Review: Mockingjay

After waking up in District 13 in the wake of a tumultuous Hunger Games, Katniss reluctantly becomes The Mockingjay, the symbol for the rebellion against The Capitol. Only the clash is not so black-and-white, she soon discovers, especially since Peeta is being held captive by President Snow. District 13, too, has dubious methods when it comes to war. How far will Panem be willing to go for freedom from the Capitol? And how has this blood lust affected Gale? Well, if you want to find out and be blown out of your mind, reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

What is extremely admirable about everything Collins writes is that the reader has no idea what is about to happen. Being a fairly intuitive person, I thought I had a good grasp on what lie ahead in this book. In every one of her books. But whatever you expect, that doesn’t happen. She has the ability to genuinely surprise you, genuinely shock you. Real smoke-and-mirror plotting. Completely devestatingly shocking plot turns.

There is no point she falls back onto the cliched structure of an adventure novel. Instead, she steam-barrels forward with a sense of proprietary creativity. She does things you haven’t thought of before, sacrifices characters you didn’t realize you might lose. I will not delve into the details of the plot, so that you can be equally sucker-punched by her awesome storytelling.

There are things I disliked about the book, but everything was so minor, it would never deter me from reading it again. My advice: read this series. Immediately. Also, there’s a Hunger Games movie coming out. Which is news that is all kinds of sick-nasty. The next review I’ll be posting, probably, will be the second installment of Harry Potter, which I’m seeing at midnight. So expect an uber-rushed, word-vomit reaction at around three in the a.m., when I make it back home.

About derekberry

Derek Berry is a novelist, poet, and student located in Charleston, SC.

Posted on July 8, 2011, in books, Reviews, YA. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I agree, I recently read the Hunger Games trilogy…they are seriously the most compulsively readable books I’VE ever read. There are things I didn’t like about them, but then again they are young adult books. Think they could have been a little more if they weren’t so YA, but then it probably wouldn’t have gotten so many readers. Works in some pretty heavy topics. Like that you can dig deeper into the politics and struggle of Panem. Collins really thought out her characters and the world they live in before she sat down with pen and paper.

    Have fun at Harry Potter. Friggin love Harry Potter.

    • Yes, for YA, these delve into a lot grittier topics than typically would be allowed for a YA author. But she wrote an entire book series before beginning this one, so I think she had enough oomph to take another step forward. I’m pretty excited about her as a writer. I wonder if she’ll ever tackle a book for non-YA, which could be interesting.
      Also, I am stoked for Harry Potter. I am grabbing for whatever shred of it is left to absorb.

  2. Don’t remind me that it’s over….I’m gonna wait to go see it. Thinking of rereading the entire series, blogging about them, then reviewing all the movies, in order, and then….finally, going to see the very last movie.

    I’m totally taking my kids to the Harry Potter themepark instead of Disney World or something….when I have kids…haha.

  3. I continue to be amazed at your ability to suscinctly summarize a plot, tell the potential reader how the author structures the plot, and give an honest assessment of the quality of the writing.

    You should do this professionally (if you don’t already)!

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