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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzzane Collins

“There are much worse games to play.”

Synopsis From Book Jacket:

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.

Personal Thoughts:

Its been a week since I finished Mockingjay but it took me awhile to write a review. I love the first two books – I thought The Hunger Games was a great start to the series and Catching Fire is a good sequel but with Mockingjay I’m a bit disappointed. It is still a gripping read with twist and turns but it lost the consistency from the first two books.

Katniss in The Hunger Games is selfless and brave, in Catching Fire she is responsible and more mature but in Mockingjay she is passive all throughout. She was used as a representative to the revolution but she don’t make her own stand. Being a mocking doesn’t give her much substance to do. She goes to war doing what other people want her to do. She is confuse most of the time. She doubt everything and everyone around her. Peeta was not himself most of the book. But I’m glad that he recover from tracker venom hijacking in the end. I would be more frustrated if this book turn out different for him. And while he was captured and under torture he still manage to devised a plan to make sure Katniss is safe. He still protect her from the Capitol. President Snow is just another paper-thin villain character.

The ending seems rushed. Many dies but everything happened too fast that I didn’t even got the chance to sympathize for them. Even how Prim was killed was unti-climatic. It was sad but not powerful enough to full an emotion. If buttercup (Prim’s pet cat) didn’t show up at district 12 to Katniss I would never felt that Prim was really gone. Katniss mother’s decision to leave Katniss is not realistic, given the fact that she wants to forget Prim tragic ending it is still not believable they will parted ways permanently. Afterall Katniss is the only one left to her. Gale exits to Katniss life was abrupt and strange. I still chooses Peeta for Katniss but it did bother me that there wasn’t really any resolution between Gale and Katniss at the end of the book. It is not convincing enough that Gale would just give up Katniss and leave just like that. I expect that he would have fight to be with Katniss or made some sacrifices but instead he was just disposes at the end of the book with little explanation.

As I’ve said I want Peeta for Katniss and I’m happy that they end up together. It was how I always hoped it would end but the way it was executed seemed very undefined. There’s no satisfaction in it. Collins just throw everything in the end, she keeps on telling what happened to everyone but we didn’t see nor feel it.

Overall, this book is action packed like the first two books but it is my least favorite from the series. If there is one thing worth delving in Mockingjay, it is still the philosophical questions that the books raised throughout the series. The Hunger Games world is a nice window to understand our own culture.

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4 thoughts on “Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzzane Collins

  1. I’ve read the trilogy several months back. I also read quite a number of reviews showing their disappointment with this last book in the Hunger Games Series.

    Personally, I felt that its strengths lie in the philosophical/moral quandaries that Katniss faced somewhere in the end – I like how the face of the revolution and the fact that ‘while things change, they remain the same’ has consistently been emphasized in the narrative, even more so in this last book. I still think that while there may be a few loose ends, I can’t imagine a different ending that would not be true to its dystopian/chaotic nature that kind of brings everything back to itself – as you end one thing, you begin another thing – not necessarily very different from the old one that you tried to eradicate. I also enjoyed the twists in the story. =) I’m glad that you found the time to review all three. I wanted to but I knew I couldn’t possibly manage it. Haha. Too rich.

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    1. I got a feeling that I need to re-read this book. I love the series as a whole, I love the first book and enjoy the sequel but it seems that I rushed reading this one. I got that problem sometimes, rushing a series to see how it all ends. And I must admit there’s were some expectations in play here. But still I love the whole series.

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  2. I personally loved all 3 books. But have definitely read a few people who were disappointed in book 3. I guess when you end a series you can’t please everyone. I actually liked how it ended.

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