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4 Stars: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins Audiobook

I’m thrilled to say that I’ve finally caught up and finished Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins! I was able to find a copy of the audiobook on my library Overdrive, woot! It was also excellent timing since it let me start Mockingjay right after finishing Catching Fire, definitely necessary ;-). Mockingjay is a spectacular conclusion to this already spectacular trilogy and a book I’m tempted to listen to again if I find myself low on audiobooks >.>. The narration is amazing for Mockingjay and Catching Fire (probably Hunger Games, too, but I only listened to the last two!). If you haven’t finished this trilogy yet, or want to reread it, I definitely recommend the audiobook! There will also be spoilers for the first two books!

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Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Length: 9 discs
Genre-ish: Dystopia YA
Rating★★★- awesome plot, weird ending

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year. – Goodreads

Strengths:

  • I loved that Mockingjay departed from the “games” plot line that has been in the last two books. Obviously there aren’t any Hunger Games to participate in now >.>.
  • We finally get to see much more of the real Panem and the Capitol in Mockingjay, beyond what we peeked at in Catching Fire.
  • The character developments in Mockingjay were heart-wrenching and compelling. We got to know Gale much better since he’s finally able to be around some, and there is just a lot to find out about all the characters that didn’t play major roles in the first two books.
  • The plot twists! The last third of the book confused me greatly at times for other reasons, but the plot twists made it all better :D.

Weaknesses:

  • Without going into too much detail, I really didn’t like parts of the ending. The commentary they made on all the preceding events (and deaths) was just horrible. I’ll discuss more at the end ;-).
  • Some of the character deaths seemed arbitrary and unnecessary. Yes, they pulled at my heartstrings, but was that the only point??
  • Love triangle drama… :(

Summary:

I had a couple of reservations about the ending of Mockingjay, however I am very glad that I finally finished The Hunger Games trilogy. It was an epic and wild ride. I am now even more excited for the movies to come out so that I can relieve the adventure all over again :D. Anyone who loves epic adventure, compelling writing, and a great dystopian world should definitely finish this trilogy. While you’re at it, try to find a copy of the audio version and let your ears smile, hehe!

SPOILERY DISCUSSION!!!

All right, I just had to briefly discuss that ending. It’s now been about a month unfortunately (I’m getting better at reviewing right away!), so forgive me and gently correct any messed up details. When Coin and the group start going on about having a Hunger Games with the Capitol children, my chin dropped. I seriously got so many icky feelings about what that conversation said about history repeating itself. Then the whole assassination was crazy, and probably for the best given the conversation previously, but also a bit confusing. Anyone have any insight they can lend to make me feel less confused/icky about the rebel leaders? Or do you think that was the whole point?

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings - A

 

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Comments

  1. Heyyyy, the obsessive one is back :)…*THIS WILL BE SPOILER LADEN*

    First…I had the most issues with this book out of the series…the deaths that seemed so incredibly absurd, mainly Prim and Finnick, made me want to hurt Suzanne Collins. Though, I’ve been thinking on it, and Mrs. Collins put SO MUCH into her books about the darkness of war; how better to show that then with unnecessary death?

    The love triangle drama was sort of obnoxious in parts of this……Though, this book made me appreciate Gale for who he was now. In the first two I could only appreciate him for how he helped shape Katniss and how he cared about her and helped her survived. Plus, he volunteered to help Peeta, that kind of selflessness rocks. (well, there are people who say he only did that so Katniss couldn’t cling to him as an excuse and she would have to face them and then, in his mind, choose him…but, I think Gale is genuinely a better person than that)

    I adore the “last games” conversation and the assassination. ..Why? lemme tell ya!

    One, because Coin was power hungry ruler who would have changed Panem from one kind of horrible to another. I hated her.

    Two, because it adds an entire other level to the books-Mockingjay had a lot more of a political aspect to it, WHICH I ADORED, and the way the series ends with all that drama just when you think everything is going to be okay because “the good guys won” is realistic. Everyone had trusted her simply because she was against Snow, no one thought about the future of Panem, they just wanted him gone. Post revolution is the easiest time for a country to be swept off into simply a new kind of oppression, and that is what Panem was headed for. By not having the rebellion leaders be the Knights in Shining Armor everyone expected them to be, she added an entire other message and level of depth to the books.

    Three, because the conversation about the games shows the level of hatred they were going to have to overcome to actually end up with an okay country..the books end, the story doesn’t. There is still so much left to do and figure out, just none of it has to do with Katniss…it’s the really important stuff now.

    Four, these books are realistic. The emotions, the reactions, the people-they all feel very real. Real life doesn’t get wrapped up in a perfect little box labeled “happy” neither does THG and I greatly respect Mrs. Collins for that.

