Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)

Mockingjay is the third book in The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. [Here are my reviews of the other two books.]

Plot: [WITH SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOKS]
After the dramatic ending of the last Hunger Games, Katniss wakes up in the rebels’ headquarters in District 13. She discovers that Peeta did not make it there – he was captured by President Snow and the Capitol. But with Katniss are Gale and her family – who made it out of District 12 right before it was completely obliterated – and a few other Hunger Game victors. While Katniss tries to make sense of the new world order around her, the rebels try to convince her that she should become the Mockingjay: the official symbol of the rebellion.

Mockingjay is still a very good read, though it’s definitely the weakest of the three books. The ending just didn’t feel that satisfying to me and I got a little impatient with the book and not in the “I just can’t wait to see what happens” way, more like in the “oh, come on” way.

[SPOILERS]

Don’t get me wrong, it was still an exciting read and I really did want to know what was going to happen. But my suspense of disbelief started to fail me when the rebels hit the Capitol. Up until then, everything was fine, even though the pacing was a bit off. But that the entire city was booby-trapped… that just went too far for me.

And she kills off Finnick! That is not okay. I liked him too much to have him die. Also, Peeta… when he was saved from the Capitol all hijacked, it completely broke my heart. It really tore me apart. I mean, even damaged Peeta is a great character, but the damage still hurts. At the end it was kind of made up for, but only kind of. But I guess it’s a good sign that I was that invested in the characters that I care that much about them.

Gale turned out to be a huge asshole which is never an attractive quality. But Katniss – who was never a “heroine”, but pressed into the role, made her own asshole move when she said yes to the last Hunger Games. Her chance to prove that she’s learned something from the whole disaster and then she goes for revenge. I mean, it was in character for her, but I felt that she should have outgrown herself, developed a bit further by that point.

But despite me not caring that much for the way the story was resolved, I was very much into the book. And rebellions aren’t pretty, so at least that’s accurate.

Summarising: a good read that could have been a bit more satisfying in its resolution.

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4 thoughts on “Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)

  1. Hey, just found your blog, great reviews.
    I hope you wouldn’t mind a comment of this sort but I think you’ve completely misunderstood that “yes” Katniss said to the final games, and I hope to redeem her a little. She does know how wrong it is. She also knows that she is watched. That is her test. She knows there is no point in reasoning. If she votes “no”, she will be clearly marked as the enemy and will lose her chance to act. She forms her plan in an instant. Remember when she thinks “this is the moment I’ll know if he really understands me”, or something of the sort, and Haymitch supports her? He knows then what she intends to do. Great scene, really.

    • Thanks. :)

      I think it’s an interesting – and very valid – interpretation, and I can imagine that it was meant to be read that way.
      I still believe – even though it might have cost her direct involvement in the rebellion (which I don’t think would have happened, but that’s pure speculation) – that it would have been not only the juster thing to do, but also the stronger sign and ultimately more helpful for the rebellion if she had said “no” to the games.

      Maybe I’m blinded by idealism, and going with your interpretation, saying “yes” was definitely the more pragmatic thing to do. But even though I’m a huge fan of pragmatism, there’s a point where idealism has to trump it – and for me that point was right there.

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