Book Review: The Hunger Games – Book 3 – Mockingjay

Posted: February 15, 2012 in Book Reviews
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I have just finished reading “Mockingjay”, the third and final book of The Hunger Games trilogy!

Mockingjay

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I haven’t read anything so awesome in ages! I was wondering how they could top the second book, but then i forgot that there’s clearly got to be some kind of battle for the rebels to try to defeat the Capitol!

There are so many twists in this book, and so many horrific deaths. It’s like the Games but everyone in the country is involved in some way, either as unsuspecting victims, or as the killers. We finally get to understand just how complex the whole thing is, with the people is charge not always being so great as you think, and the underdog being far more useful and important than anyone else thought.

I’m glad Katniss and Peeta survive, but their relationship is again pushed to the limit and in this book it seems very possible that they have been destroyed forever. I was shocked at so many events which happened to make their connection seem impossible, but the ending made me realise that no matter how much stuff can be thrown at you, you can still survive. I have been rooting for those two all the way through because i think they were really meant to be, but you can’t help but wonder why Gale suddenly seems to disappear out the main picture at the ending.

There are some emotional scenes in the book, many of which actually had me in tears (and i don’t cry at books very much), and dreading what else was going to happen. The book covers so much stuff, and seems kind of chaotic at times because i was having to go back a few pages and work out what had just happened that i missed, just like at a certain point near the ending where something really terrible happens and really suddenly, and i had to go back and work out how it happened so quickly.

The book makes you question so many things about humanity, survival, and what’s morally wrong and right. So many innocent people are killed, as well as people who quite frankly deserved it. The abolition of the Games is the one thing i hoped would happen somewhere in the book and i’m glad that it does, because it is a horrendous act to force young people to fight to the death, and kill innocent children.

The violence in this book is worse than the last two, with everything described in rather graphic detail, and it makes you realise just how many more deaths there could have been if these people hadn’t had such good medical knowledge! There are just fights and attacks all the way through this book, with the characters barely having time to acknowledge them before the next one begins. The final battle is panicked and confusing, and then it seems to end quite abruptly, and then it gets all confusing until we work out what went right. The ending is sad but there are happier elements to it, but i won’t spoil it for you! (I’m trying to not give away too many spoilers!)

I give this final book 8/10 because it is a great sequel to the first and second books, and a good ending to the trilogy , despite being a bit confusing at times and maybe trying to cram too much stuff into one book to wrap the story up as neatly as possible. However, it is gripping and scarily addictive, and i couldn’t put it down for the day or so it took me to read it! (I tried to spread it out, but in the end i was too hooked!) I have loved this series so much, and i’d definitely read it again, and i definitely recommend it to anyone!

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