Friday, August 27, 2010

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay is such a tragic story, and almost to the end of it I began to regret reading it. Thinking the endings I made up in my head were better than the ending of this story. Main characters die and leave you grieving for them. There is a lot of violence and massacre and I am not sure how young someone should be to read this book. Suzanne Collins does a great job describing events and bringing out emotions out of the reader whether it is anger, laughter, or grief.

Mockingjay starts up where Catching Fire ended. Katniss is in the rubble of district 12, no longer what it use to be. Tripping over skulls, Katniss cannot really get a grip of what really happened. Only 800 or so survived. And this fuels Katniss kill Snow. Then, Katniss is thrown into life in district 13 as a rebel, where schedules get printed on your arm and everything is straight and to the point. Katniss is still under the camera's scrutiny, but this time to defy the capitol and become the Mockingjay.

Not only is this book about revenge for Katniss, but it digs deeper into some history of characters as well. Like, why President Snow smells like roses. Or Finnicks and Haymitch's history with the capitol and why they are how they are now. There is also a brief discussion about the meaning of the countries name "Panem".

I think my favorite part of the book is the simple relationship between Katniss and Buttercup. At the beginning Katniss and Buttercup have a great interaction with each other giving some comic relief to the sorrow of the rest of the plot. But, at the end, the relationship between Katniss and Buttercup leaves me in tears. I really loved the addition of Buttercup in this book it really brought the book together for me. Even though it was a very small part of the book.

Suzanne Collins has a great way of making the storyline become dull and a bit boring and then all at once hit you with a new situation that leave you at the edge of your seat, biting your fingernails as Katniss gets thrown into a tough spot.

Some of the things that happened in the book, I really wished didn't happened. I don't want to say any of them to give it away. But to be vague, people dying. Or descriptions of people that were on the sidelines that died. It really bought emotion to the scene but at the same time was it necessary? You really get attached to a character and then all of sudden they are gone, dead. It was sad.

In the end, everything comes together I suppose. Everything is wrapped up. And it was a great trilogy.

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