I just finished reading Mockingjay and now I have to try to be eloquent about it and not spoil it for everyone else. Wow. Just, wow. I am still trying to wrap my brain around this book.
For anyone who is worried that this book will not live up to the hype of the previous two, rest assured it does. This, for all intents and purposes, is a perfect book; the perfect ending to a perfect trilogy. Even the bits that seem off pace are still tied up in the last few paragraphs. And some of the writing… good gods, the writing. Suzanne Collins has a knack for saying exactly what she wants in the most poignant, most evocative, most faultless way possible. For everyone who has not read it yet, you are in for a treat. Be excited. Be very, very excited.
I don’t want to spoil the plot, but I will say one thing about Katniss in this book. It’s interesting to see that this part of the story is where Katniss becomes Katniss, or rather she learns who she really is. This is a coming of age book. If there ever were one written in this trilogy, it’s this one. Even with all of the struggles and all of the pain in the first books Katniss remains an unquakeable force. In this book Collins reveals weakness, and heart, and shame, and many other emotions that the girl who was on fire almost seems incapable of. That might be bad phraseology. I do not think Katniss is a soulless automaton. However the levels of soul that Katniss exhibits in this book blow the others away. It’s interesting to see that after two amazing and brilliant books Collins surpasses herself and allows Katniss to really feel what is going on. We know who Katniss is, but this is the first book where I feel she is really learning who she is and what she is capable of.
I’ll say no more, because I feel that I may be giving too much away as is. I hope this is just enough to whet all of your appetites for Mockingjay. I’m sorry it’s done, because I want the experience of reading them all again for the first time and I won’t ever have that twice. As is I cried for a solid ten minutes at the close of this book; full unbroken, sobs. Yeah, that provocative.
If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. I bow to Ms. Collins for her superb literary achievement. This book burned. It’s radiant.
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