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Mockingjay: Predictions Answered…kinda

To say I loved Mockingjay would be a lie. To say that it gave me a definite emotional pay-off would be a lie, too. I can say with absolute truth (for those of you not post-modern enough to believe in absolute truth), that this was a tough book with themes that run deeper than boy-meets-girl or coming-of-age. It showcased intense themes of sacrifice, war, repentance, brokenness and the kind of love that gives until nothing is left.

This book is a tough read that exemplifies the best and worst of humanity. I wouldn’t dare compare this book to the great pieces of literature that have shaken me to my core, but I can say that it left me thinking about the story long after I had turned the last digital page.

Below is exactly what I said about Mockingjay in my Amazon review of the novel. It’s my first review ever on this site, so I’d love to hear any feedback, suggestions on how I can improve or any other comments. :)

Mockingjay Review on Amazon As I turned the last page of this book-well, rather clicked the “next page” button on my E-book reader- I felt completely broken and a little surprised. Mockingjay was a stunning conclusion to The Hunger Games trilogy. I think all readers should know that this journey is a very tough one. In many great peices of literature like Toni Morrison’s masterpiece¬†Beloved (Everyman’s Library), the reader goes through a lot with the characters. I warn readers that there is heavy violence, cruelty and death woven in every page of this book.

Despite the gore and sadness that fill the pages, there is a sense of honesty in this story. Katniss, Peeta, Gale and even Coin are all believable characters in the hell that is Panem in revolt. Classified as a teen novel, some would think that the “bad parts” would be skimmed over or left out, but Collins embraces the brutality and horror of a world that is in a post-apocalyptic state, where the human race has already reached it’s breaking point and is living the adage “every man for himself” wholeheartedly.

Although Katniss is battered and broken and challenged at every turn, she keeps going. And, that’s why I kept reading. Even though she can be unlikable at times, you understand why and keep turning page after page (or clicking button after button) trying to figure out how things end up.

This is not a story that you feel especially rewarded at the end of- there’s so much going on that you’re trying to figure out what just happend a few pages ago before you can process the page you’re on. BUT- it is a story that you’ll think about days later. The ending is something that readers may object to because it is not a victory where no one is hurt, no one dies and no one leaves with too many scars- physically and mentally. The ending is just like the rest of the book- fitting to the time, place and situation and crushing and sweet all at the same time.

The world Collins creates feels fully fleshed out and tangible- and just a bit scary because Panem doesn’t seem all that imaginary and far-fetched at times…I highly recommend it.

Here you can see my review on Amazon and check out my profile, too.

To follow up on my last post, I was both right and wrong about my predictions. In order to avoid spoilers, I can’t say that which ones are which. But, honestly, the way this novel ends- it kinda dosen’t matter. All I really cared about was what happened with Katniss. What decisions does she make? Is she happy? Does happiness even matter to her? Where will she go from here?

On the top of the Empire State Building, saying "hi" to Mistah Kong.

On the top of the Empire State Building, saying "hi" to Mistah Kong.

I’m not sure if this happens to anybody else, but in really raw stories like this, I end up comparing the story to my own life. Not exact situations but general ideas like- what kind of tough decisions have I made in my life? What is in store for my future? If I had the answers to these questions, would it change anything now? From there, I take a deep breath, calm down and say a prayer (and exchange my book for a more relaxing read). Plus, looking at my fav funny pictures always cheers me up- like me, my mom and our best friend, Kong.

I hope this pic gives you a laugh as well. Next week I’m reviewing¬†Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder, the final book in the Glass series.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://Website SuzanneK

    I appreciated the honesty and candor of your review. I felt shell shocked after finishing Mockingjay. The series finally made me think of 1984, Brave New World, and Farenheit 451 (which was not missed in regement 451). Panem is the big brother for this generation. The thing that weighed on me the most was how younger readers would handle and process the harsh violence and post tramatic life of their favorite characters. HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE do not prepare the readers for the onslate of mental and physical torment and fractured lives that fill MOCKINGJAY. I also felt like she rushed the last third of the book to keep it under 400 pages. It is an excellent book for high school students to use to compare the mental and physical torture that American POW soldiers endured in Korea and Vietnam. It is the 9 – 13 year olds who have become engrossed in the first two books with Team Peeta and Team Gale, that I am concerned for. Prim has become everyones favorite and so entwined with the innocence of Rue, that her death and the slaughter of the children with mixed blame of the ‘good guys’ is a hard pill to swallow no matter what the age of the reader. Mockingjay was an incredible end to this trilogy despite the disturbing tone of the book.

  • Lisa

    Suzanne, I definitely agree! I wondered how young kids could cope with all the crazy violence of this series. Because there really is quite a lot of it. I also thought it was a great ending to the series, as well.

    From the Amazon reviews I read, people seemed to fall into a mixed bag of responses. I think there was a definite sense of disappointment, but it seemed that was from the younger crowd. I definitely understood the struggle and casualties that were needed for Katniss’ growth, but it certainly wasn’t Harry Potter-esk where all the most beloved characters make it out alive at the end.