Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mockingjay

Book Details:
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Page Count: 390
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
Why I read it: 3rd in series
Grade: A+

Cover thoughts:
I love this cover. The colors are great, I love the picture of the mockingjay. The only thing is, why do publishers or authors or whoever does the cover design think that Stephenie Meyer's opinion is a good thing to put on there? I mean, really.

About the author:
Suzanne Collins is the author of the Hunger Games trilogy and The Underland Chronicles. She is amazing, and you can check out her website here.

The plot:
I don't want to give away spoilers for this book or the previous two, so I'll just say here that this is the third and final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, and it blew me away. If you've not yet read The Hunger Games, get off the computer immediately and go buy the whole trilogy. And then read it. I'm not kidding around here.

Characters:
Oh, Katniss, I really love you, but you break my heart. How you are not a puddle of goo on the floor by the end of the series, I'll never know. I love the characters in these books. I must admit that I've always been Team Gale, but this book for me was really all about Katniss. And Finnick a little bit. Okay, a lot. I loved Finnick. But so many of the characters in this book were broken down and at the end of their rope. It was hard to read at times. There were times when I had to put the book down so I could cry for a little bit. And there were times when I was literally sobbing.

Setting:
This series is set in the future in what used to be the United States. Collins has created an amazing world here, although definitely not one that I'd like to visit anytime soon. Or ever.

Notable quotes:
"You're still trying to protect me. Real or not real," he whispers.
"Real," I answer. - "Because that's what you and I do, protect each other."

"Is that why you hate me?" I ask.
"Partly," She admits. "Jealousy is certainly involved. I also think you're a little hard to swallow. With your tacky romantic drama and your defender-of-the-helpless act. Only it isn't an act, which makes you more unbearable. Please feel free to take this personally."

Read this if you're in the mood for: the best book you've read in a long time. But first read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.

Continue or part ways? In case I haven't made it clear, I loved this book. No, it wasn't perfect, but after waiting for this book all year, I wasn't disappointed at all. I'm only disappointed that I read it so fast and now I'm done. I don't want to read anything else right now because I'm afraid nothing will measure up. I haven't read the Underland Chronicles yet, so I'll be getting to those when I get a chance, and I'll definitely be reading anything else Collins writes.

6 comments:

Angiegirl said...

I completely agree. Not perfect. But a seriously great read and ultimately very, very satisfying.

melissa @ 1lbr said...

I'm still feeling a little conflicted, but still I agree it was a great read.

Felicia H. said...

I am going to buy it today, things have been so crazy here I forgot it was out.

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Faye said...

everybody is in shock after reading this. I prolonged reading Catching Fire b/c i don't want the series to end!

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