Friday, December 6, 2019

Review (re-read): Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

Author: Suzanne Collins
Started reading: October 27th 2019
Finished the book: December 1st 2019
Pages: 390
Genres: YA, Dystopian
Published: August 24th 2010
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.03
My score:
Synopsis
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.



My thoughts
I think that the first time that I read this series, the final book was my least favorite one. Now that I've read it again, I think that this final book is my favorite in the series. I like the way the book doesn't have a sappy, happy ending. I felt like it was a great way of closure and all the storylines were ended in the right way. 

Pros
  • Real war: The three books are slowly building up towards a big war between the capitol and the districts. If you read between the lines, you can definitely feel it bubble below the surface in the second book. The second book ends with something spectacular and in this final book things spin out of control and a huge war is raging in Panem. The feeling of the real war was very well portrayed, with action scenes, deaths, hard choices and characters that have to fear for their lives.
  • Cruel: The things that happened in the two books before this one, were sometimes very cruel and that was a big part of this book as well. The capitol doesn't shy away to do everything to reach their goal. The thing they did to Peeta really shocked me and that was one of the hardest things to cope with. This book results in shocking plot twists and a lot of your favorite characters dying.
  • Deaths: I'm a big fan of series that end with some of your beloved characters dying. Think of Harry Potter or Game of Thrones. Usually there is a big war, and a big war can result in harsh deaths. I can appreciate authors that don't shy away from something like that.
  • Ending: I remember that I didn't really like the ending when I read this book the first time. Now that I've read it a second time, I really like the ending. Like I said, it doesn't feel sappy and happy, because that wouldn't fit the story. The ending is sad and good at the same time and that's what made this such a strong trilogy. 
Cons
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Overall
A great trilogy that's easy to get through. Sadly I didn't had that much time to read in November, but when I had time, I was stumbling back into the story and I could easily devour 40 pages at a time. If you like Dystopian books and are not afraid of action, war and losing favorite characters, you should read this series!

Other opinions on this book
"Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire."
- Entertainment Weekly

"Unfolding in Collins' engaging, intelligent prose and assembled in to chapters that end with didn't-see-that-coming cliffhangers, this finale is every bit the pressure cooker of its forebears. Mockingjay is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games."
- Los Angeles Times

Memorable quotes from this book
"You love me. Real or not real?"
I tell him, "Real."

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

"What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again."

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