Mockingjay has always been my least favourite of the trilogy, because (as a friend and I were discussing) it no longer includes/revolves around the thing that made the first two so intriguing/shocking/whatever; The Hunger Games themselves. However, by Mockingjay we are already familiar with most of the characters and the pure, feminine joy that is our heroin, Katniss Everdeen, The Girl on Fire! In Mockingjay we see Katniss lose her sanity, Finnick lose his sanity, Peeta lose his sanity, thousands of people lose their lives and Gale lose Katniss. I think as the third book in the installment, and the one where the revolution is in full swing, we see a lot more manipulation of Katniss as the Mockingjay. And it's especially interesting because of how emotionally compromised she is. Let's just say her decision making ability is quite clouded and she makes plenty of dumb choices, but at the same time I don't think I would've done any better. The other thing I really like about Mockingjay as opposed to the other books is the amount of Gale and lack of Peeta. Say what you will. It is my opinion that more Gale makes it a better book. Not sure why. Just is. It's also interesting to look at how willing people are to sacrifice their lives for the cause when in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire it was all about "Hey, let's all try not to die." And in Mockingjay it's more like "Screw it. If we die, at least we helped with revolution."
If you haven't read it... well, I suggest you start with the first book, but please read it before you see the movie. For your own sake.
Rate: 7/10. Would read again.
Question: As a massive Gale fan, I don't blame him for *SPOILER* Prim's death, but I think he kind of does and Katniss does.... What do you make of his cold-heartedness and willingness to manipulate human instinct and use it as a weapon?
Was Katniss right to assassinate Coin, when she spent all of Mockingjay trying to get to Snow to kill him?
Is she just crazy and completely changeable?
Why do people love Peeta so much?