Mockingjay

Posted May 10th, 2012 by in *Review / 14 comments

Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: August 2010
Classification: YA Novel

Summary from Goodreads:

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 plains–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.

My Thoughts:

Never since Luminous or Silas has a book had me so enthralled in something that sucks so badly. I am not lying to you whatsoever….If this book was a person, I would have punched them in the back of their dumb face.

….and now onto how I really feel…..

It was hard to engage myself with this book because at the end of every chapter, it would seem as though the characters had no idea what was going on. Katniss is a prime example of this. She was introduced in book one as a strong female lead. She is strong in the sense that she has to realize her true potential. At first she is unaware of the power she possesses and it is her will to live for her sister that ultimately drives her. If she were to be a character that would only make one appearance in a book, then she could very well be one of my favorite female characters from a mainstream book. Her qualities are admirable. However, she popped up (of course) in the sequel to the Hunger Games (Catching Fire) and she started to falter a bit. She hit some strides and improved upon herself in some aspects, as she became a bit more vocal but triangle of love with Peeta and Gale seemed to cloud her judgement and the noticeable instances of self doubt began to overshadow this brilliant character which was created beforehand. Enter book three and she is one big sloppy mess in a book which is one big pile of WTF?!

She was a whiney character even before her sister died! No, scratch that…when her sister died she finally shut up for a minute and stopped doubting herself. Instead she just went back to the remnants of District 12 to mope like a dog left out in the rain. Perhaps all of this behaviour would have been acceptable if one of the other leads had been her rock. That was not the case. Peeta flew over the cuckoo’s nest and Gale was just some guy with no purpose anymore. Some might say he was leading the resistance. I say he acted as a puppet wtih some of his strings cut. In most of the scenes he occupied, he just flailed about and did next to nothing to actually progress the storyline. And yes…I mentioned Katniss sister, Prim…well I for one thought since she was such a source of strength for Katniss, her relationship with her older sister would have been fleshed out in book two. I was wrong, but I still had my hopes for book three. Once again, I found myself to be a kid discovering that Santa Claus doesn’t exist; my hopes were crushed. And for all of you that believe Santa does exist….well whatever helps put you to sleep at night. Here is some warm milk. Book  three was the final place where Prim and Katniss could develop their relationship and all the intracacies of Katniss inner psyche would be uncovered. However, what I was left with was an exploding little kid and a hopeless teenager. Oh joy!

This book did not entirely circle the drain, as it did have some high points; action! The action scenes were few and far in between but what they lacked in frequency they more than made up for in complexity. They were not superb by any stretch of the imagination but were a welcomed change of pace in this series that mainly had a lot of hide and go seek and then go set a trap and watch it blow and maybe run to go get some grub. POW! KABOOM! That was about it. Fairly generic (first book might be the exclusion to this). The action scenes in Mockingjay seemed to be more deep and powerful. When they hit, they hit hard.

Another saving grace for this book, which in turn saved me from turning it into a hampster bed was the epilogue. The ending to the book itself left me with a bad taste in my mouth but the epilogue served as spearmint gum. I hate mint, but spearmint is ok by me. The epilogue was poetic and well…go read it yourself. I actually smiled as a result of this book just because of the epilogue.

It is a must read if you have read book two of the Hunger Games trilogy. If you have only read book one…stop! Save yourself the disappointment.

Alexa

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14 Responses to “Mockingjay”

  1. candace

    What?! Her sister dies?! Okay, so I knew that but you might want to put spoiler alert on there as not EVERYONE has read the books. Though if they haven’t they shouldn’t be reading your review on the third. But still…just in case.
    I had some issues with this one but I still really liked it. Sorry you didn’t feel the same way!

    • themetalship

      To each there own I suppose. I wholeheartedly respect your opinion. And you are most certainly right…I should have posted a spoiler alert. I must ask your opinion of the movie.

      • candace

        I haven’t seen the movie yet. Its hard to get out with two kids. I’m hoping maybe this weekend… I’m a little afraid though. I don’t want to be disappointed.

        Also, regarding your review- I was thinking that maybe because you were able to read them in rapid succession it was easier for you to notice things, to really FEEL the difference in the books. And I had LONG waits between each one so had forgotten so much in between. So maybe I would feel more critical if I had read them closer together.

