Sunday, June 5, 2011

Review'd: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

**SPOILER ALERT!** Between my own review and the Goodreads Summary we sort of ruin both the first and the second book in this series so please do not read either unless you have already read them or do not care to know what happened. Thanks!

Book Review:
Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Published: August 24th 2010 by Scholastic Press
Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Summary:
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.

Delibrarie (Nichole) Review:
I loved this book. If you're going to read The Hunger Games series, you do it for this book. It was the best of the three in my opinion.
Collins did a great job of consistently portraying Katniss throughout. Her nightmares and the constant details of what she looked like all helped to remind us of what she has been through and why she is even more emotionally and physically unstable at times. I like how all of the relationships are fully explored and explained and how they all come to their own little ending. I appreciated how each character had their own history that was always explained and how their personalities were all so unique and realistic.
I also liked how so many people died. While I was just as attached to those characters as Katniss was, and so I HATED to see them go, it made the story seem more realistic. Just because a character knows the hero/herione doesn't mean they are safe from death or harm and yet usually everyone important survives. In this book, not many survived. I appreciated that.
I also like how the ending came to a nice stop, leaving everything finalized and explained so you know why Katniss ended up with who she did, etc... I really enjoyed the ending and how the epilogue gave the reader a little peak into what happens after everything is all said and done. I felt so attached to Katniss and her world that I was grateful to have that little bit to know that she lived her life happily even though we as readers don't get to continue living it with her.
The writing was beautiful and the story was just as gory as the previous ones but I liked that consistency and the detail of it to make it the most heart-wrenching of all. This story calls to something deep inside of you and makes you appreciate life and those you love all the more. It also gives you a good look into the cruelty of humans and the unpredictability of life. You never know what will happen and you never know how you, as one little person, will influence things.

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