By: Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games Trilogy Book 3
Okay. If you don’t know what Mockingjay is by now, you have been living under a rock.
I read the first two books of this trilogy back to back about five years ago. And I started the third one a few months later but never finished.
So, true to my nature, I finally finished what I had started. Check it off the list.
The Hunger Games books are not meant to be works of art. They are fun; they are superior YA fiction; they are engaging. I enjoy them, yeah. And you probably will too, even if you aren’t a 12 year old tween. They’re just FUN.
It is weird to say that a book set upon the premise of a society which regularly pits its children against each other in a fight to the death is fun, but here we are. And don’t get me wrong: SEVERAL people die. I think that’s the beauty of these YA books – they allow you to explore some really hard themes without actually crushing your spirit.
I could criticize Collins for days, and many people have, but I think that sort of misses the point. Is Katniss a flawed heroine? Sure. Should you not read these books because of it? Eye roll.
I will say, I am slightly disappointed with the way this trilogy wrapped up. I am always sad when I have to walk away from a world – like Panem – but in this case, it’s more than that. I won’t spoil, but I think maybe I should’ve left off midway through like I did all those years ago.
Whatever. Still fun.
Hunger Games fan? Try these:
(for more Young Adult science fiction)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
(for more by Collins)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins
(for the classics of the genre)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The Epic of Gilgamesh compiled by Andrew George
The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien