Saturday, March 17, 2012

ReView of MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins


"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."

Alright, I didn't enjoy this third book in the series as much as the first two. So what?  It doesn't mean the book is worse the the first two.  Many people, I have noticed, have really enjoyed this last book of this series, Mockingjay.  I, for one, really didn't.  

First of all, I barely got through it.  A new setting.  More characters.  More twists.  It sort of just pops into existence SUDDENLY shocking you from all kinds of perspectives.  If you like that kind of thing, than you might really enjoy this book.  The other side of it is that it focuses largely on the political aspect of the Capitol.  While I don't shy away from political themes, I believe this book lacked the counterpart, the human elements.  It contained much less content in humane aspects than did the first two books.  This book felt rough and dry.

"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 rebel's Mockingjay - no matter what the personal cost."

This is a great premise.  Was it fully realized?  Possibly, but I don't believe so.  At times, it's not even the plot that bothered me, it was the fashion in which it was unraveled that created a broken rhythm of reading.  I love that Katniss becomes the Mockingjay in this last book.  She becomes a true heroine when she accepts to be everyone's model for freedom and sacrifice for the greater good of humanity.  How was that portrayed?  I believe it fell short of doing it justice.

The style of this book is also different from the other two.  It's much more present and focused on dialogue and events, rather than on personal reflection and individual demises.  Plus, the first two book were much more dynamic dealing with many more significant themes than this one.  Like I said, though, against all this the book isn't any worse than the first two, just different.  Different is not deficient.




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