Release date: August 24th 2010
Published by: Scholastic Press
Number of pages: 390 (US hardcover)
Series: The hHunger Games trilogy #3
Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.
In the first two books the reader starts to familiarize with the world that Collins has created, learning about the brutality and violence of the soceity. In this one,
we're introduced to a new level of brutality and anger amongst the citizens of Panem. A war is breaking out. And for people to start acting instead of thinking, a guide
is needed. Someone to lead them on, someone to fight for. A mockingjay.
I'm starting to like Gale more and more actually. He's not a big character in the other books - except in Katniss' mind - but he's in basicly every chapter of this one
and I really like that. He's a great guy and a big support for Katniss throughout the entire book.
There's really not much to say about Peeta in this book without spoiling everybody big time, so i'm gonna skip that and go right on to the main protaganist.
I have to admit, though Katniss is like, the most awesomest character ever, she kinda got on my nerves sometimes. It's totally understandable though, what with
all she's been trough but at times I literally felt like throwing the book across the room.
A big chunk in the beginning of "Mockingjay" is set in district thirteen. I was very impressed with how Collins' worked that out. I could almost feel the tension
vibrating in district thirteen while reading about it. Having a schedule imprinted on your arm every day, having the size of your meals being calculated based upon
weight, height, age and amount of physical activity, it's just all so... tense.
Mockingjay was definetly the most violent in the trilogy. There's death around every corner and not pleasant ones at that. Blood pouring out of eyes and ears, limb
after limb being slowly cut off and electric shocks are all examples of torture and death in this book. It wasn't so brutal that it was unpleasant to read about
though, it was all described in a very - in lack of a better word - classy way.
The great thing about The Hunger Games is that when you're reading it, you ARE Katniss Everdeen, the brave, independent huntergirl from district twelve whose one
goal is to protect her loved ones. I wish it didn't have to end.