Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mockingjay

Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

On the library stacks: YA Fiction
Series: Book 3 of 3 (Hunger Games)

Recommended for: Grades 9+

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

NO SPOILER REVIEW

Well, I went to Borders yesterday morning armed with my newly arrived 50% off coupon in my email. (I must say I was super impressed with Borders for sending it to me since that was the pre-order price.) School didn't start until today, so there was me and a few teenage girls in line all eagerly clutching our Mockingjay books pulled from the prominent display at the entrance. I was only able to read off and on during the day, but I finally finished around 10pm last night.

Phew...this book was quite the ride. The action was great and there were twists I did not anticipate. About halfway through I set the book down stunned and needing to catch my breath. But, this book is not as strong as the first two. Some of the character development broke down for me, the romance element was missing its spark, and the ending was just anti-climatic. I felt like the anti-war message came on a little strong at the expense of the story.

But, it's fantabulous trilogy all around. So I'll shut up now.

Also reviewed by: Lisa's Book Nook ~ Book Nut ~ my thoughts exactly ~ My Friend Amy ~ Your link here?

Book 77 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge
Book 36 of 50 for the YA Reading Challenge

Source: Purchased

8 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I haven't even started the trilogy yet - I feel so out of it.

Andi said...

Looks like it's still worth reading. Enjoyed the first two books in the series. I'll put my name on the library wait list for it though... so maybe in the spring, I'll let you know what I think. ;)

Lisa said...

So I guess I should de-lurk. ;) Love your blog, by the way.

I agree with everything you said. This one definitely fell short. I couldn't put it down, yet I spent the entire time thinking that it in no way compared to how great The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were/are. I couldn't agree more about the anti-war message coming on too strong. That's exactly how I felt.

Anna said...

I'm starting the book today. I hope it's just as good as the other two books.

Corinne said...

Yeah. What you said :)

Mary Beth said...

I agree with you completely. Especially about the ending. The rest of the book is so descriptive, I sort of felt like the last 50 pages of my book must have been ripped out and someone else just added a little synopsis of what I missed.

Still a great series though!

Stephanie said...

I loved Mockingjay, although I wouldn't have guessed that I would have that reaction.

Sarah said...

I thought this entire trilogy was just so good. I am soooo glad I finally got around to reading it. I kind of feel the same way as you about the character breakdown and the anti climactic ending. I was really disappointed in how Gale turned out.