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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins: Review (No SPOILERS)

This is going to be a hard one to right because there is so much I want to say, but I don't want to give anything away.  Honestly, you can stop here right now if you want to -- Just go buy the book -- TRUST ME -- it is worth the price and more.

Just in case you want more -- or are just bored -- here we go

Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3)
by Suzanne Collins
ISBN: 978-0-439-02351-1
Suggested Ages: 12+ (Mostly because of violence) See note in Who Should/Shouldn't Read

Description: 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 ...more 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

The Good Stuff
  • All of it - don't bother reading anymore, I cannot do this book justice
  • Damn I wish I was a writer so I could explain how wonderful this book (not to mention the rest of the series) was
  • A wonderful written emotional roller-coaster of a story that hooks you in from the first sentence right to the closing paragraph.  You will not want to put the book down -- I'm warning you don't start reading if you have to put it down at some point
  • Richly drawn characters that you grow to love or hate. They will feel like family to you 
  • Your heart will be ripped out, stomped on, but you will keep on reading because you love it so much
  • Wonderful character development
  • Incredibly Satisfying ending -- won't say more than that
  • Brilliant and powerful written commentary on the power of corruption and the atrocities committed by those in power and during times of war
  • The relationships between characters are so heartbreakingly honest and real
  • A story that will last through the ages, it will be on most peoples favorites list
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Once I started I didn't want to stop reading and the damn kids wanted me to feed them, play with them and get them ready for bed -- and BTW I did -- but as soon as they were in bed I opened up the book again and didn't stop till it was done -- 1:00 am - now I need an XL frickin Tim Horton's coffee just to make it till lunch
  • It's the end of the Trilogy : ( and I have grown to love all of these characters
Favorite Quotes/Passages
"But I don't know what to tell him about the aftermath of killing a person. About how they never leave you."

"Frankly, our ancestors don't seem much to brag about. I mean, look at the state they left us in, with the wars and the broken planet. Clearly, they didn't care about what would happen to the people who came after them."

"I hiss before he gets a chance, which seems to annoy him a little, since he considers hissing his own personal sound of contempt.  In retaliation, he gives a helpless kitten mew that brings my sister immediately to his defense."

"We're fickle, stupid things with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction."

What I Learned
  • NO ONE ever wins in war 
  • That I really want to read more by Suzanne Collins
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Pretty much would recommend this to anyone except those without a heart or more sensitive younger readers.  
  • More sensitive younger readers (or pretty much any sensitive reader) will have a hard time with,  the at times,  brutal violence.  I still think they should read it but maybe have them talk it over with their parents afterwards.  A wonderful book to start conversations about violence, the government, reality tv and much more
  • This is a MUST book for EVERY library
10/5 Dewey's - Trust me just go buy the damn book, you know you want to!

I received this book from the wonderful Nikole at Scholastic in return for an honest review

Minor spoiler below - highlight if want to find out about Buttercup

Minor Spoiler for those like me who hate when animals are killed -- Buttercup lives!


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