Author: Suzanne Collins
Narrator: Carolyn McCormick
Publication Year: 2010
Pages: 400 (audio length: 11 hours 43 minutes)
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian
Source: Audiobook purchased from Audible.com
From the cover:
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It was by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is planning to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans – except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay – no matter what the personal cost.
Okay, so I can totally get now why there was so much uproar when this came out last summer.
This is the last book in the series, and definitely has lots of room for controversy. I absolutely loved both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, and honestly, Mockingjay was mostly a continuation of that love.
I really enjoyed that there were more characters introduced in this volume, and that we got more in-depth with the characters we had already met. I particularly liked the direction that Haymitch’s character took; there was finally more to him than just drinking and the occasional smart-ass remark. Prim and Peeta were also characters that I really enjoyed in Mockingjay – they became more complex and nuanced, particularly Peeta. He was no longer the perfect, lovesick boy from the first two books, and really seemed to come into his own.
The pacing is probably what was the hardest for me to get used to – everything just seemed to move so slowly, and there was way too much strategic and contemplation for my liking. By the end of the book, when I was finally feeling like things were getting better, all of a sudden it was over. It’s like Collins finally sped things up to normal, and then kept going into warp speed. I would’ve preferred far less detail in the first half and far more detail in the second, I think.
Even though a lot of what happened in this book was rather predictable, I still enjoyed it. It was fun to see what Collins would come up with, and how exactly the revolution would play out. While there were bits that I didn’t enjoy and that felt “off”, overall, I thought that it was still a great ending to the series.
I really liked the character development that Katniss and the others went through in Mockingjay, and I loved that the ending wasn’t all tied up perfectly and happily ever after. It felt more realistic even though it wasn’t perhaps what I would have wanted to happen. That’s part of what made it an interesting read for me, though – regardless of what was happening in the story, and whether it went in a direction that I would have chosen, Collins definitely has a way with words that came out in the Hunger Games trilogy. And I’m glad that I finally read it.