mockingjay by suzanne collins

MockingjaySummary: Katniss accepts her new position as the rebel in District 13. Her and a few others were taken from the Quarter Quell. The Quarter Quell is from Catching Fire. However, Peeta was not one of these who were extracted. He is still missing and in close watch under the Capitol’s eyes. Each day, Katniss still feels as if President Snow haunts her. After much torment, she chooses to accept the role as Mockingjay for the rebel side. By accepting this role, she is granted immunity for her friends and authorization to personally end President Snow’s life. Beetee, another Game victor, works with Katniss closely. She trains Katniss to become a special weapon. As the role of Mockingjay, Katniss is featured in commercials representing the rebel side. These clips are called propos. In a propo, she teams up with her dear friend Gale. They are sent to District two. During their time in District two, they visit a hospital that ends up getting destroyed. By speaking with the injured, and then seeing the hospital being demolished, encourages Katniss to fight for justice. The rebels begin to gain strength after her decision. This is also stimulated by the coded message Peeta sent out to warn the rebels. After Peeta sent out this message, the Capitol releases footage of Peeta being tortured.

Why I picked it up: I watched the movie, “The Hunger Games,” and I loved it, so I decided to read the sequel for it.

Why I kept reading it: Once you pick this book up, you won’t be able to put it down.

Who would I give it to next: Anybody who watched or read The Hunger Games will love this book.

Reviewed by: Nihal S.


The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Book Ten of the Ranger’s Apprentice Series) by John Flanagan

Summary:  This book talks about the adventures and relationships of a land similar to medieval Europe. The realistic characters, humor and action carry throughout the story. The knight Horace, and mysterious rangers Will and Halt fend off an army of elite soldiers with a tribe of mere villagers with the help of Princess Evanlyn and Courier Alyss in a story of wit and cunning.

Why I picked it up: It had been a bestseller and all my friends had read it.

Why I kept reading it:  It was full of mini-cliffhangers, witty dialogue and fast-paced action. It had everything someone could look for in a book.

Who I would give it to next:  My friends, but anyone in general. Especially people who enjoy fantasy or funny books.

Reviewed by Rishi D.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Summary: The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, teenage heroine Katniss Everdeen embarks on one last adventure. Picking up from where the previous sequel ended, Katniss sets out, along with the other rebels, to destroy the Capitol. Her journey consists of tragedy and peril, but was an experience in which Katniss greatly matured.

Why I picked it up: The last two novels were absolutely amazing and captivating. I had to find out what happened to Katniss and if the rebels would defeat the Capitol. Of course, once I picked it up, it didn’t leave my hands until I had read the very last page.

Why I kept reading it: Suzanne Collins’ style of writing, as seen in all three of her novels, is to end a chapter with a phrase that pretty much forces you to continue reading. It definitely worked. She is a master of suspense. Also, since this was the third book, I wasn’t still deliberating whether or not I liked these characters. I was already very much attached to all of them, and I desperately wanted to know what would happen to them. Stylistic-wise, Collins isn’t very fantastic in using symbols or metaphors or some other literary effect aside from keeping the reader hooked. What she is good at, is creating these characters that feel so real in our minds that they stay there. We forget that she’s talking about a fictional future in her novels, because her characters are so full of life. Most importantly, they reflect real people because they are constantly making mistakes, allowing the reader to identify with them. This was a great novel to read when I was stressed, because it just whisked me away to another world where the characters are suffering far worse than having to write an essay. The ending, I did not particularly like, because it seemed a very dull finale after everything, but I understand that Collins was trying to maintain a realistic plot. Overall, Mockingjay was a very emotional novel for those who read the previous two books, and even though Collins isn’t the best writer and even though the ending was a bit disappointing, I still very much admire her for creating a fictional world with fictional characters that do not seem fictional at all.

Who I would give it to next: After I read it, I gave it to my younger sister. She LOVED it.

Reviewed by Tiffany C.