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Collins, Suzanne: Mockingjay

Mockingjay (2010)
Written by: Suzanne Collins
Genre: YA/Science Fiction
Pages: 390 (Hardcover)
Series: Book Three of Three

The premise: ganked from Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

My Rating

Worth the Cash: This book is utterly and entirely different from The Hunger Games and Catching Fire that it's not even funny. It's a helluva lot darker too on many levels and really ramps up the fact that this is science fiction dystopia. Bad things happen to good people, and there's a war that Collins doesn't flinch away from. There are heart-breaking moments in this book, and Katniss really takes a beating psychologically. It's a good read, but I have to say I wish I'd had some time to process Catching Fire before jumping right into this one. First because of the pain meds I was on while reading both, but second so that I could've solidified my thoughts on the second book before having them warped by the third. Still, it's a very satisfying conclusion, and while this trilogy isn't an OMG-I-LOVE-IT type thing, I'm still glad I got on board, even with the hardcovers!

Review style: once again, this was read early in the painkiller stage, and to be honest, I kind of wish I hadn't read Catching Fire and Mockingjay back-to-back. I'll talk about why, talk about why Collins simply can't convince me that she's given me a real love triangle, as well as how romance works in general for this series. I'll talk about how this book differs from its predecessors and why that's a good thing, and touch on the epilogue that has so many readers up in arms. Also, there's either an intentional nod to Stephenie Meyer's Eclipse in this book or I'll eat my hat. Spoilers? Yes. and one more warning--in the course of talking about love triangles, I'm going to spoil the hell out of Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn. Why? Because I can.

If you want to read the full, SPOILERY review, just click the link below to go to my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)

REVIEW: Suzanne Collins's MOCKINGJAY

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