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April 01 2015 @ 10:12 am
Mockingjay (#3) by Suzanne Collins  
Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy, 3
Pages: 404
Rating: star_fullstar_fullstar_fullstar_fullno title
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Book Description:
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.


Thoughts on the Book:
And now the disappointment sets in.

Overall I liked the story and how things went but there were a few twists and turns I didn't appreciate at all. In fact, there was a moment I thought everything was for naught.

Several people told me going into this book they didn't like the third installment of the series. Many told me it was because Katniss was whiny and annoying. Frankly, I didn't see too much of that. What I did see was a young woman traumatized by being tossed into an arena TWICE to kill other human beings to survive. If you anxiety and PTSD over that was her being whiny, I frankly think the people who think so are sick.

The Capitol's idea to make children kill each other was sick and depraved and the only shock I felt when the rebellion started was that there was anyone who believed the Capitol was good.

But it isn't just Katniss's trauma in this book. It is about war. It is about standing up and telling a corrupt system you want out and you're willing to fight for it. And some of my favorite moments were when Katniss shows the rebels you don't always have to fight.

I do have to give it to Suzanne Collins. She's bold. Her story never failed to make me want to read more and sometimes I felt the horror Katniss did (in the small manner a reader can). But most of all I think her ending (which I will not spoil) was brave. She didn't opt to make everything happily ever after. She didn't say, "Well the readers love these character, I'll spare them." She just wrote her story and made it believable.

Do I love the way this story unfolded? Not entirely. There are characters I wish different things for. Love stories I wish unfolded differently and most of all the aftermath of war doesn't mean like will be sunshine and rainbows. In fact, it is a dark and weary place let to those alive who must figure out how to put the pieces together. I think Collins portrays that.


The Series:
 
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KSena: Me Motherhood by zombiequeen@rebelgirl_ikseenaa on April 14th, 2015 12:30 am (UTC)
Very interesting. If I had time, I would have read the books instead. Alas, as a librarian and a mother I so very rarely have time to read for fun, so... *shrug* Movies it is for me. :-)