17 August 2011

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Book: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Pages: 390
Source: Bought with my own money
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Spoiler Free: Yes but summary isn't (But warning: there's a rant ahead)
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.

 Mockingjay is the final book in this exciting, suspenseful, and heart pounding trilogy. Unfortunately for me, Mockingjay was hardly any of the three. 

I'm just... disappointed. I thought Mockingjay would be the epic finale to all this madness, wrapping up all its loose ends, but it wasn't. My main problems in this book was Katniss and her love triangle which is a fail, how there wasn't any closure on the deaths that happened throughout the book, and how the action was really boring.

The love triangle had been built up to receive a final verdict as to who Katniss will be with as of her own accord, and the biggest point in this triangle is that Katniss didn't really get to choose. Her buddy boy was chosen for her! Mega UGH. The no closure on the deaths really upsetted me the most. Suzanne might as well have said, "______ dies." None of these deaths were tear-jerking or heart-breaking or even memorable, which really disappointed me because some of them were my favorite characters! 

One of the things that kept me going throughout the book was the writing. It's as amazingly fluid and addictive as ever. I applaud Suzanne for having mad writing skills; it's also one of the things that kept me going when I was reading HG and CF! 

The plot is really good. I think the whole plot of the book is the best way to end the trilogy. In my opinion, the only problem was that it was poorly presented. Instead of getting a nice epic-filled, action-packed package of awesome, I got something messy that I'm not even sure it's worthy enough to be deemed "the thrill-packed final installment".

The epilogue (or should I say "ending"? I'm not sure which to say) wrapped up beautifully. I don't want to say anything else in fear of spoiling. The final chapters leading up to this epilogue were in a lack of better words, a little less than decent. Katniss is just moping (which I don't blame her for, I'd be moping too) and at parts, I did feel for her, and at others, I didn't. I'm really mad that they didn't include or provide closure to a certain character at the end. Once again, Suzanne might as well have said, "_____ is living somewhere else."

In all, the Hunger Games trilogy is definitely an exciting read, but instead of the sequels getting better over time, they deteriorated. THG was awesome sauce. CF was awesome, but not enough to be awesome sauce. As for MJ... what happened to the awesome? Seriously, I'd love to know.

Cover Thoughts: Eh. Nothing special.
Recommendations: Seriously, read it if you already read HG and CF. This book has many mixed opinions on Goodreads, but unfortunately, mine leaned towards the negative side.
When can I buy this book?: Now, actually! It's been out for a while and I bought my copy at Walmart.

1 lovelies:

Extremo_Delirio said...

It seems you read my mind! I totally agree with you :)

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