Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: The Hunger Games Book Three
The summary contains spoilers for the first two books.
Summary taken from Goodreads:

“My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.
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 is 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 plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plains--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.”

It is really hard to write a review for a book like this. Not because I do not find the words. The problem is, whatever I write it will not do The Mockingjay justice. I recognized that a lot of my reviews are with a high ranking so I promise myself I would not get thrilled so easily in the future. Than I read this book. I am more than just thrilled.
Whenever I finish reading a book I have this desperate urge to write my thoughts on it done, before I forget them. And now I’m feeling just the same. I need to write a review, before I forget anything about the greatness of this story. But maybe it would be better to just sit back for a little while and think about the book. Because the story of Katniss has a hidden meaning and tells the reader something. The book teaches something about war, how to protect, how to loose, and something about human cruelty.
There are not many contemporary books that have a message. Normally you find those messages just in old classics by Schiller or Goethe who tried to teach the people something. But the Hunger Games trilogy is different, there is a message hidden in every book. And you do not even need to read between the lines, it is right there in the open.

When I was younger I used to read books I loved in one sitting, stayed up all night just to finish them. As I got older it became harder to find such books, since I had less time and got distracted. I'm glad to say the Hunger Games series made me fall back into old habbits. It was unbelievable hard to put those books out of my hand, even after I finished reading them.
From the first page until the last word I was utterly amazed by this great book. It is definitely better than the first two, though, I loved them, too.
Suzanne Collins has a wonderful writing style that tells the story without to many details. She makes every word count. And she has a great way to show you, whenever you think the happy end is getting closer- bam- there is no happy end in war.
The interesting thing about her characters is that no matter how hard I try I can’t figure out which one I liked the most. I liked them all, even the bad ones, and especially the cat. Both cats :) There motivation, there feelings, everything was totally clear and understandable.
Oh, those feelings. I cried, I loved, I was sad and glad the same time, there is no feeling Suzanne Collins did not push me through. The book is filled with feelings, the story lives from that.
Just like in my review for the first book in this series I just loved the details and parallels to the Romans. Panem et Circenses, just to name one example. It is utterly amazing how much this whole series was though through. Naming Panem after that phrase gave me chills because of the deep meaning she showed through that.
So instead of writing a long review I just say “Thank you” to Suzanne Collins for writing those great books. I can say, with no doubt that they belong in my list of “Best books ever written” and the third has the highest ranking. And I am deeply sorry for every other book that will follow them, because it will be even harder to get me as thrilled as I am now.

I loved the ending. There it is. I loved it. A wonderful and amazing book. I do not recommend this series. I will just say: READ IT!


Challenges I read this book for:
Summer Wrap-up Read-a-Thon
It’s the end of the world (and we like it) Challenge
Goodreads Yearly Challenge 2012

Love and words
KJ

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