Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

 Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins7260188
Published: August 24, 2010

My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.


 

Ugh, this book. I just constantly wanted it to end. I went through with reading it due to the sole fact that I couldn’t leave this series unfinished. As these books progress I find Katniss to be more and more weak and more dependent on this crazy love triangle thing and then Prim. It’s quite appalling really. Having her portrayed as this strong woman when she’s just barely scraping by and just basically never making her own true decisions except for very few.

President Coin was a pain in the ass and just so dumb until the very end when brining up a possible final Hunger Games with Captiol Children. Which kind of showed the woman who Katniss truly is, and even then she didn’t base her decisions on her own opinions, she based it off “What Prim would want.”

Plot wise it dragged I felt like, I didn’t find myself reading eagerly like I did with the first book. Everything just felt super rushed. That whole last third of the book, Finnick’s death was THE WORST. Ugh that made me so mad. But I also felt like almost everything was rushed. Finnick, Bogs, and even the whole love triangle didn’t feel like it was properly executed.

All in all I think Mockinjay just was a weird complied heap of things that Collins wanted to use to finish up the story but just jumbled it together in no proper way, and kind of the end of the book was her going “oh well, might as well just end it now.”

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Favorite Hunger Game Moments | Top Five Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

This week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is Top Hunger Games Moments. Now, as some of you have seen on Goodreads (or soon enough) I just finished Mockingjay. I have to say that Hunger Games isn’t my favorite. After the first book, I pretty much lost interest, but there were still some really good parts of the series:

volunteerKatniss Volunteers for Prim. 

I have to say that this was obviously a pivotal moment in the book, but when they adapted the book to movie, this was such a strong acted scene. Although acted, it’s almost like Katniss pulled through heartstrings almost anyone could feel. This is the reaction any sibling would have if they got reaped. And I think that’s why this is one of the top five moments. It’s the beginning of the whole plot and series as well as just an emotionally gripping scene in the book and in the movie.

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Cinna

God Bless Cinna and Lenny Kravitz.  I see Cinna as the true flame that kept Katniss going. Prim yes was the underlying thing that keeps Katniss going but it always comes down to when Prim is in danger. But Cinna was the one from day 1 who didn’t even have to TRULY know Katniss to know that she was going to be a rebel leader. The face of the rebellion. He knew she was going to change the world.

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Finnick and Annie’s Wedding

I enjoyed this part of the books. It was kind of the beacon of hope amidst the most awful times that any of them have endured. I also think that Finnick is one of the most deserving people of this happiness. Losing Mags in the last games, the way he cared for her and everything he endured. Not thinking he’d see Annie ever again. I just think this was one of the most perfect things in the whole series.

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Seneca Crane and the Nightlock. 

THE BIGGEST F**CK YOU IN ALL OF MOVIE HISTORY. Okay, maybe not, like THE BIGGEST but…damn it was a good one.

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President Coin and the Last Hunger Games 

I think Coin’s last idea of hosting a final hunger games using the captiol’s children is an AMAZING part of the series. As much as I hated Coin, I thought this idea and what not brought up a great thinking point in the book, it was an awesome time to truly think about what you would do in a situation like that, and if you truly understood Katniss throughout the books.

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