Suzanne Collins Mockingjay
390 pp. Scholastic Press. 2010 ISBN: 978-0-439-02351-1 $17.99
First of all, I am going to do my best to avoid any kind of spoilers. This is the reason I am writing this review differently than my previous reviews (i.e. no summary from the publisher). I wrote a review for The Hunger Games, but I haven’t written one for Catching Fire. My primary reason for not reviewing the second book is that many of my students are only just learning about this trilogy. When it comes to this blog and what I include, keeping my students in mind is my first priority; I don’t want to ruin anything for them. But because of all the hype going on with Mockingjay and because it holds such a Wow! factor I need to write at least a little about it.
Even in the summer, I never stop being a teacher. So as I read this book, I kept thinking how much the guys are going to love it. There’s plenty of action and adventure in the first two novels, but they don’t have anything on Mockingjay. It is pure action and violence and fighting throughout the novel. For me personally, this is the reason I’ve given it 4 out of 5 stars. But as a teacher who is always on the look-out for great books for guys, this is an absolute winner!
Obviously we know Katniss really well since she narrates the story, but in Mockingjay we see a completely different side of her. (I’m purposely avoiding mentioning this side to steer away from spoiling anything). I also enjoyed that Suzanne Collins allowed us to learn more about other key characters as well.
I’m afraid to say too much more, and I’m sorry if this isn’t the most stellar of reviews, but overall I enjoyed reading this. I’m sad that the trilogy is complete, but I love how successful it’s been and will continue to be. Suzanne Collins did an excellent job finishing this trilogy and staying true to her characters.