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Once Upon A Bookshelf

Where Fiction and Reality Meet


Author: Suzanne Collins
Originally Published: 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic
Source: Gift

The Story

MockingjayFrom the cover flap of the book:

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s families 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 Capital. 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

The Response

When John asks me what I wanted for Christmas this year, I asked for Mockingjay. See, I couldn’t buy it for myself – gods forbid I buy this in hardcover when the other two I own in the trilogy are in paperback… but if someone else bought it for me in hardcover… WELL… That’s a totally different story.

And when I received it, I didn’t surface until the next day, after I was finished devouring the whole book.

I thought, in all honesty, that this was the best way to end this trilogy. Yes, there were flaws. Yes, there was an epilogue (and after the Harry Potter epilogue, I have disliked epilogues greatly). But it was a great story. A phenomenal story. I absolutely loved this book.

It tied off all the lose ends. The characters in the books changed and grew so much. There was action! Adventure! Romance! Heartbreak! It had everything that made a thoroughly enjoyable book.

What I found a little bit unenjoyable about this one was that, while there were no actual Hunger Games, the whole raid on the Capital was VERY MUCH like the two previous games that we had seen. I understand why it was done. It’s completely understandable to carry the theme through to the last book, since they ere such integral parts in the previous two books… but, it started feeling a little old. It was interesting in the second book because the dynamics were so different with the older contestants… but it wore a little bit thin in this last book.

That said, what each book does very well is show different political dynamics, how people in power see Katniss as a pawn to use, and how she learns to navigate these different environments. She’s a survivor, and will do whatever it takes to keep those she cares for alive as well. Which, in all honesty, made this extremely heartbreaking at times.

It also really did well with showing how Peeta is tortured and the drastic effect on both him and Katniss. This was both the most disturbing part and the most interesting to read. Horrifying to see how Peeta is tortured into the belief that Katniss isn’t a good person. Heartbreaking to see Katniss distance herself from Peeta because of this. Beautiful to see his healing process.

The Bottom Line

Loved this book. I’ll definitely be keeping the trilogy, and will be rereading it soon.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:16 am January 10, 2014.
Category: Young Adult
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  • Kelly Rogers

    I was different with it… I really liked The first book in the trilogy, but I didn’t LOVE the other two.

  • Courtney Wilson

    I really didn’t like the first, because I didn’t like being stuck in Katniss’s brain. She wasn’t, imo, a very likeable character in the first book, but I ended up loving her in the end of the trilogy.

    What was it that made the first really stand out for you?

  • Kelly Rogers

    I read it before the hype? I have some issues with really hyped up books. I get disappointed when people freak out because it holds these books up to such high standards and it makes me expect more than seems to be possible.

  • Courtney Wilson

    Haha, so do I. I try to avoid books with a lot of hype until all the hype has died down… mostly just out of stubbornness. LOL.