“‘You love me. Real or not real?’
I tell him, ‘Real.’”
– Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
Wow, I fiiiiinally finished reading Mockingjay. I never thought I would, but I did anyway, so yay!
You see, this book was a bit boring — took a while for the action to speed up. I was nearing the end of it when the “I-can’t-seem-to-put-down-this-book” feeling started to get to me. Ergo, I’ve decided that Mockingjay will be my least favorite because both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were action-packed from start to finish.
(Be warned: spoilers ahead.)
Mockingjay is the third installment of Ms Collins’ trilogy. Katniss — who is still our narrator, still our protagonist — journeys with the reader on a string of rebellions launched across Panem, with the primary objective of taking down The Capitol’s President Snow, who is representative of The Capitol’s power over the poorer districts. (It can be remembered that the hunger games were the brainchild of Panem’s government.)
Catching Fire ended with Gale telling Katniss that there is no District 12, and so in Mockingjay, those who can and are able are transported to District 13 (the place was previously thought to be extinct), which, in fact, had been developed underground. Here, Katniss and her team are regarded as “soldiers” and are compelled to adapt to strict living conditions.
District 13′s President Coin appoints Katniss the face of the rebellion (this is where the mockingjay reference comes in). Katniss agrees, and is constantly shown on camera trying to get the other districts to rally against the evil clutches of The Capitol as well. (The video footage is shown across Panem to encourage the other districts to join their cause and to alert Snow that the rebels are coming for him).
Mockingjay is heavily packed with political activity, insurgencies left and right, and with very little mention on the games anymore.
I found the last few chapters of the book to be a bit depressing, showing how everyone had chosen to move forward with their respective lives. It was like watching the last episode of Friends – silly fan girl wanting so badly for the story to continue, but realizing that it already ran its course and an ending was bound to come.
My heart broke, too, for other things: when a lot of characters were killed off of the plot, and when I fully understood the “big twist” towards the end.
Here’s a teaser: Is Snow really the bad guy?
Regardless of the book’s slow pace, I thought it was a good way to seal the well-loved trilogy. It still got to me; I still liked how the story came alive in my mind. Please take after me, and bear with the first few chapters (no matter how drab they may seem), because when you reach the good stuff, you will find that, in the end, Ms Collins does not disappoint. Eyes on the prize, people! Haha!
Book cover was grabbed from the Internet.