Sunday, March 4, 2012

CBR IV: Book 4: Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay is the third book in the Hunger Games series. If you haven't read the first two books in this series, don't read this review. Unless you just like spoilers. Moron.

Just when you thought this series couldn't get any darker, here's Mockingjay. This book was depressing. Battlestar Galactica depressing. Season 6 of Buffy depressing. No hope for anyone or anything, and don't get attached to anyone, because they will probably die.

Mockingjay picks up immediately after the events of Catching Fire. District 12 has been annihilated by the Capitol, and Katniss Everdeen and her family has been evacuated to the mythical District 13. District 13 successfully rebelled against the Capitol years ago, and has been allowed to survive underground. Literally. The people live below the earth. Their lives are very strict, and everything is scheduled down to the minute. Even leisure time. Katniss quickly gets sucked into the rebellion and becomes the Mockingjay, their symbol of revolution. Then a whole bunch of bad shit happens.

I always thought that this series should have been marketed to adults, and I feel that this book has proved my point. Most teenagers won't understand the political intricacies of this book, or maybe I'm not giving them enough credit. I really enjoyed this series, and I am constantly recommending it to others, but I just wish they had left out the whole Katniss/Peeta/Gale love triangle. It felt like they were trying to hard to copy the Bella/Edward/Jacob love triangle of the Twilight series, and honestly, who ever gave a shit about that one anyway?