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Book review! The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I loved this last book only slightly less than the first two. It didn't burrow into my emotions as intensely as they did. However, it was an intriguing end to a wonderful series. I couldn't put it down, the characters were a bit more intense, despite the fact that Katniss' POV seemed to gloss over things more than it did in the previous books.

The things I loved most about Katniss and the other characters were the choices they made. I loved how Collins portrayed them, how their choices were not always sure or even if they realized they were making them. But they were their choices. In this last book, I feel like that was taken away. Don't misunderstand - she's still Katniss and she still makes trouble just by being herself. But I've lost the feeling that I can connect with her. That she could connect with anyone. Maybe Collins meant to do this, as a casualty of war sort of thing. How it makes us less human. But I might be overthinking that.

It also feels contrived when the "romantic" aspects are finally resolved - one more thing glossed over. I'm not a shipper of any couple here, so I'm not arguing that. I just feel like after all they've all been through, after things that were said, simply stating what happened instead of really showing us feels a little cheap.



Then again, after everything, maybe it needed to end that way.



I know I sound like I'm complaining a lot, but I'm not. I liked it. I would definitely recommend reading it, but with this one warning - something about the way it crests and ends unsettled me. I cannot pinpoint it; I cannot explain it. But I was left with a feeling that something was incomplete or a nagging suspicion that I may have missed something important that would make this feel okay. After rereading it quickly, I still haven't found what that thing is.



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Favorite passages:

Page 79: "Right. Of course. I better get down there," he says.
"Finnick?" I say. "Maybe some pants?"
He looks down at his legs as if noticing his outfit for the first time. Then he whips off his hospital gown, leaving him in just his underwear. "Why? Do you find this" - he strikes a ridiculously provocative pose - "distracting?"
<3 Finnick

page 82: Gale does look striking in the uniform, I guess. But the question just embarrasses us both, given our history. I'm trying to think of a witty comeback, when Boggs says brusquely, "Well, don't expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear." I decide to go ahead and like Boggs.

Page 123-124: The Hanging Tree
Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where they strung up a man they say murdered three.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where the dead man called out for his love to flee.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where I told you to run, so we'd both be free.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.


Page 197, which I won't write here because it's too long and contains spoilers

Page 289: Stone conquers people every time.

Page 377: I no longer feel any allegiance to these monsters called human beings, despise being one myself. I think that Peeta was onto something about us destroying one another and letting some decent species take over. Because something is significantly wrong with a creature that sacrifices its children's lives to settle its differences. You can spin it any way you like. ... But in the end, who does it benefit? No one. The truth is, it benefits no one to live in a world where these things happen.

Page 379: "Now we're in that sweet period where everyone agrees that our recent horrors should never be repeated. ... But collective thinking is usually short-lived. We're fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction. ..."

Page 389: Rue's song
Deep in the meadow, under the willow
A bed of grass, a soft green pillow
Lay down your head, and close your sleepy eyes
And when again they open, the sun will rise.

Here it's safe, here it's warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.


By far, my favorite characters were Gale, Cinna, Wiress, Johanna, and especially Finnick and Rue. I have no idea why, but they left the biggest impressions on me, next to Peeta and Katniss. I always find the secondary and tertiary characters more compelling and memorable - and I guess that's something I consider a pro in a good book.
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