Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Published on July 28, 2012

I finally finished reading Mockingjay, the last installment of The Hunger Games trilogy last week. It’s a good book. That ends my review. THE END.

MockingjayPhoto taken from wikipedia.com

Haha! Kidding aside, if I read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire in a flash, it took me days to finish Mockingjay. I’m not saying it’s not a good read because it is. I just can’t understand the obvious decline of momentum of the last book. Collins awed everybody in the first book. And in my humble opinion, the second book surpassed it. Collins even left the readers hanging at the end of Catching Fire making me look forward to finish the series.

If you’re a reader of the series, you know that all the books are split in three parts. The first part of Mockingjay bored me a little. My excitement was brought back when I finished reading the second part. I heard that the movie version will be split in two parts. If it comes out, it will be a challenge for the filmmakers to make watching the first part exciting.

SPOILER ALERT!

My friend Me-Anne told me that I should be prepared to be depressed. And she’s right! I’m not really a sucker for happy endings, but the ending was somehow a letdown. Being a reader who finds reason in everything, more questions than answers were formed in my mind. Although I think that if the author really aimed to make the readers think, she succeeded.

I was down to the last few pages of the book when I realized that the Peeta-Katniss-Gale love triangle hasn’t been resolved. Although I was happy with the logic why she ended up with who she ended up with, I just felt that the resolution of the conflict was too abrupt. Buti pa si Bella pumili, si Katniss wala lang choice. :p

By the end of the book, the characters are either dead or suffer a certain mental illness. I know that some people were needed to be “sacrificed” for the success of the “cause”, but killing one important character somehow made me feel that all of the efforts of Katniss were just put to waste. Although in the end, years after the last Hunger Games, she started reaping the fruits of the war’s success.

Again, I may be disappointed in some aspects of the book, but it is still a good read.

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