Friday, September 24, 2010


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Publication Date: August 24, 2010

Pages: 390

Series Included: The Hunger Games trilogy

Age Bracket: Young Adult

Synopsis: 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.
               Mockingjay, the third and final installment in the Hunger Games trilogy. It’s different from the first two books, since Hunger Games and Catching Fire focuses on the arena, the Capitol and its dirty jobs and Katniss’s loved ones. Mockingjay is known to be the darkest among the three books and it talks about war, cruelty of the government and it’s leaders, the revolution that took place, torture, deaths, and a taste of victory. In this book, Katniss was taken to district 13, that the Capitol believed believed they have erased it in the map of Panem. People of Panem are in war against the Capitol. They want to overthrow the cruel leader of their country and along with that they are fighting for their freedom. And once again Katniss is a pawn, a piece in another game, played outside the arena but in a larger world. And Katniss agreed to be used as the face of the revolution in exchange of her will.
             I love how the author developed such a great plot and characters that had grown on me. Especially the emotions the characters felt that feels real and could happen in the real world. Along the battle scenes and the pains and heartaches Katniss went through, I empathize with her it’s as if I’m there inside the book fighting along side Katniss, experiencing those tragic moments in a war. Like Katniss did, she lose hope and yet struggled to be strong for the people looking up to her and depending to her like her family. And not only Katniss became a part of me, there were also other amazing characters in this book that I’ve grown to love and admire and it’s very painful to let them go.
            I have to voice out that some characters were not given justice in the end. It’s like they just puff out just to exit the story to its conclusion, the author just summarized them up and didn’t give any justice to what happened to them. In that part I have a lot of questions going on in my mind. But I’m just thinking maybe the author is planning to make a spin-off that will described the things happen in the end that’s not in our reach since were only glimpsing the story through Katniss’s point of view.  And also I want to know the whole details in what happened on the events that Katniss was not present, wherein it were only told her after it occurred. It could only be given justice when I could be able to read from other characters point of view.
            In contrast to that, even though the ending looks like some kind of a rush, Collins still came up with a great and unexpected conclusion to the entire series even though it meant to sacrifice something just give the ending a meaning. After I read those lines, I keep on thinking why she did something like that, which made me so pissed. But I came up with an answer, if she didn’t do the sacrificing thing, what could be the possible ending, right? It’s only right to give the girl on fire the last spark to lead her to do the unexpected.
            I’m a unique plot junkie and I’m always looking forward for a book that could provide me the adrenaline rush or could unnerve me and quench my emotional thirst. And this book provided all that I’m looking for a good read. It really is worth my time spending on reading it. After I read it, I could only utter the words “it’s so amazing” over and over again while I’m crying. It left a deep pit in my heart that I could never forget  and soon I would suggest this book to my son. I cried for a day or two just by thinking about it and it kept me up all night pondering the scenes in the book. I’m really hoping for a spin-off to this series.
            If your planning on reading this book, don’t forget to carry a box of tissue with you. It’s a totally tear jerker book.



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