Monday, September 20, 2010

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

GoodReads Description: "My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead."

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.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.

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 rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.

My Thoughts: I do not even know why I'm writing this.

Anything I type will be substantially inadequate and I'll never be able to point out everything that moved me about this book. But I'll try.

Everything about this book moved me. In a good way, in a bad way, but it doesn't matter. Because I felt it. All of it. And that is the reason I'm giving the book five stars, even if I don't agree with everything that happened. Because in my ending, I would've copped out. I couldn't sacrifice what Collins sacrificed. I couldn't burden Katniss with such heartache and tragedy. Suzanne Collins must be a masochist, because I don't see any other way you can write what she wrote without having some sort of breakdown.

The way that Collins can build up our love, connection, and excitement for a character and then rip them away is borderline sadistic. I won't mention names to avoid spoilerosity, but to create a whole environment and give hope and happiness for a future and then kill them off within a paragraph? I felt like I was run through with a sledgehammer a good 4 times in this book. I think I stopped breathing a few times within the last 100 pages. After the final parachute drop, there were points that I couldn't even really comprehend what had happened, because I didn't want to believe it. Because I have a person like that in my life, and if I ever lost them, I'd lose it, too. And the entire last 10 pages took me about 30 minutes to get through, because I kept shaking the bed with my sobs and I had to stop reading to regain composure before I woke my husband up at 3am.

Also. Crazy Cat.

Am I happy with this ending? No, because we've lost some seriously important and lovable characters. Because Katniss, no matter what she does, will always be damaged. That's not spoilery, because anyone who goes through the Games will be. Yes, because it's epic and it's not a pretty little bow and it's how things should happen. Nothing is easy. Nothing comes cheap. There are always sacrifices (ahem, Stephenie Meyer).

This is a most perfect and most horrible ending to the series. And I didn't pick up another book for days, because I couldn't think about anything else.

I loved it. I hated it. It was freaking epic.

(If you want to discuss further, I'm on GoodReads and have a whole bunch of spoilery-type blurbs on that review.)

My Rating: 5/5

Series?: The first two books were The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Mockingjay concludes the Hunger Games trilogy (sadface)
Source: I purchased this book.
Published: Scholastic Press, 390 pages (August 24, 2010)

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  1. I like how you summed up Buttercup in two words =) He was definitely crazy, but he grew on me. Another great review!

  2. Buttercup was, without a doubt, one of my favorite characters. Definitely a participant in one of the most heartfelt scenes I've ever read as well. *tear*