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Mockingjay Review

Spoiler Alert!!!!!

Real or not real? This book was awesome.

Real.

I finally had the chance to read this. It was my reward for finishing my latest work in progress, and was a well chosen reward. Finished this at 3:30 am. It was a satisfying read all the way around. The conclusion worked for me and no everything wasn’t perfect, but it was *right*

My quibbles were with the whole capital infiltration. It was all for naught because Katniss arrived at the same time as the rebels. She could’ve just gone with them and saved that loss of life. If the failure had been for some greater learning or revelation, it wouldn’t have bothered me, but it seemed to be just a waste of time for everyone.

I’ll be honest; when Katniss voted to do another round of hunger games for the capital’s children, I hated her. I hated her with every ounce of my being. You have to forgive me for not seeing through the subterfuge. It was 3 in the morning and I was tired! When the arrow knocked a new hole in Coin, I figured it out and got over it. When Coin said she’d flip Katniss for the chance to kill Snow, it very much felt like the hunger games vote was the coin toss. If Katniss hadn’t sided with Coin (no pun intended) on that one, she might not have been given the chance to be aiming arrows and keeping the entire mess  from hitting repeat.

I loved the ending. The ultimate ending. It had to be Peeta. Always. Gale was the hot headed guy who wanted revolution and war. Katniss just wanted to live her life with the people she loved.

When I heard there was a team Gale, I laughed. Seriously people? Team Gale? Peeta is the boy with bread. He is the life she wants. Enough said. I loved that Peeta had a reawakening on his feelings for Katniss. He finally saw Katniss for who she was and then wanted her still in the end. Once she’d been kicked off the pedestal–he was around to pick her back up, brush her off, and say, “I still choose you, even though you suck, and make me furious, and are sometimes incredibly selfish. I still want you, because of the million things you do that don’t suck, that aren’t selfish, that don’t make me furious.”

That’s true love, baby–realizing its imperfections and wanting it anyway.

So for me the book was great.  It was good to climb into bed at that hour and put my cold toes on my husband’s warm feet and be grateful for the things in my life–to be grateful for my own version of Peeta lying next to me–the man who knows all my demons, and sees all the flaws, yet says, “I still choose you.”

All in all I was/am satisfied with the book. Though I know it is wrong to covet the talents of other authors. I am insane with jealousy over the beautiful prose of this book. Maybe when I’m all grown up, I too can write like THAT.

Five stars. Thank you Suzanne Collins.

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4 Responses
  1. Kimberly says:

    I don’t know whether to applaud or shout amen…my feelings exactly.

    And even though I hated the infiltration and what a waste it all was, part of that made the book more real than not real. Because real life isn’t wrapped up in neat little plot lines that all mean something and get woven together into a cohesive whole. It made Katniss more real to me too, that she could be that…crazy, without it all having turned out to be for the best. It was NOT for the best, and wow…that just blew me away. In a good way.

  2. Julie says:

    You know Kim . . . I like that line of reasoning. That the infiltration was just like reality where you went through something awful and hindsight tells you how you could have avoided it all. Reality bites sometimes. Good point.

  3. Carolyn V says:

    So true! It was a great book. =)

  4. Janette Rallison says:

    I have to disagree with you on this one, Julie. I did like the book but I thought it fell far short of her other two. Katniss and Peeta were such awesome, strong characters in the first two books and in this one Katniss was always on the verge of a nervous breakdown and Peeta was insane. Plus, I wanted a romance between those two. That didn’t happen either. They got together in an epilogue sort of way, and the reader gets the impression that it was only because Peeta was around and Gale took off and stopped caring about her. (He never checked up on her? Really?)

    But worst of all, Katniss lied to her team, took them into the capital and then pretty much got them all killed for no reason. They didn’t accomplish anything. The rebels took over the capital without their help.

    And then Katniss and Haymitch voted for the Hunger Games? Yeah, I figured she didn’t mean it, but why did she say it in the first place? The author never really says. Yes, she did end up shooting the president but couldn’t she have done that if she voted no? So she just looks vengeful and bad.

    I loved the first two books so much, I was really expecting for more from the third.

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