. And the way that they beat him right in front of Kat to rattle her before her second entrance into the Games, was just unfair. Expected, by the very nature of the Capitol, but still unfair. There are many other deaths that I could talk about, but I don't want to put in any spoilers.

There's so much I could say about this series. I'll just say that I'm glad that I read them, because they are really life changing. They truly do stop and make you think. I should hope to think that our current society will never end up like Panem. What a scary place that would be.


Nicole Rivera said...

Ahhh... Mockingjay, what a freakin' heartbreak roller coaster! When I first read it, I felt the same way about Katniss feeling things almost *too* much, but then my husband made such a great point: she basically experienced what her mother did when their father died. It was an interesting way to make things come full circle. In HG, Katniss was so unforgiving of her mother's depression and couldn't understand how she allowed herself to become so broken when she had children to care for. In this third book Katniss, unfortunately, gets to experience that kind of despair firsthand and while I can't remember if she acknowledges this, one has to imagine that, at some point the connection would be made.

Great review. So happy you read these books; they are fabulous!!

Melissa said...

Thank you, I agree, they are really awesome books!

And thank you so much for pointing out the connection between Katniss' depression and her mothers. I honestly didn't even think of it that way until you pointed it out, but now that explains a lot!

kimbacaffeinate said...

Now i really want to read this..since it brought through so many emotions in you. I like that we get to feel Katniss's emotions in this one.Thanks for motivating me to pick this one up!

Melissa said...

@Kimba: Can't wait to see what you think of it!