Mockingjay

By: Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games Trilogy Book 3
2010
Fiction
Rating: 3/5

Mockingjay

Okay. If you don’t know what Mockingjay is by now, you have been living under a rock.

Suzanne Collins‘s Hunger Games trilogy took the world by storm and the movies are responsible for launching the careers of Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth.

Big stuff.

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.

I’ll admit that I’m a fan of the recent swathe of YA dystopian series: Divergent, Maze Runner, etc. Yeah, I like it all. IT’S FUN. How many times do I have to say it?

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.

#TeamGale

 

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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

 

Coming up:

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

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