Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mockingjay Review... with nothing you can't read if you haven't read the book!

It was with intense pleasure that I was sold my copy of Mockingjay late Monday night (technically first thing Tuesday morning).  At 1 am I was back home and in bed reading the first chapter, and this afternoon I wrapped up the whirlwind story with really only two work days to interrupt my read through.  I even had  the hubby get take out last night, I flatly refused to put down the book to cook.

Now there is nothing worse then stumbling into info you didn't want to know before getting there yourself, so I'm even going to forgo my usual brief synopsis of the gist of the story.  Suffice it to say if you've read the first two, you know where this is going, and if you haven't read the first two... what in heavens name have you been reading??! Have you looked at the Internet recently??  Get out there and read this series already!

I will tell you I was nothing but happy with how Suzanne Collins masterfully wrapped out the story.  It was everything it needed to be, and although it left me profoundly sad in some ways, I also feel like she accomplished exactly what she said she was going to do, write a story foremost about war.  And if you feel slightly burnt out by the end then it's as it should be, nobody escapes easily in war after all.

Prim, Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Finnick, Beetee, Haymitch, Johanna, Annie, Rue, President Snow, even Buttercup were all so very well developed and fleshed out.  Suzanne used everyone of them to show the capacity for good and evil inherit in everyone and how extreme circumstances bring out the most surprising  things in everyone.  Between the Games and the Rebellion she repeatedly shows us how survival means a very different thing for each person, but in the end it's what we're all doing, whether for  ourselves or for others.

With her final Hunger Games book Suzanne Collins has proved she has remarkable skills in both writing an engrossing and engaging story and finishing it in a satisfying way, which is no small thing for any multi-part series.  I walked away equal parts sad and hopeful, but without any of that unpleasant lingering aftertaste a poorly wrapped out story with lots of build can leave behind.  It'll take a few days more to digest, and hopefully the hubby will have caught up to me by then so I can see what he thinks, because there is nothing better than sharing your feelings without worrying about ruining the ending! But since the comments to this post can't be seen unless you click on it, then by all means, share what you thought with me! I'm dying to know what you thought.

Mockingjay, By Suzanne Collins
Published by Scholastic, August 2010

For more reviews and opinions see the following:
Presenting Lenore
DeRaps Reads
Mistress of the Library
Book Reviews from Inside and Igloo
The Compulsive Reader
Green Bean Teen Queen
The Story Siren
Mundie Moms


  1. I loved every moment of the book, and cried probably at every chapter and death. The ending seemed like the best one, with no flashy stuff, just the scars and nightmares of the war, the pain. Of course I am happy of who Katniss ended up with, I was all for him. And even the leave of the other (don't want to spoil DX ) seemed right given the consequence. Some may think it was wrong for him to just go but there wasn't any way to make it better and he knew.
    Ohh, fudge, now I have tears in my eyes :((.

  2. yes the whole Gale resolution was really the culmination of what had to come which appreciated. Katniss's comment that Gale's fire matched her own was very apt. I was very weepy when the other victor died by the mutts!

  3. What was missing was a litter of Buttercup kittens, LOL!

  4. Thanks for linking my review! I agree, kleenex should have made a marketing deal with them and sold the book/kleenex bundle!! My hubby had the unfortunate timing to have to wait for me to finish it before I would relenquish the book. lol He is now spending today in bed reading. Our family has been living on Taco John's and Subway since Friday. :)

  5. Lenore- YES! right on the nose!! Buttercup kittens, we should lobby for a reprint with Buttercup kittens.

    Mistress of the Library- My hubby just finished it last night (had to wait for me too!) thank god I do the cooking or we really would have eaten out all week!

  6. I also walked away from Mockingjay feeling equal parts sadness and hopefulness, which seemed like a beautiful and impressively appropriate ending for that trilogy. I completely loved it from start to finish (even when it was breaking my heart). I can totally relate to your feelings about waiting for your husband to finish reading it so you could discuss it with him. I read Mockingjay aloud to my husband in the days after I'd finished it (with a few breaks for tears when I just couldn't read another word aloud without bursting into tears). And I actually thought the book was even more amazing the second time through. :)

    Violet @ The Eager Readers

  7. Yes i'm eagerly waiting for my copies of Hunger Games and Catching Fire to make their way back to me so that I can do a read through of the whole series without breaks. I love to do that when a good series ends, just to see how it all comes together as a full story. JK Rowling was the Queen of that!

  8. i dont know, but the ending seemed too rushed for me. almost like she got tired of writing.
    they just "told" us what became of everyone.
    I loved Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but Mockingjay was just so-so to me :(