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BOOKS // 'Mockingjay' by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay is the final part of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. This instalment follows Katniss as she decides whether to unite the districts of Panem and essentially agrees to leading the rebellion against the Capitol.



To be honest I haven't quite finished this book... I'm only a couple of pages from the end though so decided to go ahead and give you my thoughts on it because I have a lot of opinions on this one...

*Little Note: I have edited this post since publishing it because I wasn't happy with the review. So if you read the old one and wondered why it's changed, there you go! 

Unfortunately, as I saw the films before the book, I can't help but compare the two (well, up until the films finish which is half way through this book so I did get some surprises!). My first thought was that I thought the film was so unbelievably slow and dull, yet the book is very fast paced. I understand that to make two films out of one book you need to bulk up some bits but as I read further I thought that they missed out a load of interesting plot devices and instead filed the film with boring shots of District 13.

Anyway, enough of the film, how did the book shape up? I'll try not to give away any spoilers!

I always say how dark these books feel to read because of the subject matter (children having to slaughter other children as part of a game) but Mockingjay is dark in a new sense. It has a lot of complex ideas about war and the implecations of war. We see totally different sides to characters that, as a reader of a series, you wouldn't anticipate so close to the end of the trilogy. I felt like morality is questioned a lot more in this book; the characters have much more choice yet still make questionable decisions making an amazingly tense and heart wrenching book. Relationships between characters are constantly changing or nder pressure so it is a bit of a rollercoaster ride reading this book but it kept me gripped the whole way through!

I previously said in my The Hunger Games review that I hate the protagonist Katniss. In this book I actually like her a lot more. Her character development is brilliant and shows how much of an impact the ruling Capitol has had over her life but it's quite believable and she is pretty flawed in this book too, which I think is a more realistic representaion of a heroine protagonist.

You know I'm on Team Peeta right? Well, I was left heart broken every time Peeta's name came up as so much happens to him and I was almost shouting at my book to try and make everything better for him. I loved the back story to the character Finnick. We don't hear much about him in Catching Fire apart from that he is attratcive and loves himself, so it was a pleasent surprise to actually hear a back story to a character that seems so boring on the outside.

I always liked reading about the action parts and the logic that was needed when the contestents were in the Games themselves so I kinda missed this part (although it comes back later in the book - that's all I'll say without spoiling it!) but Mockingjay has enough action in it to fulfil my want for it. It's just a bit more war-focused which provides new challenges for the characters.

Overall, I love The Hunger Games series and I cannot believe it took me this long to read it all! Mockingjay is a fantastic ending to a brilliant trilogy and I'm a bit sad it's all over. I'm looking forward to the final film... I'm sure I'll have lots to say about it!

Becky xo

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