Monday, 20 September 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

First review: Mockingjay.
Now, I realise that everybody has probably been reviewing Mockingjay recently, what with it's release last month (day before my birthday *gasp*), but, I've had time to delve into thoughtfulness and profoundness and decided that it's my best shot at reviewing first. SO LET'S GET STARTED!

Mockingjay, the final addition to the Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins starts exactly where Catching Fire (Hunger Grames #2) left us. Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist, has just discovered that her beloved District 12 has been destroyed and her brand new home is the allegedly extinct, District 13.

Can I just say, straight up, that I was not disappointed.Throughout the whole of this novel, I was feeling what Katniss was feeling. Suzanne Collins managed to create a mental masterpiece of what could become a future dystopian society in North America. It's an exceptionally masterful idea that has been turned into so much more for a lot of people. The book was well-written and you could somewhat ascertain why the protagonist (Katniss) did the things that she did. Ms Collins brought the characters to life in the way she described them and conjured up a really good mental image. She made sure we didn't like certain characters or liked others, despite what one might usually have done.

But see, she knows me too well, Ms Collins does. You see, I'm one of those "strange" people (as one might call me), who enjoys bittersweet endings. I like endings that are 'happily ever after', but there is a reason or consequence as to why. Whether that be because one of the main characters died to save a loved one or there is a huge battle ending in dozens of deaths, I'm the sort of girl who enjoys these endings. I think it's because it just seems a lot more real to me, than the something of a cliche happy ending where nobody dies, because, lets be honest here, there's not a chance in the world of someone having a cliche happily ever after.

**SPOILERS**
You had to expect the spoilers, I'm sorry, but to get my point across I have to include them - so SORRY. The fact that a large majority of characters that you like die just completely gets my point across about bittersweet happily ever afters.  In Mockingjay, a war is at large. You can't expect that no one will die, it would just be too unrealistic. If you want to create a real world then you need to add suffering and pain, not just happiness and contentness.

I'll admit I was probably very close to balling my eyes out when Finnick and Prim died. They were just some lovely characters. Most likely two of my favourites. I think, though, that the author should've maybe created a higher act of shame or sorrow from Katniss. I mean, I know people react to grief in different ways, but we are in Katniss's head, you'd think she would think about them a tad bit more.

I honestly can't think of anything more about this book. So in a summary of about a sentence: Mockingjay is an amazingly genius ending to the Hunger Games series and it is thoroughly enjoyable, despite some small character flaws that maybe only I think (sorry to you, if that tis the case).

Till next time  :)

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