The month of May has proven to be a very active one for me-reading wise. I rarely can say that I have finished four books in one month. Usually, my reading appetite is not so easily fed because most of the times I find myself in reading slumps that are horrible to get over. But I discovered that once I read a good book, I want to read more and more, it is just too bad that time isn’t so kind to allow me this luxury.
Anyway, I am writing this review exactly after I have finished the third book of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, so that the novel is fresh in my mind. As I am used to by now, I will write the review in two parts, one without spoilers and one with them, where I get to hype away. I wanted to post other two reviews before this one but I felt like I couldn’t wait anymore!
Here is the synopsis for the people that haven’t read the third book yet.
My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.
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.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.
*SPOILERLESS PART OF THE REVIEW*
Obviously, I cannot give too much away in this part but I can say that this book was amazing. You can figure that out by the time it took me to finish this book, which was impressively little. I just couldn’t let myself put it down. It is the one book that gripped me the most from the whole series. So I can assure every single one of you that you will enjoy this book. It is by far, my favorite from the whole series.
The writing style hasn’t changed for Suzanne Collins, however I did dislike a very important aspect in her novel. I would like to go into detail about it, but I will in the next part. However, I can say that I thought the ending was too abrupt and I was waiting for some more pages to magically appear in front of me. In this third installment of the series I fell even more in live with the characters and it was really hard for me to say goodbye to them. Collins, didn’t shy away from describing everything to the smallest detail, including the characters and everything related to them.
I am maybe one of the happiest people that the book will be split in two parts so that the directors can get more content in the movies, and maybe resolve my problem with the ending of this extraordinary novel. Also, I cannot wait to see the movies because from what the content of the book holds, I can feel that the movies will be blockbusters without any doubt. The special effects that can and will be used to create these movies will blow up everyone’s mind. Just you wait and see.
I really don’t have enough words to praise this book and series. I cannot do anything else but recommend it to everyone who loves a gripping story that will have you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the very end.
Without question, I give this book 5 stars out of 5. I would like to give it a gazillion if I could!!!
*SPOILER FULL PART OF THE REVIEW*
I really like this part of the reviews more because I can express my feelings a lot more freely and I can get more into details about what I enjoyed the most in the book. Also, I have been taking notes whilst I was reading the book so I remember key moments that really touched me in some ways.
Firstly, it was probably in the first few chapters where Katniss visits District 12. I didn’t think I would be so touched about that, but apparently I got pretty attached to it. Also, right at the beginning Finnick’s and Katniss’s condition. Especially Finnick’s!! I really like his character and reading/imagining him suffering was killing me! Also, the rules in District 13 remind me of what my mother used to tell me about the communism in Romania before 1989. All those strict rules and punishments from District 13 are very accurate with the stories I’ve been told.
Right at the end of part 1 in the book, where Peeta -in a horrible condition- gives a speech with President Snow and he says “District thirteen..dead by morning”, and they beat him up, that was a moment where I thought that he won’t make it out alive!
I liked Finnick right from the beginning. Of course, his looks in the movie helped a lot, but when he told his story in Mockingjay I fell in love. I mean, the poor soul! That crazy mofo Snow sold his body and if Finnick would not accept the person he loved the most would have died. I mean, how can you not love this extraordinary character?
By now we all now in what condition poor Peeta is. And when Coin sends him in the “Star Squad”, I make up my mind about President Coin, she’s a bi***!! When the squad’s commander died, Boggs, I cried. He wasn’t a character from the beginning of the series but he has a huge impact in the last book and he grew on me. Before this point in the book, the story line was pretty easy to follow, but from here on, I had a bit of difficulty to imagine all those pods the Capitol had scattered around and all the locations that were described. This is why I cannot wait for the movies. Until now, the first two books were easy to imagine because I had seen the movies before reading them, but now I did find it kinda difficult to follow.
I knew this moment would arrive. I’ve been spoiled so I wasn’t expecting any tears running down my face, even less them pouring down my face! Finnick was just killed by those freaking huge mutant reptile thingies. I swear that I was so sad about that that I had to take a short break so I could get my emotions back in check.
Like that death wasn’t enough, Prim died as well. This was a real shock to me. I was told about Finnick’s death, but I wouldn’t have thought about Prim’s in a million years!!! I was so shocked that I had to take another break and drink a glass of water to calm myself down.
When the time came for President Snow to die , I was pretty disappointed! I was very,very glad that Katniss decided to kill President Coin as well, but I wish she had put an arrow through Snow as well. When he laughed about Coin being shot, I honestly wanted Katniss to go get another arrow and shoot it through his eye, just how she does when she goes hunting!!! But we don’t always get what we want. *sigh*.
Before the epilogue Katniss wanted to write about her memories, so she wrote about “Lady licking Prim’s cheek. My father‘s laugh. Peeta’s father with the cookies. The color of Finnick’s eyes. What Cinna could do with a length of silk. Boggs reprogramming the Holo. Rue poied on the toes, arms slightly extended, like a bird about to take flight.[…]the photo of Finnick and Annie’s newborn son“. That was such an emotional part. If I hadn’t cried so much at the deaths of Finnick and Prim, I would have had more tears to shed for it. Well, I had some anyway.
I cannot wait to see the movie and see what special effects they will use to make Katniss and Peeta look burned and I just…want to see how they will manage to make them look so torn apart like the book describes them.
When the book ended, like I said before I was expecting some more pages to appear. The epilogue was too abrupt for my taste. It felt like the author was rushing through it. It definitely didn’t feel like an appropriate ending and more like another book will be coming out. In my opinion an epilogue should be longer than two pages. I feel that the readers, or at least I didn’t get enough closure. I have so many questions unanswered and want to know so much about what happened to so many characters such as Effie, Haymitch, Annie and her child, the prep team, Gale’s family and so on.
Also, I wanted to read more about Katniss’s and Peeta’s relationship. I know this wasn’t a romance story per se, but when they finally get together we roughly get a page of them together, which is totally unfair. Besides, their children are honestly described in one line. That’s it….of course I think it is not enough!!!
I am definitely hoping that they will make a better ending in the movies. Because of the decision to brake the movie Mockingjay in two parts, they have more spaces and more possibilities to make a better ending with a proper closure. I am not exaggerating when I say that this novel feels unfinished.
Besides the disappointing ending, I think that this was the best book in the series. Whilst the others took me a week to finish each, I finished Mockingjay in two days-maybe 6 hours if you cut all the breaks and the time I took to sleep. Haha! It felt amazing to read this book before I saw the movie. Even if I’m still a bit confused about the ending, I will be even more excited to see the movie now that I know what to expect. I just hope I won’t be disappointed in the movie as well, as I was with the ending.
As I said before, I recommend this book to everyone!!! Especially people who lived The Hunger Games and Catching fire, and to everyone that loves the dystopian genre!
May the odds be ever in you favor!!!