Book Review – Mockingjay

Mockingjay is about the revolution spurred by Katniss Everdeen’s survival of not one, but two Hunger Games appearances. As a band of rebels plot to overthrow the Capitol, they need a symbol, a leader, a revolutionizer, a Mockingjay. Can Katniss be the Mockingjay they need, changing the course of Panem forever? Can she put aside her past for a greater future? Can they overthrow the Capitol who’s killed their children and exploited their resources?

Naturally, the third and final book of the Hunger Games series should come next. Check out my review of books one and two if you haven’t already!

Book 7:
Mockingjay
by Suzanne Collins

Genre:
Young Adult, Fiction, Dystopian

Published:
August 2010

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers (except that this is the third book in a series and I can’t give a synopsis without alluding to the previous books), Mockingjay is about the revolution spurred by Katniss Everdeen’s survival of not one, but two Hunger Games appearances. As a band of rebels plot to overthrow the Capitol, they need a symbol, a leader, a revolutionizer, a Mockingjay. Can Katniss be the Mockingjay they need, changing the course of Panem forever? Can she put aside her past for a greater future? Can they overthrow the Capitol who’s killed their children and exploited their resources?

Favorite Quote(s):
Again, I can’t say this is an incredibly quotable book, but alas:

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”

– Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

Awards (based upon my brief research):
Locus Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Book (2011)
Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee for Teen Choice Book of the Year (2011)
Andre Norton Award Nominee for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (2010)
DABWAHA Romance Tournament for Best Young Adult Romance (2011)
Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book, Young Adult Fantasy, Favorite Heroine, and Favorite Hero (2010)

Pages:
392

My Overall Rating:
3.5 – What I did love about this book was the resolution. It was a series ending and it left me feeling good about things. Of course I still loved the characters and watching their roles/personalities develop. But here’s where I got hung up… Was this a book about marketing? Because the propos aspect… laughable. I think we could have skipped the first half of the book and cut to the chase.

So the series as a whole? I would have to go 4.25. Though I never give quarter stars, my average ratings for the three books comes out to roughly 4.25, and it seems appropriate to me. Yes, it’s a must read series. Yes, my 2012 self was wrong.

Book Review – Catching Fire

Catching Fire is about the after-effect of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mallark’s victory in the 74th Hunger Games. Despite all odds, the pair came out of the games together, “in love”, and fueling an unrest in the 12 districts of Panem on the brink of their victory tour. Amongst the political turmoil, Katniss faces an inner turmoil as well. Can she give off the appearance that she loves Peeta for the Capitol’s sake? Has she lost Gale forever? Has she lost herself?

Well naturally I’m going from The Hunger Games to Catching Fire. As previously mentioned, this was a Little Free Library find and a book I’m about 10 years late to the party for. Oops!

Book 6:
Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins

Genre:
Young Adult, Fiction, Dystopian

Published:
September 2009

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, Catching Fire is about the after-effect of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mallark’s victory in the 74th Hunger Games. Despite all odds, the pair came out of the games together, “in love”, and fueling an unrest in the 12 districts of Panem on the brink of their victory tour. Amongst the political turmoil, Katniss faces an inner turmoil as well. Can she give off the appearance that she loves Peeta for the Capitol’s sake? Has she lost Gale forever? Has she lost herself?

Favorite Quote(s):
Again, though the rating will be high, I can’t say this is an incredibly quotable book, but alas:

“I really can’t think about kissing when I’ve got a rebellion to incite.”

– Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

Awards (based upon my brief research):
Goodreads Choice Awards Young Adult Series (2009)
Goodreads Choice Awards All-Time Favorite (2009)

Pages:
391

My Overall Rating:
4.5 – This book had a slower start than the first. There were parts I had to re-read in order to understand once I got into the thick of it. Still, as a whole, I have to go 4.5, because the story is gold. I love where Collins took it from the last book, and I’m curious to see where she’ll take it in the next!