Book: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Pages: 390 (Hardcover)
Mockingjay is the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy. I wasn’t sure what to expect, since a few reviews I saw for The Hunger Games and Catching Fire said that Mockingjay was a big letdown.
I didn’t find that at all. It is a lot different than the other 2 books, especially since Katniss and several other characters from the 1st two books are now living in District 13. Katniss is very different than she was in the first 2 books. She definitely seemed to be more reflective, and things seemed to weigh more heavily on her, at least a little, and mostly towards the end. It’s much more emotional, because we see the things that have been set in motion come to fruition.
I knew there wasn’t going to be a traditional happy ending. How could there be, when the trilogy has been about the government knowing how fragile they really are, and sending kids to fight each other to the death to keep the entire country in line? There is definitely a lot to think about, not just with this book, but with the entire series. I think Mockingjay, more than either of the previous books, has a lot of questions to be answered. Where do you draw the line in war? It’s can be an awfully thin line between justice and vengeance. Do you give back what you received? Do you show mercy to people who you know wouldn’t return the favor? Do you kill innocent people on the other side because those leaders killed innocent people on your side?
It is a heavy book, but I thought it was a fitting end to the trilogy. The death of certain characters, like Prim and Finnick, were sad. Katniss didn’t dwell on those 2 particular deaths, but maybe she shouldn’t at the time. Death is hard, especially when you feel like it was your fault that they died. There was a little happiness at the very end, but then again, this series isn’t meant to be a happy one.
In the end, I’m glad Peeta and Katniss ended up together. I’m certainly glad there were only hints of romance in the series, and in the end, I think it was always supposed to be Katniss and Peeta. Who else could understand what the other went through since the start of The Hunger Games?
All in all, it gets a 5 out of 5. The Hunger Games is a great trilogy, and Mockingjay was a great ending to a great series.