Book Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Mockingjay is the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy. It was also probably the one that I enjoyed the most. Each of the three books in the series continues right where the previous one left off. Suzanne Collins takes this story and runs with it all the way to the end. This book is everything that you’d hope that would happen with the story and, in a lot of ways, more. And now with pictures like the one to the right, I will have to watch the movie, and hope for the others!

I began reading this book after the second book, because within hours I had given up hope on waiting to read the third book; the way the second book ended I was forced to do so right away. I was also not in the least dissatisfied or let down by the third book in the series. If nothing else Mockingjay was probably the best of the three and quite satisfying all the way around.

Trying not to give away any spoilers and ruin it for you, especially if you haven’t read the first or second book in the series yet, but I will say that this one has to be the grand finale, and the lead up from the first  two books was well done. There are certain aspects of it that I wish to go back and change from a reader’s perspective, but I understand why they ended up the way that they did, and I appreciate them all the more.

I think Katniss finally, if only reluctantly or by lack of other options, accepts her role as the leader in the rebellion against President Snow, while all along, and not knowing that she was playing a major role in overthrowing of the government, she could hardly do anything right. This continues after she finally realized what was going on and continued her poor choices for some time. Now don’t get me wrong, she has lost a lot, but at the same time she gains a lot, and for a lot of people that had nothing.

I enjoyed the way the story progressed, and I especially enjoyed the way it didn’t just turn out “all peaches and cream” or with “sunshine and puppy dogs”. This is one of those stories that needed a good ending but didn’t need an ending that was too fairytale or involved a magic wand, and that is what we get. I think that it was perfectly balanced and ended exactly the way it should’ve. That said, I think this book was everything that I was anticipating I would get in the second book, and instead I got a clock.

I would rate this book a little higher than the first two of the series, I give it 9 out of a possible 10. If you haven’t read the Hunger Games series, I would highly suggest you do so right away and keep in mind that this book picks up where the second book left off. When you get there you will know what I mean!

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