Release Date: August 24, 2010
Received From: Kindle Store & Bookstore
My Rating: 5 Stars (of course!)
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.
This is going to be a very unconventional review (really more of a rambling than a review) filled with spoilers so beware!
Honestly, I don’t know what to say. After reading the first two installments of this trilogy can you really expect anything but greatness? No. But I must say that Suzanne Collins still had some surprises up her sleeve. I really had no idea how this book was going to pan out. I knew there would be war and rebellion, but I never envisioned it happening they way it did.
District 13 was nothing like I imagined. I pictured a republic. Something that resembles our way of life. I don’t know why I was thinking that. The people in Katniss’s world have never experienced freedom. But I wasn’t expecting the rigid schedules and rules of Thirteen. I also loved the introduction of President Coin as another suspicious character. As if there weren’t enough things to worry about! I all worked perfectly, though.
I felt that the love triangle really took a back seat ride in this one. Which is the way it should be. Mockingjay was about the rebellion. It came first. Not teenage love. It was in the back of my mind the entire time, though. I’ve said it 1 million times, but Suzanne Collins is a genius. The obstacles she threw at these three characters, but mostly Katniss and Peeta, were incredibly horrifying. I couldn’t see a resolution for them at all and I was left guessing until almost the end who Katniss would choose. It was always Peeta. There’s no way Collins could have chosen Gale for her. They weren’t meant to be. Although, I think Gale fans will be outraged at the abrupt dismissal of him. That’s the way it felt to me, anyway, and I’m team Peeta.
The whole ending in general seemed a bit abrupt to me, but after putting some thought into it, I don’t see how it could have ended any other way. Katniss made some decisions that were completely out of character for her in the last 100 pages, but I think by this point she was so ready for everything to end that she just didn’t care. Yes, it was tidy, but I think of all the fictional characters in the world, these needed a happy ending, or as happy as they could get. They were almost damaged beyond repair, so I think the ending was fitting. The epilogue left me with a warm fuzzy feeling, actually, the end of the last chapter left me grinning like an idiot through my tears!
This trilogy is an instant classic. I will be rereading it for years to come!