August 26, 2010 at 4:26 pm 2 comments

After a year of waiting to see what would become of Katniss, Peeta, Gale and the rest of the residents of the districts, the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay is finally here.  (If you haven’t read The Hunger Games or Catching Fire yet, you probably shouldn’t read this post! )

When we left Katniss, she had just discovered that she had been used by the rebels in their declaration of war against the Capitol.  She’s taken to District 13, home of the resistence, because almost everyone in her district died when 12 was bombed by Capitol forces.  Now a refugee like so many others, Katniss must decide whether to remain in her fog of grief or become what the rebels need her to be: the face of the anti-Capitol movement.  If you know Katniss, you know what she decides.  She’s been a player, she’s been a pawn, now she must become a revolutionary and a soldier.  A leader.  The Mockingjay.

There is so much to say, but not much I can tell you about the book without spoiling things.  Mockingjay was a little emotionally draining and sometimes felt overwhelmingly sad, but I loved how, no matter how mournful and broken Katniss had become, she still had the strength and fire that made it impossible for her to walk away from this fight. 

I won’t lie.  The devastation, horror and hardships of war are front and center.  Bodies are thick on the ground, including one death that hit me surprisingly hard.  It’s amazing how you can feel so much for the characters through Katniss’ emotions – hatred of Snow, pain at 12’s destruction, righteous anger fueled by the Capitol’s cruelty, heartsick at Peeta’s treatment as a prisoner of war, and as always, conflicted and uncertain of who she’s become because of the things she’s had to do.   It’s grim at times, yes, but  there are also moments of kindness and connection, and in the end it’s a series about what people are capable of at their worst and at their best.  I thought it was an incredible end to the trilogy. 

The gripping finale to The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, is now available at the library.



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Leona Rusch  |  September 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Wow! Powerful review and right on the target.

  • 2. Top Books of 2010 « Winfield Library's Y.A. Blog  |  January 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    […] “Breaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer 4.  “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins (Read my review.) 5.  “Scat” by Carl Hiaasen 6.  “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins […]


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