Monday, 16 January 2012

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games # 3) by Suzanne Collins - Book Review

Title: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games # 3)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 455
Format: Paperback
Genre: YA / Dystopia
Source: Xmas Gift

Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding. (Goodreads Synopsis)

So, the Games are now over and what did I think? I must confess I was rather surprised by the ending as it was very different than most YA books. Collins seems to have rejected HEA in favour of a continuing semi-dystopia.

I did feel the final couple of chapters were a little rushed and there were some slow patches again in this book, but overall it was a fitting end to a good series.

It was interesting to see the characters as they changed. Gale becomes quite dark, more so even than Peeta with his hijacking issues. I did have some reservations about Katniss in this book as I felt some aspects of her character went a little over the top. But it all came together in the end.

If you wanted a completely happy ending then you might be disappointed. But otherwise this is a powerful and thought-provoking conclusion to the trilogy.

1 comment:

  1. I read it later than most of my blogging friends, so I had already heard from a couple of reviews that the ending was not HEA.

    I think my biggest struggle was with the changes you described in Gale and Peeta's characters. I had wanted Gale and Katniss to end up together--but as Gale changed I became less sure.

    I agree with you that this trilogy was powerful and thought-provoking.