Review: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

7260188 Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: August 24, 2010 by Scholastic Press
Series: #3 (The Hunger Games)
Length: 390 pages
Source: bought

“My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.”


Mockingjay was such a depressing read especially when you get to the second half of the book. Although it was a great end to the trilogy, it is my least favorite out of the whole trilogy. I do not think this book was bad, but compared to the first two books, this was less action packed and exciting. This book is told from Katniss’s point of view like the rest of the books in the trilogy, and is divided up into three parts. The action scenes did not really start until the second half of the book which were crazy! That is all I’m going to say. My mouth was literally hanging from all the unpredictable twists.

There weren’t a lot of romance scenes compared to the first two books which I am glad because if I were in a revolution, finding a mate is the last thing I’d do. I’m kind of in between about Collin’s writing style because some of her wordings and descriptions were really confusing. It was hard to picture what was happening in some of the action scenes, yet I love Katniss’s propaganda lines. Her line “if we burn, you burn with us!” sent me chills. It was so good and just shows how Katniss is a true leader since she will do anything to bring Snow down.

For the characters, they were perfectly written as always. I love how we got to know more about Finnick and Gale in this book because we didn’t really get to know them during the first two books. Effie and Haymitch were just hilarious in this book. Like I said, this book was depressing, but those two characters made the situation light at times. There were, of course, amazing character development with Katniss, Peeta, Prim, and the other Hunger Games tributes. I think that’s the best part of this book. They have changed a lot and Collin did a fantastic job making the characters so realistic. Like, if I were in their condition, I would probably do the same thing. There are other new characters in this book that I was immediately attached to which I think is great because I think it’s very difficult for an author to write a character and have the reader immediately be attached to that character.

Overall Mockingjay was a fantastic, action-packed conclusion to the trilogy. It is definitely worth the money and read. There are a lot of mystery, thrill, and tears.

4 of 5


7 Responses to “Review: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins”

  1. 1 Hazel @ Stay Bookish December 13, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Yeay, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the last book though it’s your least favourite, Leigh. This one was definitely depressing but gripping and amazingly written nonetheless.

  2. 3 Mitchii G. @ The Aeropapers December 13, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    A lot of people thought that this is the weakest from the trilogy which at some aspect is true. But as you said it was really emotional and I think it still delivered a well crafted ending. 😀

    • 4 Leigh (LittleBookStar) December 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      Yeah I could see why people would be a bit disappointed with this last installment, but I wasn’t. I just thought if someone made me list my favorite books in this trilogy in order, this would probably be the last. The feels in this book though 😥 so sad!

  3. 5 Megan (Adrift on Vulcan) December 15, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Haha, I’m one of the minority because I actually enjoyed Mockingjay just as much as the other book! I found it more brutal and emotional, like you said, and also I liked how it sort of gave off the feeling that a rebellion/revolution isn’t ONLY about fighting, but about a lot of other things as well. I read it a while ago, though, so I can’t really remember much. #fail

    THE TWISTS. Holy shit, the twists. I can remember one very vividly in my mind, and it’s when Katniss is ordered to shoot Snow. What she did instead was just crazy. Never would have expected it at all. This book was definitely a rollercoaster of crazy unexpected events happening. I think I teared up when I heard what happened to a certain someone, too. 😦

    Have you watched Pt. 1 of the film yet? Even though I think Catching Fire was better, I’m still looking forward to Pt. 2. The ending of Pt. 1 just sent chills down my back!

  4. 6 Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind December 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    A lot of people say that this was the worst in the series or their least favorite. I really liked it but it is seriously sad.
    When the trailer came out for Mockingjay part 1 I just replayed “if we burn, you burn with us!” over and over again because that always game chills too. It just makes me want to say “Yeah!” in solidarity.

  5. 7 Sarah J. December 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Great review! I love Mockingjay, but I did have a few issues with it. I personally think that movie has given me a deeper appreciation for the book so far though. I understand why this book is slower and not like the Games. I love Finnick. I will never be okay with the reveal in the epilogue about him and Annie.

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