Thursday, 21 November 2013

"Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins

Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Book Three of The Hunger Games


Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.


Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen lives in the mining District of the nation of Panem. Every year, one girl and one boy from each district must compete in the televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV.

Having survived two hunger games, Katniss has been pulled from the arena by the rebel forces from district 13. Peeta, however is captured by the Capitol forces. As the face of the rebellion, Katniss assumes the mantel of the Mockingjay, appearing on television when the rebels can interfere with the Capitol broadcasts.

Peeta is forced by the Capitol to try and persuade the rebels to lay down their arms, obvious that the capitol is mistreating him. Once again, Katniss and Haymitch have to work out how to get Peeta out alive.

As is obvious before the book begins, the war comes to a climax in the Capitol.....


At 400 pages, this book took me about 8 hours to finish. The storytelling is rich in description, being able to visualise the areas that Katniss is in. I can see why this is going to be split into two movies and will look forward to seeing them.

On a down side, I felt that the author rushed the end of the book as it just has a feeling of "how can i finish the story?" The story of the Capitol ended too abruptly, with not everything explored. Also some parts of the book were a little disturbing, so I would not recommend for readers under 11.

Not as good as the first two books, but still an enjoyable read.

Rating: 4/5

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