07 August 2013

Mockingjay

Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

When you are sucked deep down into a great series, you never want it to end.  That sentiment is exactly what I feel every time I read Mockingjay, especially as I creep closer and closer to the end of the novel.  And yet, the ending is so perfect and final that, as much as you hate to say goodbye to Katniss and Peeta and Gale and Haymitch and everyone else, you are able to with the close of the back cover.  At least until you devour the entire series again.

Mockingjay is great for the simple reason that it stays true to the characters throughout.  There is no cliche ending, and it isn't a happy resolution for all involved - I wouldn't have enjoyed it had there been.  It is heartbreaking and honest and horrible and amazing, all wrapped up in one.  It draws to a final conclusion, yet it leaves the doubt that Katniss will always carry.  The love triangle is resolved between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, and while the doubt no longer lingers in her mind about what if, you know she wishes she could have come to the conclusion differently.  The characters don't all have a happy parting, and they don't all get to see the fruit of their labors.  And the BSG-esque notion of history repeating itself, well maybe this time it will stick, maybe this will be the time humans evolve, it chilling and true.

There are not enough words to express my love for this book, so these are the ones I will leave you with.

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