The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Book Review

Title: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Author: Suzanne Collins

Length: 438 pages

Release Date (UK): 25 August 2010 

Publisher: Scholastic

Description: Katniss now lives in District Thirteen, after being rescued from the hunger games. But she’s got even more things to fight for, her home was destroyed by the capitol and President Snow has Peeta. Katniss doesn’t like to imagine what they’re doing to him to try and get information he doesn’t have. But now more than ever the rebellion needs to succeed, the rebels need to overthrow the capitol and Katniss is determined to be the one who assassinates President Snow. Whatever the cost.

My Thoughts: I’m very excited to be going to see Mockingjay – part 2 next week and as you might know I’ve been re-reading the entire Hunger Games trilogy. I loved this series ever since I first read it and I still love it now after reading it about four or five times.

Mockingjay is slightly different to the other two, as this is the only one in the trilogy where there isn’t an actual hunger games involved, I personally like the fact that the first two books both feature a hunger games and I think that makes them a bit more interesting and unique because usually you wouldn’t expect an author to do basically the exact same thing in her first two books but it really worked and it made for a great couple of books. Given that this book is different it’s unique and special in it’s own way, and I liked seeing the rebellion start and seeing what happened during and I felt like we got to know another side of all the characters and learn a bit more about them as people and it was really great.

I particularly liked that we saw more of Katniss and Gales’ relationship, because I feel that before this book you knew they had a strong friendship and Katniss’ feelings for him were unsure but I didn’t feel like we really knew him or understood his personality and in this book we got to see more of that.

I do feel like they kind of made Katniss a bit too damaged and weak in this novel, she went from being the all powerful face of the rebellion to kind of becoming a bit disorientated and pathetic. I found myself missing the old Katniss.

The start of this book is amazing and really compelling and it’s such a page-turner and I find myself constantly desperate to know what will happen next and it’s really exciting and there a things that leave me completely shocked and then you get to about halfway through and everything comes to a stop, it’s a bit like ending up in an unexpected traffic jam, everything’s going fine and then suddenly you’re at a stand still, and I feel like nothing really happened in the middle and it was kind of dull and un-motivating and I found myself just leaving it lying around for days unable to go back to it, but I pushed through and I got to the end of the book and after you get passed that small middle bit the ending is really good and really dramatic and completely action packed and I just loved it so much, there isn’t a second that goes by that you’re not on the edge of your seat, isn’t a second where there isn’t a huge amount of suspense. I know how hard it must have been to write this last book, the trilogy has been such a success and I can only imagine the amount of pressure that Suzanne Collins must have felt when trying to finish the trilogy, and I know lots of people criticize the last book and have criticized the last film but I personally am really sad it is over, and I think it had a really satisfying ending and I am very happy with it. Suzanne Collins should be really proud that she wrote such a great trilogy, one that will stay with me forever.

I would rate this 4/5 stars. And I really think you should read this book and the rest of the trilogy (obviously)!

If you have read this book and would like to share your thoughts, please leave a comment on this post or comment with a link to your own review, I would love to hear from you!

Other Books In The Trilogy: The Hunger Games (first book), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (second book).

Other Books By The Author: Year Of The Jungle, When Charlie McButton Lost Power, The Underland Chronicles.

Other Information: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay was turned into a two-part Lionsgate motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson… Part one of the two was released November 19th 2014 and part two was released on November 18th 2015. Both of these films were rated 12A.

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