Book Review : Mockingjay

“Are you, are you,
Coming to the tree,
Where they strung up a man they say murdered three.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we meet up at midnight in the hanging tree.”

“Are you, are you,
Coming to the tree,
Where the dead man called out for his love to flee.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we meet up at midnight in the hanging tree.”

“Are you, are you,
Coming to the tree,
Where I told you to run, so we’d both be free.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we meet up at midnight in the hanging tree.”

“Are you, are you,
Coming to the tree,
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we meet up at midnight in the hanging tree.”

Above song mentioned in book as “The Hanging Tree” and I was unable to control myself to put it in this post because of its hidden meaning of love. As novel says,

[Katniss]… At the beginning, it sounds like a guy is trying to get his girlfriend to secretly meet up with him at midnight. But it’s an odd place for tryst,a hanging tree, where a man was hung for murder. The murderer’s lover must have had something to do with killing, or maybe they were just going to punish her anyway, because his corpse called out for her to flee. That’s weird obviously, the talking-corpse bit, but its not until the third verse that “The Hanging Tree” begins to get unnerving. You realize the singer of the song is the dead murderer. He’s still in the hanging tree. And even though he told his lover to flee, he keeps asking if she’s coming to meet him. The phrase Where I told you to run, so we’d both be free is the most troubling because at first you think he’s talking about when he told her to flee, presumably to safety. But then you wonder if he meant for her to run to him. To death. In the final stanza, it’s clear that that’s what he’s waiting for. His lover, with her rope necklace, hanging dead next to him in the tree….”

Name: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Fiction (YA Novel)
Language: English
Pages: 390 (Paperback)
Buy: Flipkart, Amazon
My Rating:
Preceded by: Catching Fire

Started: 7th August, 2012
Completed: 12th August, 2012
Total Reading Hour: 25-30 Hrs

Cover: I like book cover of The Hunger Game Trilogy. Like first book featuring a gold mockingjay—a crossbreed bird born from female mockingbirds and genetically engineered male jabberjays—with an arrow engraved in a circle, second book featuring mockingjay in fire and third book featuring mockingjay in peace.

After her rescue by the rebels of District 13, Katniss is convinced to become “the Mockingjay” – a symbol of the rebellion against the ruling Capitol. As part of a deal, she demands that President Coin ,the leader of District 13, grant immunity to all of the Hunger Games victors including Peeta and right to kill President Snow.

Katniss watches Peeta on television, and is unable to cope with her guilt. Finally, District 13 leaders decide to rescue Peeta, realizing that Katniss’ guilt is impeding her role as “the Mockingjay.” After the rescue, it is discovered that Peeta has been brainwashed into believing Katniss is the enemy, and he attempts to strangle her during their reunion.

The rebels take control of the districts and begin an assault on the Capitol. However, an assault on a “safe” Capitol neighborhood goes wrong, and Katniss and her team flee further into the Capitol with the intent of finding and killing President Snow. Many members of Katniss’ team are killed through intense urban warfare or through muttation lizards. Eventually, Katniss presses on alone towards Snow’s mansion, which has supposedly been opened to shelter Capitol children. However, as she reaches the mansion, bombs placed in supply packages kill many children. After the rebels conquer the Capitol and place President Snow on house arrest, he informs Katniss that the final assault that killed Prim was ordered by President Coin but Katniss decided something different and provoking.

As usual, Author did not cover all loose threads or didn’t allocate enough time to build other characters. Indeed, Katniss character is improved a lots. Author shows different version of Katniss from confused Katniss to Emotional Katniss to Strong Katniss to Decision maker Katniss but Katniss becomes just a symbol of rebellion. There are some good moments in book like “The Hanging Tree” song, description of District 13, Appearance of Katniss’s prep team in district 13, Discussion between Peeta and Gale, Discussion between Katniss and her sister Prim.

Some good lines from the book:

  • It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.
  • Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!
  • Some walks you have to take alone.
  • There are much worse games to play.
  • I drag myself out of nightmares each morning and find there’s no relief in waking.
  • Closing my eyes doesn’t help. Fire burns brighter in the darkness.
  • Collective thinking is usually short-lived. We’re fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction.
  • They’ll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you.

I like this book and its uniqueness but I was expecting more from this amazing trilogy and compromised. Surely, I will re-read this trilogy as I re-read Twilight saga. Go ahead and grab the trilogy.

P.S. You can refer below link for more amazing details

About Author: [Official Site]

Source [Wiki]: Collins was born on August 10, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the daughter of a U.S. Air Force officer who served in the Vietnam War. As the daughter of a military officer, she and her family were constantly moving. She spent her childhood in the eastern U.S.After meeting children’s author James Proimos while working on the Kids’ WB show Generation O!, Collins was inspired to write children’s books herself.Her inspiration for Gregor the Overlander, the first book of The New York Times best selling series The Underland Chronicles, came from Alice in Wonderland, when she was thinking about how one was more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole, and would find something other than a tea party.Between 2003 and 2007 she wrote the five books of the Underland Chronicles: Gregor the Overlander, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, Gregor and the Marks of Secret, and Gregor and the Code of Claw. During that time, Collins also wrote a rhyming picture book, When Charlie McButton Lost Power (2005), illustrated by Mike Lester.

Enjoy Reading !!!

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8 Responses to Book Review : Mockingjay

  1. Pingback: Book Review : Catching Fire | Ujval's Lounge

  2. I’m reading this book right now. Actually, I’m on page 371 and I’m finding it just a long, drawn-out battle. There are very few characters and not much interaction to keep me hooked. I’ll probably give it three stars this afternoon.

    • shahujvaln says:

      You are right James..As I said in my review, Author did not cover all loose threads or didn’t allocate enough time to build other characters… If she has given more pages for other characters development, novel (and complete series) could have been more interesting and interactive…

      I will be waiting for your review.


  3. The poem is mystical and the lines you shared a good too. Thanks for the review/

  4. sayedkhadri says:

    Nice Review.. I Have read only first book kind a liked it but not much.. Have you saw the movie?

    • shahujvaln says:

      Thanks for stopping here :).

      No. I didn’t get time to watch it.. But will watch in coming days..

      You are right.. Book got mix review.. some liked it too much and some didn’t that much..

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