  2. Stephanie

    Punch them in the back of the dumb face? So like in the back of the head? 🙂

    I really enjoyed the entire series. I was really of two minds while reading through book three. Half of me was screaming “NOOOOOOO!!!!!” and then the other half of me really had to give respect to Collins for not doing it the way I thought she should or how I wanted her to do it.

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the whole story but the epilogue saved a little bit of it for you.

    • themetalship

      No not in the back of the head. Seriously…in the back of their face. It may not seem like it makes sense but it does. Anywho…. perhaps I was a bit overcritical of the book. It sucked but it was not all that bad. I gave respect to Collins as she created a vivid world and did not take the atypical approach to closing out a series. However…You have to admit that it was a disappointment. Thank you for commenting! 🙂

  3. Bianca

    I loved all three books but I can understand why you didn’t like it. Either way great review.

  4. Andrea @The Bookish Babe

    Geez. I completely, completely agree with you on this. I loved The Hunger Games. Loved. Catching Fire was good, but lacked whatever it was that made THG so freaking special. But Mockingjay? I was so disappointed. The plot,when you talk about them setting up a bomb, hiding and then trudging on to get some food? Yes. Gale had so much potential to stir some shizz up, but ended up being useless. Poor Peeta. I did love him. And also, the epilogue saved the entire book for me.
    Thanks for reading my mind b/c I never had the heart to actually write a review for Mockingjay.
    Great review!

  5. Tina B

    I am sorry, but this review had me laughing so hard! I truly agree with you. In the last chapter or 2 before the Epilogue, I was like, this is dragging on. I understand why the author had her depression dragging out, but it seemed like forever and she was all alone?? It made no sense to me. I was very confused.
    Have you seen the movie? If so, what did you think?

  6. Nicci @ Paper Dreams

    I love the controversy this series, especially this book generate. For the most part, I think I agree with you (although I read the book when it first came out and haven’t reread it since so my memory is rather hazy). Compared, especially, to the first book this one is such a disappointment. Everyone just dies or becomes crazy, and ultimately it is just really depressing. I do agree though that the epilogue is fantastic, and probably the only real saving grace to the end of the book. Ultimately, I could have handled pretty much anything but….Prim?! That was just too cruel!

  7. Loretta @ Between The Pages

    JOHNNY! Ok 2 stars? haha!! I LOVE your review! I did give mine 4. Because I was connected to the story a little more, idk… BUT
    I thought that this book was a TOTAL let down! And I am sorry but the Prologue pissed me off even more. I have a thing with Peeta… I kinda hate him. ha!
    Great review dude!

    OH! and keep your shirt on. MY kid (LILAH) watches! lol!! I am kidding do what you want, but. My hubby is LOVING this graphic novels I get him from watching what you get. =D
    happy reading

    • themetalship

      totally not paying for any sort of therapy.

      As for you husband loving graphic novels…. I am happy to hear that more and more people are getting into them that frequent our blog. It makes me excited to know that I have been able to take people to a new realm of books. Not just teen and romance novels anymore..no no….but comics. Comics are an artform if you think about it. They are akin to plays as they are fleshed out throughout many acts (which are the storylines) and the artwork itself is something that is to be admired. They are the new serials…. back before the advent of television, families would gather around the box to listen to the shows such as the phantom an the lone ranger. Now all we have to do is open up the pages of a DC or Marvel comic book and were are immersed in new world which can be either quite different or very similar to our own. I understand that comics have been around for quite some time but now they are more mainstream than mostly anything else. The Avengers is tied with Avatar for being the fastest movie to gross a billion dollars. Now that is impressive. Over the last 40 years, comics have taken such twists and turns and have become more about social commentary than anything else. X-men is about civil rights. Superman is about finding a sense of belonging. Each character touches us in a different way and to me…that is a beautiful thing.

  8. Rebecca Alora

    Wow. This review made me laugh on a day when I didn’t think I could. Thank you for that. You delivered a hilariously truthful review with quite the splash. I’m thinking that I need to go and read the rest of your book reviews.

    My co-blogger is flipping out that you’re reviewing graphic novels. He’s doing the same thing too.

    Have an excellent day.

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