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Monday, 7 May 2012

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ★★★★

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Genre: YA dystopian, science fiction
Series: Hunger Games #3
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
ISBN: 0439023513
Page Count: 390

MY NAME IS KATNISS EVERDEEN.

WHY AM I NOT DEAD?

I SHOULD BE DEAD.

Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost. Katniss must now choose save the man she loves or save her home. And is the love real, or not?

Review:

So, we come to the end of this brilliantly gripping trilogy and I ask myself the question, am I satisfied with how it ended?

Answer: yes.

Second question: does that mean it ends with all happy hearts and flowers and dancing unicorns?

Answer: what do you think? This is dystopian fiction, and when you are talking about changing the "bigger picture", not just the characters' immediate futures, these things don't happen overnight.

Still, Collins certainly puts her readers through the emotional mill and goes out with a bang. I actually think she was maybe a little too ruthless and bloodthirsty in some areas, but, hey, I guess she was just keeping it real. We never would have bought the whole unicorn thing anyway...

Here are some of my favourite non-spoilery quotes:

 “They'll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you.”


 “I think...you still have no idea. The effect you can have.”


 “Never underestimate the power of a great stylist.”


 “Well, don't expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.” 


A fantastic end to a fantastic trilogy. Bravo!

4 Stars! ★★★★

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