Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (review copy) - WARNING! I cannot review this book without spoiling the previous books in the series. Do not read any further if you plan on reading The Hunger Games and Catching Fire and don't want spoilers.
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... The thrilling final instalment of this ground-breaking trilogy promises to be one of the most talked-about books of the year. From Amazon UK
After being reminded how amazing this series is when I finished Catching Fire, I immediately picked up Mockingjay and got stuck in*, and all I can say is wow!
I really don't know where to start. I cannot believe how much happened in this novel. I would be reading at later points in the book, and realise what Katniss was talking about happened earlier in Mockingjay, not in another book. Seriously, so much goes on, and it spans quite a period of time, I'm amazed it all fit in one book. And as you would hope for the finale in such a spectacular series, there is action and suspense like you wouldn't believe! And there is no way I can really talk about any of it without spoiling the story, because it starts right from the beginning.
Katniss' journey in Mockingjay is probably a lot more chaotic than in previous ones. The range of emotions she goes through, the thing she has to witness and experience, the choices she has to make, the goals she achieves - it's just phenomenal, especially when you think that she is just 17 and has been forced into this life. She might just be one of my favourite protagonists, I love her!
As the book is the finale, things are resolved. We find out if Katniss chooses Peeta or Gale. We find out whether the Capitol is beaten or not. Did Mockingjay end how I wanted it to? I'm not sure, simply because I couldn't think of an ending I wanted. This series is just so complicated and so real, I couldn't picture an ending. But my god, what an end to the series! I really don't know what to say. I absolutely loved it, and I think Suzanne Collins is just a genius. This has got to be one of the best series ever written.
*As a lot of bloggers were all posting their reviews around the same time, I have held mine back. But I did read Mockingjay closer to it's release date.
Thank you to Scholastic for sending me a review copy.
Published: 25th August 2010
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Suzanne Collins' Website
The Hunger Games UK Site
My reviews of the other books in the series:
The Hunger Games on Ink and Paper
So Many Books, So Little Time
Empire of Books
The Crooked Shelf