Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins



I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins last summer. It was actually one of my book club selections. I was surprised by how much I loved it because I'm not a big YA fan. I read Catching Fire soon after, and enjoyed that as well, although not quite as much as the first book. So now comes Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. I was very excited to read it and find out how this story would end.

I have to say I was a bit disappointed. While I enjoyed getting back to these interesting characters who end up in some very unusual situations, the story itself was not on par with the first book at all. Perhaps it was the lack of an actual Hunger Games inside an arena. There are battle scenes in this one, as the districts fight for freedom from the capital. And the capital resorts to its usual tactic of manufactured man-eating creatures and waves of deadly goo pouring down the streets. But it just wasn't the same without the arena.

It's interesting because I read another trilogy over the past year: The Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. With that series, the books got better as they went along. The last book in that trilogy was my favorite. But in The Hunger Games, it seems like Suzanne Collins took a great book and struggled to make it into a trilogy. The last book tied things up, but it felt like that was all it was doing.

It wasn't all bad. As I said, it was fun to get back to the characters and the unique environment Collins created for this series of books. And it's nice to have an ending instead of wondering what is going to happen, as I have been for a year! It just wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be.

My Rating: 3/5

Read my review of The Hunger Games
Read my review of Catching Fire

This review was written based on a copy of Mockingjay that I borrowed from a friend.

3 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear you were disappointed by the third book. Personally, I found this one to be the most thought-provoking of all of them, which is one of my favorites aspects of this trilogy.

    How great that you read The Hunger Games for book group - I think this whole series is perfect for discussion - so many issues to talk about!

    Here's my review, if you're interested:
    http://greatbooksforkidsandteens.blogspot.com/2010/09/teenya-review-mockingjay.html

    Sue

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  2. I was actually disappointed with Mockingjay as well. I didn't find it to hold the same magic as the first one especially did.

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  3. I thought this series got better as it went along because it got to be about more than just the Games.

    I also thought that the Larsson books got worse as they went along so we must just be totally opposite LOL!

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