Awhile ago I did a Series Review on the Hunger Games but thought that this just didn’t give the individual books what they needed. So I’ve been meaning to come back to review them individually, and here they are: The Hunger Games Book Review, Catching Fire Book Review.
- Review: Mockingjay
- Series: Hunger Games Trilogy
- Author: Suzanne Collins
- No of Pages: 390
- Release Date: August 24th 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 plains–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.
Katniss is the face of the rebellion, whether she likes it or not. She strives to be who they want her to be instead of just letting herself be herself. Instead of seeing the strong, amazing person that she is she sees someone that is failing everyone but especially Peeta. She wants to get to him but doesn’t know how. She wants to do something, anything but is stuck once again inside four walls and feels as if she’s going crazy. On top of that the pressure to be the face of the rebellion is mounting, even with her team to help her transform into the Katniss she was during the interviews, she’s still failing. She needs help but doesn’t know where to turn to get it, she doesn’t trust anybody to do what really needs to be done, but she doesn’t want to lead either.
She, her friends and her family have already been through and seen so much but it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Oh my, oh my… where to start!? The beginning of Mockingjay makes you feel like Katniss has just jumped out of the frying pan and now she is in the fire. The explanation to what happened in Catching Fire is starting to come out but the more she understands the more she distrusts everyone around her. They want her to be THE girl with the face that leads people against the Capitol and all she wants to do is be free, to hunt. For her family to be able to live. There is so much that she has to learn still and this book doesn’t give her time to think before throwing her into one horrible incident after another, but that’s where Katniss reigns. She’s great in the face of adversity.
Without giving anything away I must say I didn’t see the end of this coming. It was fabulous! Definitely a must read, even if you may have thought that Catching Fire was a little slower than the first, get through the series, it’s so worth your time!