Title: Mocking Jay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Review: Katniss is now free, but where is Peeta? He was left in the games when she was zapped out and now they are having a hard time finding him. Gale is trying, but I have a feeling he’s not trying that hard. Katniss is with her family again, but in a place that is not home. Her home is gone according to reports.
She is the Mocking Jay and is asked to lead the people against the capital. She wants the games stopped and her life to get back to normal, but she needs to find Peeta. Gale knows her and does find him. But, when they get him back, he is not the Peeta she knew. He is changed. This part broke my heart, the capital was taking everything from her, and they were destroying her bit by bit. Every death was someone she loved, someone she cared for and needed and yet she was there to watch it happen.
Near the end I was shocked, I couldn’t believe that she was agreeing to…you have to read it to believe it. The ending was bittersweet. The lives of everyone would never be the same and Katniss would be scared forever. She would survive, but would she be happy? I’m not really sure, the author wasn’t really clear. I had a feeling that Katniss was content, but is that enough?
I looked forward to this book and bought it the day it came out. I loved the first two and I knew this would be the last and therefore not my favorite. The life of the people needed to be straightened out and it was going to take lots of heartbreak and pain to get the job done. Read this series, it is amazing and thought provoking. Are we headed this way?
Publisher: August 24th 2010 by Scholastic Press
Quick Review: 3 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: I read the Hunger Games and Catching Fire and couldn’t get this one fast enough.
Where I Obtained the Book: I ordered this from Amazon.
Synopsis: Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.
Author Biography: Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little Bear and Oswald. She also co-wrote the critically acclaimed Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! Most recently she was the Head Writer for Scholastic Entertainment’s Clifford’s Puppy Days.
While working on a Kids WB show called Generation O! she met children’s author James Proimos, who talked her into giving children’s books a try.
Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, she was struck by how pastoral the setting must seem to kids who, like her own, lived in urban surroundings. In New York City, you’re much more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and, if you do, you’re not going to find a tea party. What you might find...? Well, that’s the story of Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part series, The Underland Chronicles.
Suzanne also has a rhyming picture book illustrated by Mike Lester entitled When Charlie McButton Lost Power.
She currently lives in Connecticut with her family and a pair of feral kittens they adopted from their backyard.
The books she is most successful for in teenage eyes are the Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. These books have won several awards, including the GA Peach Award