Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Cover Art: The mockingjay soaring through a clear blue sky? What an opposite to the story held within the cover.
[Book 3 in the Hunger Games Trilogy]
Hmm, was that the end? Somehow I feel like the end didn’t “end” properly. I feel like there are loose ends hanging on the end of the Mockingjay’s tail. Things didn’t wrap up like I wanted them to. Yes, I had my own speculations about the ending, but even if they were wrong, I was expecting what was actually written to go beyond the details of my feeble imagination. It didn’t, in my opinion. It felt… rushed. Yes. I’ll go with that as the main reason for knocking one star off of the rating.
But! The story leading up to the ending was a great read in itself. The dynamic of the book changes to a full-on war setting. The beginning sets the scene, slow to start, yet again. Once the action appears, it’s page-turner after page-turner and I loved how the action sequences were written. The writing is detailed and specific – and that, to me, is what makes a book worth reading – when I can form pictures in my mind and play it in my head like a movie going along with the text. This book, like the rest of the series, fulfilled that imagination-inspiring requirement.
The characters… sigh. I was hoping for more from the characters, to be honest. Yes, Katniss had been through a lot, but she goes back and forth in her stability as the female protagonist, and that did not appeal to me at all. I was expecting her to grow and develop more strength after what she had been through. Her character is still fiery, the interactions with other characters are on par, and she is still strong in a sense – just that setback that I was not expecting of her. Peeta, well, I can’t say much about him. Just a surprising turn in his story. Getting more of Gale’s character was good. Learning about his thought processes and decisions was disconcerting, but I can’t fault Suzanne Collins for that – that was more of my own expectations of Gale [Hohum…]. His character’s story ending was one I didn’t get closure on -sigh again-. Also, who she ends up with at the end? I guessed it, but that wasn’t the path I was expecting. I wanted Katniss to CHOOSE him, not… [Blarg! (sound of frustration)]
New characters were hard to connect with. Yes, they were minor minor characters, but this was very unlike the first and second book to the series. Characters died. I was sad. I was sad because when the characters died, that was that, and the story moved on. Too quick for my tastes for one/two/some of those deaths.
Overall, the book is great. Action, adventure, war, more twists and surprises. I know it seemed like I was complaining for most of the review, but as human nature goes – the bad stuff sticks the most. I had fun reading it and I’m sure the majority of readers will enjoy it as well.