Friday, September 27, 2013


My goal is to read 100 books by the end of 2013.  I just finished book 66.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Summary (via Goodreads):
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed.  Gale has escaped.  Katniss's family is safe.  Peeta has been captured by the Capitol.  District 13 really does exist.  There are rebels.  There are new leaders.  A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it.  District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol.  Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem.  To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust.  She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.

My Opinion:
I am so pleased that the author didn't run this series into the ground.  It arced in the perfect places for a trilogy and going beyond that would have taken away some of the freshness and appeal.  Even as it was, the last book felt a little stretched for material; I think since it's from Katniss's point of view and she wasn't as hands-on as she'd been in the past, there was more "telling" than "showing" in this book compared to the first two.  Just a minor point though because there were still plenty of twists and action, and the ending was very satisfying.
This series won't take long to read but I recommend blocking out time to do definitely won't want to put them down once you start!

Quote from the Book:
"My ongoing struggle against the Capitol, which has so often felt like a solitary journey, has not been undertaken alone."

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