Book Review: Mockingjay
by Suzanne Collins
Bill has read this book
|Comment:The war between the districts and the Capitol are brought to a conclusion in the final book in the series.
This book was a must read for anyone who has read the previous two – if anything to see how the story ends. But I must honestly say, I was not pleased with the writing of the third book. It was not an issue with the plot (that was good), nor was it an issue with the fate of many of the characters (I was OK with that). What made this book disappointing to me was the way the final story was told and how its narrative deviated from the previous two books.
While I enjoyed the story-telling in the first two books, the third and final one took on a more serious tone. It was a deep, dark look into Katniss’ soul as she was faced with situations more directed towards an adult audience – not the younger audience for which this series was written. The characters are angrier, the story takes on too many twists and turns that are hard to follow (I had to reread several sections just to understand what Collins was trying to say), and the finale scene in district 12 seems rushed and not fully developed (its almost as if the book had to be limited to a certain page count before it could be printed).
Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series and like many others, I am eagerly anticipating the movies. I just think this third and final book could have been written better, ended the story with a bang, and could have put Collins on par with Tolkien, Feist, or Lewis. Unfortunately, I believe that she missed her opportunity.