Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins can be summed up in one word: stunning.
It was so gripping, from start to finish, that I hardly put it down; I read it at the table last night at dinner, read it in every moment of "free" class time at school, and stayed up as late as I could handle and still function the next morning. And now that I've finished, what did I end up with?
. . . nothing. Because it's the last book in the series, and I'm completely heartbroken.
Mockingjay picks up a few weeks after Catching Fire left off, with that jaw-dropping ending to a jaw-dropping book, even better than the one preceding it. After being rescued by the rebels from District 13 during the Quarter Quell, Katniss has to come to terms with the terrible fact that she no longer has a home, that District 12 has been destroyed, and that she is the face of the war brooding all across Panem. And there's still her feelings for Gale, and Peeta's imprisoning by President Snow.
The book, through and through, is one of the most riveting nail-biters that I've ever read. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time you read it, and even the slowest of readers could--I think--whiz through it in a week, it's that good. You get sucked into the vivid world of Panem so quickly, you'll have read chapters upon chapters without even realizing it.
If there was a list of YA books that everyone needs to read before they die, this book (and it's predecessors, the Hunger Games and Catching Fire) definitely would be in the top ten, right under Harry Potter.
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