YA Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Don’t Hate Me)

Posted March 29, 2012 by Felicia S in 2.75 Wine Glasses, 2012 Read / 22 Comments


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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 plains – 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.

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Challenges : Read for Fun, YA
Overall Rating: 2.75
Story Rating: 2.50
Character Rating: 3.00

First Thought when Finished : Well it finally got moved off my DNF shelf.

Different Review Approach: Let me start by saying I gave Catching Fire a 5 so please don’t throw stuff at me πŸ™‚

There isn’t much I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said. I think you either loved or hated the way things were all tied up. However there are a few of us that were just very “meh” about it. I chalk this up to my need to have a pleasant end for someone and this book just doesn’t give that to us. I see no hope or joy just sadness and acceptance. Which might have been fine if I wasn’t already to the point of not caring who else Suzanne Collins killed off. There is a fine line between killing characters for emotional impact and just killing. Really only 3 deaths moved me in the book and 1 of them was unnecessary (unless you cared about a tidy way to wrap up a love triangle). In fact, I think that is why I just didn’t buy how this was wrapped up. The first two books were about fighting (to survive, to live, to spend with family/friends, to keep family/friends alive) and this book was about ________? Seriously most of it seemed to be about revenge and settling. Most of all I think Suzanne took the strong Katniss that I loved in the first two books and turned her to person I just didn’t like. So when I began to dislike her, it just made the whole point of reading the book kind of moot. I think that is where I stopped the first time I tried to read it. I did eventually pick it up and read the last part but I had never done it at one time till the last few days. Even the 2nd time (which was better than the first) wasn’t enough to change my feelings about the book.

I thought the writing was as strong in this book as the others and the imagery was outstanding. I didn’t see a few of the curveballs thrown coming my way and in the end I am glad I finished it. The things that bothered me others will love!

Final Thought : I think overall this series did what it was supposed to do: make the reader think and feel.

Felicia S
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22 responses to “YA Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Don’t Hate Me)

  1. No need to throw anything – I really agree with you here, and I'm glad to find there are other people out there who weren't all that impressed with Mockingjay. To be honest, I'd been on the fence about the series up until this point, but this tipped me way into the negative.

    Oh well, what's the next trend to jump on…

    My review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 

  2. Chris Barraclough

    Wow, the books actually get worse as the series progresses? I just reviewed the first one on Watch Your Step, although it turned more into a rant to be honest. Why is this series so popular?

  3. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    Great Reply!Actually I think that because we are all so invested in the outcome that it was bound to illicit strong reactions. I wanted some hope at the end through Finnick and Annie. I actually wouldn't have bought a hopeful Kat or Peeta because of what they had been through with the games. I am not a fan of triangles but I never really saw it as one. I didn't think Katniss/Gale would end up together the second she got sent to the first games. She would change to much and he would stay the same. I thought the real triangle was between Katniss/Her Feelings about owing something to Peeta/Her Feelings about not wanting that type of relationship in her future. I always felt that she had been a provider so that was where the struggle was. I just felt the third book concentrated to much on the Kat/Peeta/Gale thing when really it was the least important element. I did LOVE the mom's arc. I actually think that her character showed the most growth and yes hope!You did much better typing on a tablet than I would πŸ™‚

  4. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    OH I am glad that I finished it. I needed to know and more importantly I needed to accept that she chose to end it that way. Yes Kat did spend a lot of time knocked the heck out!

  5. Felicia the Geeky Blogger

    I think you will either love or hate the 3rd book. To me though that does mean that it was written extremely well as a series. You can only have those strong reactions to something if you are attached LOL

  6. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    I still really loved Catching Fire but it does change how I read the first two now.

  7. Rhiannon Frater

    I loved this book and wept through most of it. As a writer I marveled out how the author laid the foundation for this ending from the very beginning of the series. It established that mental iillness runs in Katniss' family and that the only person Katniss truly loved was her younger sister Primrose. In fact, everything Katniss does in all three books is for Prim. President Snow realizes this and..well…I recognize why many people were unhappy that Katniss didn't come out unscathed after all she's been through. The hype with the Team Peeta and Team Gale really did this series a diservice. The books were never about who Katniss was going to hook up with, but about her role as a pawn in a brutal game played by adults. Katniss is only 15/16 afterall. When she finally stopped being a pawn and committed her very dramatic act of defiance, I was so proud of her. It was an awesome moment. I also realize that people forgot that Katniss' mom was basically catatonic after the death of her husband. That Katniss ends up with the same malady did not surprise me. Katniss 'heart was with the one she lost. Also, Collins' portrayal of PTSD was amazingly well done.Katniss doesn't get a happy ending. She gets a realistic ending. The brutality of her world does not set up for happily ever after. I knew this was never in the cards for her from the first book. That she did find some measure of peace in the aftermath of such a horrific war was a comfort.When I read this final book and loved it dearly for its perfecation, I realized that for all the reasons I loved it a lot of people were going to hate it. I came away from the series feeling it was much more than a YA adult book, but a stark look at the reality of war.Just my two cents! And forgive typos…typing on my tablet.

  8. Mary

    Okay, I really liked this book but it wasn't love. I think it was just that I was happy to read the end of a great series. But WHY the HELL did she keep falling asleep or getting knocked out? I mean, I really got sick of that and it seemed like we were missing all the good bits because damned Katniss was out for the count. *sigh* Great review.

  9. Mariana Pereira Beze

    The first I thought it was ok, but not something extraordinary like everyone was talking about. The second was better, I believe because of the resistence, it kinda gave a reason to horror. Still haven't read the third because I believe it will not be good, but will try closer to the movie release.

  10. Missie, The Unread R

    "I see no hope or joy just sadness and acceptance."Exactly. This last book did seem like a moot point. I wasn't happy with it, so it's easier for me to pretend it doesn't exist. LOL

  11. Melissa (Books and T

    You know… I have heard that this one was not as good as the other 2. I still need to read the other 2! (yes, I suck… and yes.. I do have them on my tbr shelf!) Yep.. I think I'll be as disappointed as you were, but I still have to know… πŸ˜‰

  12. Blodeuedd

    I do not hate you. This book disappointed me beyond words. It was so bad that it made me dislike the whole series :/

  13. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    It made it slightly more "realistic" I agree but in a way it was got them there that made me want hope. πŸ™‚

  14. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    Nope it isn't just you! I think there are a few that didn't "love" this series πŸ™‚

  15. Mel

    I love your honesty! While I actually enjoyed this book I do agree with you that there wasn't a 'happy' ending – it was all about accepting. However, I honestly thought that made it a more 'realistic' book – real life rarely has happily ever afters and Collins didn't take the easy option. Even your review makes me think! πŸ™‚

  16. Gina

    YAY!!! I just can't get into this series & thought it was just me! Thanks so much for helping me feel like I'm not alone!!

  17. Jac

    Definitely a disappointment to me as well; I probably would have given it "3" but I agree with the bulk of your thoughts. I think the fact that the ending didn't seem to give any happiness.-Jac @ For Love and Books