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November 2010

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Mockingjay Book Review

Synopsis (from goodreads.com): 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. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

My Thoughts: This was hands down the most satisfying conclusion to any series I have ever read. I love love love the way it ended and couldn't ask for anything better. I feel with Harry Potter Rowling lost a little of her magic and Breaking Dawn was submitted by a crack head so I steeled myself for the worst possible outcome because I obsessively fell in love with this series. And it seems that other not-so-well-known series always end so awkwardly or so terribly. Mockingjay does not fumble the ball. It kept me on my seat just as much as the other 2 books in the series. Collins raises the stakes in the rebellion and delivers a bloodbath finale...where absolutely no character is safe. This falls right into step with tone and pace that heightened the previous books. It's dark, suspicious and you can't trust anyone! It is not romantic but gut-wrenching and epic. There are lengthy times where major characters disappear from the story telling...which is one of my only MINOR gripes. Oh, also, I love that Collins has not been 'fading to black' in her books...I hate in YA lit where something gruesome happens they just eliminate it from the tale all together. We stay right there and see all Katniss sees, good or bad. God, I could hug Collins for his refreshing narrative. Katniss is still an amazing character; I loved being in her head seeing things from her perspective. My jaw dropped numerous times and tears welled up throughout Mockingjay. Hats off for a great finale. I can sleep well tonight...oh and MY TEAM WON!!! (/end fangirl) Sorry this review is so scatter brained I'm still coming off of reading for 7 hours...it was a great read. HIGHLY recommended.