Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Book review: Mockingjay by Suzanne CollinsMockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the third and final sequel of The Hunger Games Trilogy series, released in 2010. The story of the Quarter Quell’s takes an unexpected turn and a completely different scenario emerges out. Katniss Everdeen, the lead character of this series attracts even more sympathy as she constantly displays a sign of unstable mental health. The atmosphere is not glum and challenging, it’s dull and forceful. Thus, this book received some negative feedback too; but, Katie Roiphe of The New York Times, appreciates it that “it is the perfect teenage story with its exquisitely refined rage against the cruel and arbitrary power of the adult world.”

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is in a noticeable contrast from the former two books. While they made adrenaline pump through our veins and retained light humor,Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins carries the theme of pathos. One can picture only grey background in the eyes of one’s mind as one reads the story. There is loss of life one after the other, for all of which, Katniss invariably counts her responsible. There is a lot of strategy and military planning to take over the tyrant Capitol. Lack of sunlight in the underground district 13, uniforms, guns, bombs and death- this creates a depressing attitude in the reader. However, constant signals of hope and restoration maintain the required energy level.

The story is mainly about how Katniss is symbolized as a mockingjay, free and innocent. She is seen to struggle back and forth two contrasting thoughts. She is surrounded by guilt, indecision, fear, revenge and despair. She loses her associates one after the other as they march towards the Capitol, no more enthusiastic to win, after seeing so much of destruction. Her love life dwindles as she tries to decide whether to choose her childhood friend Gale, who carries the same burning desire and passion as she does, or Peeta Mellark- whose warmth and compassion can outcast all her fears and brutal memories.

The ending of Mockingjay reflects the hard reality one needs to face. This is not a fairytale! This story is close to truth and practicality. But one has been so associated with the apparently live character of Katniss by the time they finish reading this trilogy that they wish this book had ended happily. Smartbuy rating of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is given bellow:

Smartbuy Rating (3/5) ***

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