    When I finished I about whipped the book across the room but my sister yelled “THERE’S AN EPILOGUE” so then I read that 5 times and then stared at the wall for a good half hour…it was bad…Such a good series…I’m proud to be part of the Hunger Games generation…i’m just hoping people forget about Twilight…

    • Yey discussion time :D

      That is an excellent point about the darkness of war, since unnecessary deaths happen all the time in actual war. I never thought about it that way, and it makes me feel a little bit better about losing Prim…. I definitely think Gale was just being a good person, I don’t like reading too much into that sort of dynamic, haha.

      Exactly, everyone was thinking that they just needed to get rid of Snow to fix things and didn’t think about what kind of world they wanted to live in after that. I very much like those realistic elements, completely agreed.

      Haha, yes, let’s all forget that Twilight happened… let’s make better movies too!

      • Hahaha, I forgot how long my comment was!! I’m such a nerd..

        I was so sad when Prim died…and then the whole thing with Gale’s bombs….it just all so perplexing!!

        I’ve seen stuff before that said “We will be remember as the generation that loved sparkly vampires”..I’m so glad Dystopia is coming along and wiping all that away!!

  2. Spot on about the deaths. Way uneeded, and it took away from the overall plot. I think I stuck a 2 star rating. I loved the grittiness, but I felt that Katniss was way out of character.

    • Another commenter brought up on my review of Catching Fire that Katniss seems to be going all over with her character. Everyone is losing people and she is the only one completely breaking down, which doesn’t really make sense for the girl who was supposed to be a bit disconnected with her emotions in the first book….

  3. Yeah, I agree that some of the deaths were pointless. It got to the point where it seemed like some characters were only there so that they could die, needlessly, and that often lessened the impact of their death.

    Also, as for the ending, I wanted to smack Gale upside the head. He’s been her friend for years, they’re close as anythng, but oh, boohoo, he’s not the one she picked to be romantic with so he just tosses aside the friendship and buggers off somewhere? That was low. I liked him a lot in the first book. He seemed like a loyal guy with a good head on his shoulders. Then the way he acts at the end made everything he’d previously done just seem like he was only befriending Katniss for the chance to get with her, and that ruined the whole character for me. It seemed so very out of character that I wonder if the author didn’t realize she’d backed herself into a corner with the love triangle and honestly couldn’t think of a good way to get Gale out of it, so just made him do something ridiculous.

    End rant.

    • Yup, like animals that are in books just to make a painful death for the main character to go through *sigh* Though Emilee makes the point above that there are lots of pointless deaths in war and perhaps Collins was trying to convey that *shrugs*

      Excellent point though, I liked Gale a lot but he got super moody :( That is always the problem with love triangles huh?

  4. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    I liked Mockingjay, but it definitely had flaws! I think we were supposed to dislike the rebel leaders after they said that. I know I did. I was pretty happy with where her arrow went because I’m sure it would have been just as bad with her.

    I liked how the ending of the love triangle ended up, Peeta FTW :) Gale was a jerk and never would have understood what she went through.

    As for unneeded, deaths, yup, there were too many of them. They made me sad, but sometimes I just didn’t understand why.

    I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    • In the end I was definitely happy with where the arrow went, I just couldn’t believe that it happened. I sort of wish we didn’t need to resort to more violence, oh well.

      • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

        Yeah, true. At least it was the last bit of violence like that. The people could start over with new leaders.

  5. Out of all three books, Mockingjay was easily my least favorite. It’s been years now so I’m a bit sketchy on all the details…but I remember it just being so unbearably heavy on my emotions. I was just as addicted and invested but it all felt like too much….too much loss, to big a price for Katniss, Peeta and Gale to pay.Ugh, it hurt my heart but at the same time I couldn’t help appreciate the more ‘realistic’ way Suzanne Collins handled revolution and war – how it doesn’t just finish after the ‘good’ guys win, how the toll it takes on soldiers or fighters is so IMMENSE…wow!

    So yeah, being bit fuzzy on the details, I did like Coin’s discussion about future Hunger Games because she was also evil. She just hated Snow but she wasn’t really any different, so she needed to go too. She’s done her bit but if she stayed she’d just turn around and become her own version of Snow…it just proved that Snow wasn’t the only part of their system that was broken and that the danger was still far from over, for everyone.

    Eeeek, all this talk makes me want to re-read the series now. I really should cause I think it’s a re-read worthy series but just thinking about Mockingjay makes me sad all over again…I think I’ll wait to see all the movies :) Awesome review Anya ♥

    • Yeah, the realism was good once I thought about it, but just so hard to process at the time. I did like Collins showing that removing one dictator doesn’t fix everything if the next person is just the same. I’m so excited for the movies, they are going to be amazing!!

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