Mockingjay Review

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)
by Suzanne Collins
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Scholastic Press
Review by Amber I


Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.

My Thoughts.... (this does contain some spoilers)

Okay. I did like the book. ITs just I have a few things that just were not what I wanted... Heres my list:

Well I loved Gale, I wanted her to be with him. I could have been okay with her being with Peeta as long as I knew Gale was okay and that they were still close. But at the end, he just disappeared. I didn't like that at all. It was so unlike him not to come back to 12 to see her. I didn't like how he was just phased out in the end. I think this was my biggest problem.
I loved Gale. I at least would have liked them to be friends again. I think she was too hard on him. I mean how many people died from plans she thought of? And her mom should have at least been there for her daughter a little. You'd think she see that as important after losing her husband and daughter. But like I said I get what you are saying and I even see it. It still doesn't make it what I want. Really the mom thing is something so little compared to Gale. I just wanted him around somehow. ANd I wanted them to be okay.

Of coarse Prim dying was horrible.And I was so freaking sad about Finnick. He was one of my favorite characters. I really really didn't want that to happen. I think his death was the hardest on me. I mean Prim was really sad too. But for some reason Finnicks death broke my heart. All the others that died I got over. But these 2 were hard. I liked how no one was safe. But still these were hard. But I can accept it.

I didn't like how her mom pretty much abandoned her in the end. They were all they had left and her mom wouldn't come and take care of her daughter that has been put through hell and back. I know it would be hard for her to come back to 12, but you would think she'd do it for her own daughter.

Those were why I am not sure yet how I feel. But I liked so much too. The war scenes felt real. They didn't sugar coat it and make the good guys always win with no difficulty. Even when they won a battle it was with great loss. It wasn't near misses but actual hits. It was great.

I guess too I liked how no one really won. Yes there was a winner but did they really win? They lost so much. It seemed like a lot of the districts are destroyed, there were way too many casualties. It was really just sad at the end. I think if she didn't kill Coin it would have been the same thing as with Snow. SHe was already wanting to do a Hunger Games. That was a really good point to the story. When you are at war, its literally people killing people and so so many die, the good guys, the bad guys, innocent people, elderly and kids. It was really really sad.

Oh and I knew Cinna was dead but I was still sad from losing him. ALso I didn't like how no one was really mourned. Her team, Boggs, Cinna, Finnick. We know they died but there wasn't too much emotion coming from anyone. It was quick and then we moved on.

It was a strong and powerful book, one I will be thinking about for a long time!!!!


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