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. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
As the title suggests this will be a SPOILER review. So if you haven’t read Mockingjay (or let’s just be safe and say Catching Fire as well) than DO NOT READ unless you’re OK with spoilers. I know it’s been a fricken Olympic sport avoiding spoilers for this trilogy because it seems EVERYONE besides me has read them. I deserve a gold medal!
I had heard such horrible things about Mockingjay. Things like “Oh it ruins the entire trilogy!” “It’s not even worth reading!” Those messages scared me so bad that I put off reading The Hunger Games for as long as possible. Why would I want to read a trilogy that’s going to be ruined in the last book? But after watching the movie based on the first book – I knew I had to read them.
First off, Mockingjay is probably my favorite book in the trilogy. I don’t know why, but I really loved the politics and intrigue when they weren’t in the arena. So, I loved the Victory Tour in Catching Fire, but then the Quarter Quell? Yeah, not so much. Although I have to say I did enjoy getting to know Finnick and Johanna, etc a bit more. In Mockingjay I feel like I got to know them even better and understand their true natures behind the carefully constructed facades they had in the Capitol.
Mockingjay is the complete roller-coaster ride. I felt every single emotion possible while reading. When I turned that last page I felt wrung out. Like I had gone through that entire journey with Katniss. I loved how it ended. I liked that it sort of left the question open – did Coin put Prim in a situation she knew would be dangerous to possibly send a message to Katniss of her power? Or was she hoping that if Prim died (even if Katniss didn’t) that it would be the thing that would break her? One thing I had no doubt of: Coin and Snow were of the same cloth. Katniss knew this too. Otherwise she wouldn’t have taken that drastic action of killing Coin. Which I have to say I didn’t see that coming at ALL. However, I understood Katniss.
The ending was heartbreaking and beautiful. I think that’s why I loved it so much. As my friend Jennifer told me – it’s realistic. I agree, and I wouldn’t have wanted it to end in some sappy “ happy ever after” that would’ve come off fake and untrue, especially in a trilogy such as this. As the saying goes: war is hell. It’s not meant to be pretty nor perfect. Peeta and Katniss, they just happened to break in that perfect way that made them right for each other in the end. I can’t lie, I was rooting for Peeta all along. I don’t think we got to know enough about Gale, except in the last book, but it wasn’t enough for me.
I’m glad I didn’t wait any longer on this! I’m bummed I didn’t read it sooner. I’m thankful for the journey, even for all the tears I shed.
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