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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Re-thinking My Negative Feelings and Criticisms Towards “The Hunger Games”

I know, a long title. A mouthful.

Ever since I completed The Hunger Games trilogy in the spring of 2014, I have disliked it. I didn’t like the writing style of Suzanne Collins, I thought the second and third books were unnecessary–I didn’t even like Katniss! [Notice this is all past tense.] But I recently popped over to Musings From Neville’s Navel to read Engie’s newest post about THG. It was her reaction to the trailer for Mockingjay Part 1. She included the trailer in her post, so I thought, well, why don’t I watch it? I haven’t seen the first two movies, but I’d seen the first movie trailer.

This trailer, though.

As soon as it finished, I was just, OMG; I have to see this. I have been told the movies are better than the books, a rare occurrence in book-to-movie adaptations, so maybe I should just watch the movies! But then I decided to give them a second chance. Why?

Here is a Pros and Cons list for THG.

Pros:

  • Sweet little Prim.
  • The plot is unique.
  • I actually liked the first book!
  • There is [mostly] constant action.

Cons:

  • I dislike the writing.
  • Some parts are slow.
  • In Mockingjay, Katniss spends a good amount of time in a basement. Doing nothing.
  • How time passes is weird.
  • I don’t like Katniss.
  • I don’t like Peeta.
  • I don’t like the Districts.
  • The second and third books are unnecessary.
  • I was really confused in some parts!

As you can see, the cons overwhelm the pros. But I am willing to give it a second chance! I am just that type of person!

As soon as my TBR list as been…read a bit more, I’ll buy THG and reread them. Maybe I’ll get them for my birthday…? [Which, BTW, is October 24. Frankly, all I want is to celebrate with my bestest bloggy friends, but I doubt that will happen…]

Here is the trailer:

What are your reactions to the trailer? Will you be watching Mockingjay Part 1? Of so, are you going when it first comes out, the premiere, or just when you feel like it? Tell me in the comments below. [There is more of this post, BTW.]

I just realized…September is fading away! Quite fast, actually. And that means October, my absolute favorite month of the year. Because where I live, the weather gets warm-ish, but not too warm like this week, there’s Halloween [a.k.a. Fangirls Unite!], and…my birthday!!! Which I mentioned above. It’s on the 24th, exactly a week before Halloween. October is actually a pretty exciting month this year.

Oct. 6: Start of fall break!

Oct. 7: The Blood of Olympus comes out! YAAAY!!!

Oct. 13: I meet Marissa Meyer! YAAAAY!!!

Oct. 14: End of fall break, a.k.a. school, which is pretty fun. I’ll miss it by then.

Oct. 24: My birthday!

Oct. 30: My friend Celeste’s birthday!

Oct. 31: Halloween!

The Blood of Olympus comes out during fall break, I just realized. That is good and bad. Good, because I don’t have to wear my uniform and can wear orange/blue instead (!!!), but bad because we might not be at home. We might be in a cabin, camping, without WiFi. :( Better check with my parents. ‘Cuz I have to do a major fangirling post on that day.

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This post was supposed to be about THG…Oh, well. :P

And: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DANYA!!! YOU ARE A TOTALLY AWESOME PERSON AND I AM SO GLAD I’M YOUR FRIEND AND THAT YOU’RE BACK FROM DENMARK.

Are you looking forward to anything in October? Tell me in the comments below.

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