If you’re new to Girl on the Contrary, welcome!!! I made a New Years Resolution to read one book every week of the year and I write a review of that book every Monday. Today is Monday so….you get the picture.
Finally we are at the last book of the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay. Before I dive in, I should warn you, there WILL BE SPOILERS. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Mockingjay is the final book in the Hunger Games Trilogy and I read it very eagerly. I had to know how the brilliant post-apocalyptic series was going to end. Had. To. Know. Which is why I read it within the same 48 hours I read the first two books. Have I mentioned this series was compelling? 🙂
In Mockingjay, Katniss is struggling with being the face of a resistance she didn’t intend to start and you struggle with her. The Capital has Peeta, she is still trying to protect those she loves, and is having a hard time trusting the leadership of District 13. The final chapter of The Hunger Games is rough on Katniss. Very rough indeed. This book was an emotional roller-coaster kids. A loopy fast moving roller-coaster. And I loved every second of it.
Can I just say, the monsters Suzanne Collins creates in these books called “mutts” are freaking terrifying. Seriously, those things are nightmare inducing. And they became even more upsetting when they killed Finnick. Finnick! My beloved Finnick! And he was just married. Honestly, at that point, I felt a little broken. I wasn’t sure that the book could get any sadder. I mean, fighting a rebellion, dealing with people you’re not sure you can trust, Peeta gets brainwashed against you, your friends die, and then….and then…..well, I won’t tell you what happens next but I will say that I cried. I legitimately cried. The ending of the rebellion was very jarring. But honestly, if it had ended in a way devoid of real emotion and sacrifice, it wouldn’t have been true to the tone of the books. It was upsetting but it was honest.
I realize this is all very vague so I suggest you read the books. I will say, however, that I absolutely loved the way the story wrapped up. There were certain things I initially thought I might want to change but the more I thought about it, the more perfect the ending seemed just as it was. It was surprisingly real for a fictional story. It felt genuine. The best recommendation I can give this book, and truly all of these books, is that I thought about them for days after I finished them. Good books and good stories follow you and The Hunger Games Trilogy definitely followed me.
And I really can’t wait for The Hunger Games movies to come out because I have a feeling they will fill the Harry Potter sized hole in my heart.
What are you guys reading this week??