(This review doesn’t contain spoilers by my usual definition of the word. I know some people are still trying to avoid any information about the content of the book– they might want to avoid this post, although I give no specific information and very little general info)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I downloaded Mockingjay as soon as it was released, and I didn’t go to sleep until I finished reading it. About 5 days later, I downloaded the audio and listened to it as well.
I’m amazed by this book, and the more I think about the details, the more I think they work for me.
I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that people die in this book. Even more, the book is about the effects on those that are alive. This starts with Katniss, a protagonist that has already been deeply damaged by her participation in the hunger games, and now has more demanded of her than any person can be expected to give.
If Katniss is damaged, the person her partner Peeta used to be has been destroyed. Katniss’s best friend Gale is captivated by the ideals of the war– the chance to procure a future of true change. He’s willing to play by the rules of war that his enemy has defined, those rules that have damaged Katniss and Peeta so badly.
I love that Mockingjay looks at some of the serious problems of war and of power. I think it shows the kind of damage that war can do to individuals and a society.
I thought the characters were true to their previous selves, given the effects of what they have each experienced.
I found Mockingjay to be a powerful end to the series.
(I’m considering writing a discussion post, to give some specifics of my thoughts about the book. We’ll see!)