Monday, April 23

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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Warning: Spoilers for 'The Hunger Games' and 'Catching Fire.'

Katniss has been the Capitol's pawn in the Games. Now she has been claimed by the rebels and District 13 to be their face for the revolution - the Mockingjay. What is she willing to risk?

'Mockingjay' is the stunning conclusion to The Hunger Games trilogy. I was nervous up until the last moment as to whether I would find the ending satisfactory but I did. It just proves the extent to which I connected with the story and character that I was concerned it would prove to be underwhelming. While I do not think the trilogy is perfect, I am impressed by how the emotional tension is sustained throughout and the stakes continue to escalate until the very end.

This novel allows readers to further see the dynamic between Katniss and Gale. There is something of a splice of the relationship they once had and the events that have torn them in different directions. Gale has never been more prominent than in 'Mockingjay.' While it was interestiong to see more of him, it was too little too late for me to develop any attachment to his character.

Peeta is my favourite character in the trilogy, alongside Katniss.* The stakes escalated for his character - both emotionally and physically - and my hands were shaking in anticipation and nervousness of what was to be his fate.

Johanna and Finnick were hinted in 'Catching Fire' to be more than they originally appeared. There was further insight into their characters in 'Mockingjay.' I particularly felt drawn to Finnick, whose first appearance in the series made him seem egotistic and shallow. He is quite contrary to that original depiction.

We get to see more of Katniss' sister, Prim, in this book. While there is still much of the young girl we have known, there is also the juxtaposition of a new maturity she has. Things have taken their toll on her and she has found strength in her fragility, a strength she can bring out when even her sister looks like she might crumble.

One thing that didn't really hit home for me until 'Mockingjay' was the twisted look at reality television. Strange, since the Games are all about prompting children to kill each other and broadcasting it live but I found the way in which media was used for propaganda by District 13 to be quite startling. Katniss is dolled up and dolled down and given scripts and scenarios to act out - something she isn't cut out for. However, even through all this forced reality, it is only when Katniss speaks her mind and is herself that there is a power behind what she does.

I'm not a sucker for happily ever afters, I prefer satisfying endings. What that means will always differ but I personally found the end of The Hunger Games trilogy to be satisfactory. I can now readily recommend the series as a whole and look forward to reading Suzanne Collins' 'Gregor the Overlander' series.

*Rue is also in my top three. ♥

1 comment:

Cherry said...

I've read a few not so positive reviews of this trilogy. One of the reasons why my copy is still sitting in the TBR pile... after reading your review, might have to bump these books up the queue :)