Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins [Review]

** Please assume this review will contain spoilers for all books in the series but particularly Mockingjay **

So, how to talk about this one? I have a feeling this might be a bit disjointed. 😉 So I’ll start by saying I LOVED THE BOOK.

From some of the reactions I’ve seen, others thoughts have been mixed on this the conclusion to The Hunger Games trilogy. I think we were expecting a crusading Mockingjay, with Katniss storming through the districts, rescuing Peeta and defeating the big bad President Snow. What we got was somewhat different.

And after reading this one, an ‘avenging angel’ Katniss would have been wrong, this was a much more powerful read.

What we got was a Katniss who was still not in control of her life, a fragile girl only able to ‘flame’ in snatches, what she would have ridden through in book one puts her in hospital in book three.

I was utterly appalled by what President Snow did to Peeta, it was utterly heartbreaking and painful to watch the fallout both for Peeta and Katniss

And yet she could still ‘flame’ when she needed to finding the strength from somewhere when others would have long since given up, but in the end she was still just a passenger in the revolution, subject to the machinations of others.

I was at times reminded of Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, not just because it was the last book in a dystopian trilogy with teenagers playing an important part in a war, pulled between two rival leaders, but, because in slightly different ways they paint the harsh brutality of war in an incredibly powerful way.

There’s no way to come away from either book without being affected by what you’ve just read.

A brilliant end to the series.

And if you’ve read this far past the spoiler warning, I have no qualms in declaring: YAY! TEAM PEETA! 😀

I’m not going to point out other reviews, because… Hey! you can’t move around the blogosphere without  tripping over one! 😉

Buy: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

When I finished reading the book at 2am the other morning I obviously wasn’t in any position to write anything like a coherent review, but I did want to get some initial thoughts down on paper (as it were). I thought you might like to see my very hastily written notes, written moments after putting the book down.

  • emotionally damaged
  • strained
  • weak/broken
  • never going to be the…
  • as they were never in full control. ever.
  • powerful
  • monsters of men
  • would she have actually forced another games? no i don’t think she would.
  • epilogue not about the children. 15 years b4 healed enough to be ready. mirroring slow recovery by world not wanting/unable to forget

17 thoughts on “Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins [Review]

  • April 16 at 11:57 am
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    It’s an interesting question: would Katniss really have gone through with another Hunger Games for the Capitol’s children? In honesty, the fact that she was happy to go along with it for even a moment seemed completely bizarre to me!

    My review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

  • November 13 at 3:26 pm
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    this book was amazing!! i love the book! but then…. i think the ending was HORRIBLE! it should not have ended the way it did… overall the book was a success but the ending… is…. well you get the picture

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  • September 20 at 2:59 am
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    Well, I was one of the ones who was disappointed by “Mockingjay” … but then again I wasn’t the biggest fan of the series from the get go. I think, upon review, I was attracted by the concept of the Hunger Games itself and it went downhill for me after the first book. Enjoyed reading your review though.

  • September 8 at 7:05 pm
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    I’m arriving a bit late to the party, but only finished it last night.

    My feelings about the ending were very similar to yours, as well as my guess about why so many people seemed to be disappointed. Katniss was a hero in the arena but out of her depth in the political games.

    What did you think about her voting in favor of the final Games? In a book I found very solid and coherent, I’m not sure about this one.

    • September 8 at 8:50 pm
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      I was surprised, but I think it was a decision made with raw grief still running through her, I don’t think she would have followed through with the decision.

    • September 23 at 5:31 am
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      Read the section for the “yes” vote over again – she wasn’t voting yes for revenge or grief – she wasn’t voting for a new Hunger Games at all…..in lieu of Bogg’s warning about not supporting Coin – she “carefully considered” her response – she had to have Coin believe she supported her.

      This is the only way she could stay close to Coin and ultimately take her out because she realized she was as evil as Snow. Haymitch says “I’m with the Mockingjay.”…not “I’m with Katniss” or even “yes.”

      …The Mockingjay is a reference to the leader of the rebellion – and the rebellion had one more act to finish. There was NO new Hunger Games after the assassination of Coin…

      Re-read this chapter and you will see very clearly that Katniss and Haymitch were NOT voting yes for a Hunger Games at all.

      • September 23 at 10:41 pm
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        Good point and not one I had considered before. Makes a lot of sense actually.

  • September 1 at 1:34 am
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    I love the list! It makes total sense and hits all the really big points.

    I have so many thoughts about this book and I think I’m a bit disappointed by it. Not because my expectations were so high but because they were so different. I am unabashedly Team Peeta and I’m glad Katniss ended up with him but I was still somewhat let down by the ending. I think mostly because it all felt so abrupt. We spent all this time building up to the big revolt and then in 2.5 chapters we revolted and barely rebuilt. We didn’t see much of the aftermath and for me that left me feeling a bit like the story was lacking in something.

    All in all, this is still my favorite dystopian series. I adore it to pieces and I would (and will) recommend it to one and all. Just wish it had gone a bit differently.

  • August 31 at 11:49 am
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    I had issues with the book (which I posted this morning) — and did not like the ending at all. There were too many issues that bothered me or rang untrue within the context. But I am so happy that you loved it.

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  • August 28 at 5:13 pm
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    I hadn’t thought about the Monsters of Men connection, but you are so right. Especially about the similarities with the manipulative leaders. It seemed like Katniss could never catch a break, someone was always using her for something.

    I loved the book, and thought it had more depth than the previous two books in the series.

  • August 28 at 4:44 pm
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    I loved Mockingjay too – and I love your review!

    I still need to process my thoughts a bit before I post mine – but I will say that I think that the epilogue was a perfect way to end the book with hope for the future. I’ll also say that I was always Team Peeta so I’m very pleased with that outcome – as well as feeling that it was real.

  • August 28 at 6:23 am
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    I loved it, too – and have been a bit surprised by the mixed reactions. I think you put it well -she is the Katniss that we would expect to see after what she’s been through. And because Collins wrote it that way, we have a book that speaks to the dynamics of war – the fact that even if you’re fighting for the “right” side, there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed, and that if you fight long enough, you become just like your enemy.

    I agree – I don’t think she intended to go along with another Hunger Games – I think she was saying whatever was expedient to get the meeting over with. And yes, Yay Team Peeta! I’ve seen some people who really didn’t like the epilogue, but I’m glad that Collins gave us that glimpse into their future, that she left us with that bit of hope.

  • August 27 at 11:47 pm
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    I love the idea of typing out those initial thoughts!

  • August 27 at 10:10 pm
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    I LOVED it too, Darren! (I also finished it at 2am and then, SLEPT).

    I didn’t love the ending/epilogue unreservedly. I had issues that Suzanne Collins told more than show what happened, although I understand she was conveying the effect it had on Katniss and that what happened was ultimately broke her.

    I also had an issue with the choice Katniss made to have children when she had been so adamant before not to bring children into the world. This is a subject I am conflicted about in real life; I realise that of course people can change their minds but I do not think that one partner should try to persuade the other to do something so momentous when they do/did not want to do. I am Team Peeta but I am Team Katniss more.

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