Wednesday, 4 December 2013

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Please note, this review may contain spoilers for the previous books. If you would not like parts of these books to be spoiled, please do not read this review. 


Author: Suzanne Collins
Date of release: August 2010 (UK)
Number of pages: 390
Publisher: Scholastic
Also by this author: Catching Fire (book 2), The Hunger Games (book 1).

Book Girl Rating: * * * * *


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' worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either.





I started reading the Hunger Games back in 2010, when the books first came out. My fellow blogging friend Sophie, recommended them to me and from the first book, I was hooked. I read its sequel, Catching Fire within days and when the time came to buy Mockingjay, the third and final instalment, I hit a wall. I was completely in love with this story, its brave, courageous and incredible lineup of characters, but I simply couldn't bare for it to end. So a few chapters, maybe not even that, into Mockingjay, I put the book down and sequestered the Hunger Games and my passion for the story away on the bookshelf.  When I heard the book was to be made into films, of course I had to see it, and two films later, I picked Mockingjay back up, took a deep breath and stepped into Panem and the world of Katniss Everdeen for the final run.  Here's my review of what is arguably young adult literature's finest display of prose, imagination and intellect, I have ever read. This is it, the final plunge. My review of: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

Mockingjay, as you would expect, picks up where Catching Fire left off. Katniss has been rescued from the arena by a group of people. But where's Peeta? Where's Johanna? I found myself asking questions at the beginning of this book, and wondering just what the hell happened when Katniss was beamed back up into the sky. 

Mockingjay is a fantastically gripping and exciting book. It's faster paced than the previous novels but it still packs a punch. Mixed reviews have had readers elated, disappointed, surprised but never bored. Suzanne Collins knows how to hold her readers on edge and then flip them round another exciting bend. The very obvious questions were in my mind...will Katniss defeat the Capitol and kill snow? Will she choose Gale or Peeta, or perhaps neither? I was so incredibly surprised by the twists and turns and knocks of this novel. Collins consistently holds the audience. We wait at times with bated breath, eagerly flipping through the pages to find out what happens next. This book doesn't disappoint. I loved Katniss' strength throughout the series but particularly in this book - the Capitol has thrown so much at her and she's fought for her survival. I wish I'd read this sooner, I wish I hadn't held on so it never ended. It needed to end and boy you're in for a treat with this one. Enjoy!