Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay is the third book of the well-known Hunger Games Trilogy, and is now available on Kindle. The trilogy has taken the science fiction world by surprise ever since it was published, and has received high appreciations, such as:
· #1 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller
· A People magazine, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Best Book of 2009
· A Time Magazine Best Fiction Book of 2009
· A 2009 Booklist Editors’ Choice
A 2012 American science fiction movie based on Suzanne Collins’ trilogy was directed by Gary Ross and had Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik as producers.
A few technical details of the Kindle edition:
· File size: 860 KB
· Number of pages: 390
· Published by: Scholastic Press on August 24th 2010 (first edition)
· Written in English
· X-Ray: enabled
· Text-to-speech: enabled
The action of Mockingjay also takes place in Panem, which has replaced the destroyed US. The Capitol city is still at war with the twelve districts and wants revenge. In their opinion, Katniss Everdeen should pay for the unease and revolt of the districts.
Although, unexpectedly, Katniss has succeeded to survive the Hunger Games twice, she is not safe still. Neither are her friends, her family, or the inhabitants of District 12, because President Snow has clearly expressed it.
Mockingjay is clearly not going in the direction that many readers anticipated. A happy end in the romantic style, with war in the background, is definitely not possible. Not for Suzanne Collins. She has been starting the revolution since the first day, so that the grim nature of the previous books goes on to the finale. People will continue to die, although it is not always fair. The characters also changed significantly due to the war.
The main character, Katniss Everdeen, is the symbol of the rebellion of the districts against the Capitol. The character is portrayed in detail, and is an expression of responsibility, friendship, trust, hard work, care and love, which are only a few of her features. She flip-flops between the two men she loves: Peeta and Gale. Finally, she shares her life with Peeta, drawing him to light and life.
Peeta Mellark was very good at public speaking, unlike his friend Katniss. The words were his most feared weapons. This final book of the Hunger Games reveals a totally new Peeta, who has almost lost this ability to speak fluently due to the tortures he suffered. His conscience is also altered. He is ready to kill the person he loves most: Katniss.
Gale Hawthorne is a good looking, intelligent warrior, but his hunting instincts make him depersonalize people. This feature keeps Gale and Katniss from being together.
Pros and cons
The direction of Mockingjay is probably the right one, the natural one, although many fans are disappointed not to see a happy love story after so much war. The author, however, refused to soften her story, but created a memorable series that may haunt you as a reader for a long time after having completed it.
The trilogy has been much appreciated by Kindle owners who have ranked it as follows:
· #8 in Science Fiction
· #10 in Fantasy
· #17 in Kindle eBooks / Science Fiction & Fantasy
· #435 Paid in Kindle Store
This final book was awarded 4.1 stars out of 5 on Amazon.
The series is provocative, one of the best written science fiction books. You will really enjoy reading it, no matter what kind of literature you are a fan of. Although grim, Mockingjay is surprising and captivating, so don’t miss it!