Mockingjay- Suzanne Collins



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Review:

The final installment of The Hunger Games trilogy did a great job of tying ending the saga.  I felt like most of my questions were answers, though some new ones were brought to light.  I think leaving some things unanswered allows for healthy debate among readers.  With all that being said this was my least favorite of the books.  I can’t put my finger on why, but it is what it is.

Overall this is the best YA series I’ve read and I recommend it to anyone who will listen!  What was your overall impression?

 

The Lowdown: (from Scholastic.com)

Interest Level: 6-8  (As with Catching Fire I think this is a little off- I’d say more 7-10)
Grade Level: 5.4

Teaching Resources:

Book talk and Discussion Guide available from Scholastic.com

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4 Responses

  1. My disappointment was the way the relationship with Peeta & Katniss was tied up – they just drifted back together after a few years!

  2. I think it certainly is a strong young adult series with many positive attributes, but I personally don’t think it’d make my Top 10 series list (if I had such a list).

    I think the book’s mass-market appeal to both teenage boys and girls is to be lauded in addition to the strong female characters, but there was way too much drama re: will Katniss and Peeta get together or won’t they?

    But that’s just my opinion. 🙂

  3. I actually enjoyed the Mockingjay much like you did and agree that it was the “weakest” of the trilogy. For me I felt that Katniss was being led around – or not being in control of the events – unlike her roles in the prior titles. This may have been deliberate in order to make that final decision she made all the more powerful to the reader – but who knows 🙂

  4. I think that the end book was a slight dissapointment to the series and was the weakest. the character change dramatically in this book compared to the first two and i start to see Katniss slipping from that controlled strong character she was origionally. Although i love the drama it brings and think its a fabulous love triangle story.

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