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Book review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was disappointed by this finale to the Hunger Games trilogy. I didn’t find it as interesting or compelling as The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. It’s significantly darker and more depressing than the first books, and there are many gruesome deaths. Still, I liked the end; it resolves many loose ends and brings closure to the series.

Katniss finds herself playing the halfhearted figurehead of the rebellion against the Capitol. She seems like a different character in this book; her entertaining humor is entirely absent. She nurses a seething vengeance, and at some points she’s apathetically emotionless. Her inability to choose between Gale and Peeta is drawn out to the point of annoyance, but is finally resolved at the end, and I liked the epilogue.

One thing I really enjoyed about the first two books was seeing everything in real-time, first-person from Katniss’ perspective. In this book, there are many times where Katniss is present for the events, so another character summarizes what happened. In the first two books, the settings and actions were so vividly described that I could picture them effortlessly. In this book, it was much more difficult; it felt more like reading the story than being in it.

This book didn’t live up to its potential, but it’s worth reading to complete the story and discover the fates of the series' many characters.

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