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Suzanne Collins
Friday, Sep 10, 2010

I approached Mockingjay with a bit of apprehension. You know when there is something you really love you worry that the author/creator might ruin it with one swift stroke of the pen? That is the anxiety I felt leading up to the release of Mockingjay. How could you possibly end a series as great as the Hunger Games? Would Katniss survive? What would happen to Panem!? Although I liked Mockingjay it was certainly not a satisfying book.

It starts out with Katniss waking up in District 13 where the resistance is building. She doesn't want to participate but with Peeta captured in the capitol she sees it as the only way to get him back and make things right again. She agrees to become the poster-girl for the revolution, filming commercials and spitting out sound bytes for the masses. This is not the Katniss that we loved hearing about in the first two books, her weapons are taken away, she has become more of a movie star than a survivor, but deep down there is still that flame which drew us to love her in the first place. (*note: it is really hard to talk about this book without giving away too much)

Some people have complained that too much of Mockingjay is "told" to the reader instead of experiencing the action with Katniss as we have in the other books. And although I think this is true, I also think you need to look at this book more as a comment on the horrors of war than the first two in the trilogy. It wouldn't be realistic for a 17 year-old to be in the thick of every battle, and every discussion in the war room. Especially when it comes to the end of the book, which I will not mention for those of you still waiting for you copy to arrive. In summation, although I enjoyed Mockingjay I think that in the future when I go back to reread the series I might just stop after the second book, but then again I might not be able to stop once I read the first two!

Kate M.

Written by Kate M.

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