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Book Review: Mockingjay
November 21st, 2014 by Coral

Today, to celebrate the movie release, I will be reviewing the book Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Most of you probably know the basic story of Mockingjay, and the Hunger Games trilogy in general, but you may not have taken time to read it. So, here we go.

Mockingjay is the third installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, following seventeen year old Katniss Everdeen through the most traumatic ordeals of her life. After going through the Games twice, Katniss finds herself the Face of the Revolution, aka, the Mockingjay. Most of the people Katniss grew up with are dead. Killed in the bombing of her district brought on in part by her actions in the Quarter Quell Arena. Peeta is in the hands of the Capitol. She and the rest of the District Twelve survivors are being housed in District Thirteen, which they all thought was dead.

Okay, this is not going to be a complete recap of the book. That was just context for me to begin. Mockingjay is an intensely emotional and psychologically compelling book.  The book has gone from the personal fight of one teenage girl to an all out revolution for an oppressed country.  I hear a lot of complaints about the darkness of Mockingjay. To that I say, well, hon, it’s a war, and they’ve been through the inferno, and they aren’t even done yet.

There are several psychological and emotional journeys of the Hunger Games trilogy which culminate in Mockingjay that I absolutely adore. First, Finnick Odair. Oh, Finnick.  Up to this point, we have seen Finnick as a Capitol playboy, with a hint at his sweet and sensitive side in the Arena. In Mockingjay, we find a broken man who lost grip on his sanity, unable to truly cope with the horror that is his reality. As Finnick’s story is exposed, your heart cannot help but break for him.

Second, Primrose Everdeen. Prim was a twelve year old, basically innocent in the first book. By Mockingjay, she has matured. She has seen terrible things and been forced into a role too old for her. She has become wise beyond her years and taken on responsibility. Prim, through everything, maintains hope, compassion, and a passion for what she loves and continues to help those in need.

Of course, Katniss Everdeen. Katniss has her story as much as the others, more so for us as we are in her head. Now, I have heard complaints about her attitude in Mockingjay. Well, her life kind of sucks, guys. As said in the beginning of this review, a lot of tough stuff has happened to Katniss. She is mentally unstable, just like Finnick.

There are so many characters, I cannot possibly go through all of them and tell you how much I love them. Is Mockingjay perfect? No, I don’t think so. I think the ending could have been done better, ending meaning very very very end, epilogue end. Overall, Suzanne Collins did an amazing job, but at the tail end of Mockingjay, I felt thatnsociety as a whole did not react to specific events as they should/would have. I don’t want to give away spoilers, for those of you who haven’t read it yet, but if you have, you probably know what I’m talking about.But other than that, I absolutely love Mockingjay. I love all of the Hunger Games books.

I also love the movie adaptations. Seriously everyone, we lucked out with how amazing the movie adaptations are. The things they changed were purely for cinematic purposes, to make sure the story could move along smoothly within the time limit, and it didn’t really lose much of it’s power. Not everything can be done on screen, but the Hunger Games movie makers have done a fantastic job. I’m going to see Mockingjay Part One tonight, in a couple of hours, and I”m super excited!  Basically, love the movies, love the books.

Feel free to check them out with the link below. (Also, note about yesterday, I think the internet cut off half of the post I was trying to post, so Im going to see if I can retrieve it. That’s why it’s so short. Sorry!)

 


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