Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

 Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Title: Mockingjay

Author: Suzanne Collins

Number of Pages: 390

Genre: YA Dystopian

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary From Cover: Katniss Everdeen, 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.

Discussion: I actually really enjoyed Mockingjay. You’re probably thinking, what the heck?! And I know. I know. I’m weird. But I really did like this book. Why?

  • Katniss. Another weird thing. But I liked her a bit more in this last book than the ones before. Although she is…crazed at some points in the book, I feel like she makes more rational decisions in Mockingjay.

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  • The writing. I feel like Collins’s writing had a bit of development throughout the trilogy. In the beginning, I really disliked it. The sentences were short and clipped, in my opinion. In Catching Fire, the sentences loosen up and her style shifts. In the final instalment, I think her writing flows more and is fluid.

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  • The action. The first time I read Mockingjay, I didn’t fully understand where the action took place, what was happening, stuff like that. This time I paid more attention and was able to follow it better. I feel like it was depicted in a really great way; I could see every moment.

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  • Gale. Or rather, Gale!. We finally get to see more of Gale in this book, which I loved. Because Gale is WAAAAAY better than Peeta, and while it is somewhat confusing, I love his relationship with Katniss. I totally ship them.

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As you can see, I loved Mockingjay a lot. But it still had its flaws.

  • Peeta. I really don’t like him.
  • Some parts were slow. But I pushed through!
  • The writing. While it improved, I didn’t love it.
  • A death of someone. I cannot say more without spoiling.

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