Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The third and final book of the Hunger Games series, we find Katniss, the survivor of not one but two Hunger Games, homeless as her district 12 has been destroyed and many of the people she grew up with that did not escape are feared to be dead.
Katniss and her family have been moved to district 13, as well as Gale and his, a district that up until recently, was considered to not exist. While being fed and clothed, there is not much freedom. Katniss is still unsure if Peeta is dead or alive, tortured or well…. and this haunts her knowing whatever is fate has been because of her.
As the unrest continues to rise in Katniss, she is continuously called on to fight as a rebel – a title she is not sure she has the strength to take on….or even wants. yet as The Capital continues to taunt her, trying to call her out she knows she and only she – can become the Mockingjay.
I have not been as excited about a book coming out since the final book of the Harry Potter Series. On that release day, I had taken the day off of work – and waiting on my back deck for the delivery of my treasured book. I had pre-ordered because I thought we were going to be out-of-town and did not want to miss my chance of having a book waiting for me. Around 10 am I was cursing out the UPS man for the torture brought into my life and considering driving around to see if I could still get a copy at any of our near by books stores – when I discovered it had been delivered and was neatly tucked in between the main door and the screen door to my home.
In a word? Bliss.
I was just as eager for Mockingjay, and maybe part of that was I remember the excitement of the Harry Potter books that to this day I have not been able to match and continuously find myself jonesing for that book or series that will take me back to where I can hardly wait to turn the page yet I am afraid to turn the page as that takes me closer tot he end….
This review will be spoiler free, as you will see below I have the spoiler button in use, all fueled up and ready to go. That will be where you can enter to talk more deeply about this book in a safe environment – and I hope you do, as I want to talk and talk about Mockingjay.
I never could make up my mind between Team Peeta and Team Gale – both had qualities I liked and I entered into this read without a strong sense of one or the other, but always the independent woman that I am – I didn’t even mind if she walked away from them both. I know many readers would disagree with me there.
The beginning of the book brings you up to speed as to where we are all at this time. A few things have happened between books – and Katniss is torn as to what to do now. Her family is safe, but at what cost? She is being asked to play yet another role that she is not sure she wants any part of – at 17 she is tired and broken.
I enjoyed how Susanne Collins starts the book, while it is a bit slow and filled with details that may bother the eager reader, I didn’t mind it as I didn’t really want it to end. And no worries, there is plenty of action, plenty of old characters and new and when the book takes off – we are all literally on the run.
There are surprises along the way and that is what I will discuss more in the spoiler section. I highly recommend the series and encourage you if you have not already to get your hands on Hunger Games and find out for yourself the magic within this series. I like books that are not cookie cutter copies of a story that I have already read and Suzanne Collins really takes this series out of the typical ring and makes it unique and memorable.
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