September 23, 2010

Not Another Mockingjay Review

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This review is probably on the 100th page of Google so congrats to you, dear reader, if you found post through a Google search. At this point, there's not much point in reviewing Mockingjay, everything there could possibly be said has been said. I even saw a critique on the cover so yeah, it's all been done. I feel like that last bit of ketchup at the bottom of the bottle. All the good stuff is gone, there's only that last bit stuck to the sides and the bottle is almost ready for recycling. Anyway...

Since I read it, and in a timely manner, I'd like to record it for posterity. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the last in the Hunger Games trilogy. I reviewed The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, if you're interested. So, a summary... Katniss, District 13, President Snow, Peeta!, yada yada

Years of reading Thomas Hardy has prepared me for anything. I had heard people complaining that the ending was depressing. For me I thought, well, not everyone is dead so it's a happy ending. And honestly, I was satisfied with it. The trilogy was not a playful romp; it was violent and grim. My expectation is that there would be more of the same.

I really don't see how it could have ended any other way. War is ugly and there will be casualties. What I liked about the ending was that although there is damage, the human capacity to see beyond the past and present and hope for the future never changes. Life will go on.

Overall, I enjoyed the series. It was imaginative yet somehow realistic. It wasn't high literature but I do love me some dystopian. Katniss drove me crazy throughout and that never changed with her "all this violence is all my fault even though everyone has been oppressed for 75 years and now I have to fix it all by myself" attitude. It was Katniss, Katniss, Katniss all the time. The ego, geez. The world does not revolve around you, dear. I loved it when one character told her she was replaceable. She did have her moments though...

Read it if you've read the other 2 previous books (of course, you wouldn't read the 3rd book 1st, that would just be silly). It wasn't completely perfect and I still have lots of questions but that's life.

Recommended. I'd also recommend reading Persepolis about a real girl living through real war and revolution.

Also I pretty much agree with everything Amanda at Zen Leaf had to say, so go there and say hello.

Thanks local library.

7 comments :

  1. The one thing I really don't understand from all the negative reviews I've seen is that the book was too grim. ??? I mean, it's about war and violence, we aren't here to be Capitol folk watching the Games happily to see who will be victorious, right? :D

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  2. Sigh, I'm going to be the last person in the world to even start this trilogy.

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  3. LOL I love how you wove Persepolis into the end of this review. I definitely see the relevance.

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  4. Brooke- It was well done.

    Amy- ;)

    Amanda- Yes, violence for the sake of violence would have been too sensationalistic. There had to be some consequences.

    Kathy- There are lots of people avoiding it like the plague. So you're not alone.

    Rebecca- I was reading them at the same time and couldn't help but compare the two.

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  5. At this point I don't think I am going to even bother to review this, to be honest...

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