“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic, 2010)

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In the long, impatiently awaited conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay does the job to everyone’s satisfaction, but still leaves readers wondering why everything had to get wrapped up so quickly and completely in one book, when longer series are more popular; it must’ve been something Collins had decided from the start and stuck with right up to the end.

The resistance is ready to take the dictatorial government of the Capitol down.  The supreme and primary hideout is the destroyed waste of District 13, where an elaborate system of dormitories, living spaces, training rooms and compounds, mess halls, and command centers exists beneath the ground.  Katniss is to be the spokesperson and figurehead for the resistance – the Mockingjay.  At first Katniss doesn’t know if she’s ready or even able to do this, after everything she’s gone through.  Gale is training with her, while Peeta remains a captive of the Capitol.  Then she comes to a decision after a shocking experience; she will be the Mockingjay.  The resistance begins a series advertising campaigns, as they attempt to convert all the districts against the government.  Katniss is front and center in most of them, visiting those in need and rescuing and helping who she can.  Once all districts are united against the Capitol, the final showdown will happen.

Collins continues with the magic in her writing from the first two books, getting readers hooked in from the first page, and then shutting themselves out of their own lives until they get to the end.  Collins covers a monumental amount changes, events and happenings in Mockingjay, leaving this reader wondering why this last book didn’t get expanded into two or three, giving her characters more room to develop and change with the events taking place; as a result Mockingjay feels a little rushed at times.  Nevertheless, it is a satisfying conclusion to the series, and fans will be wondering what Collins will be dishing up next, while other writers jump on the “teens in a post-apocalyptic setting” band wagon to try to cash in on the Hunger Games success.

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Originally written on September 18 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.

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Mockingjay Book Tour

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Having finished reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins — the concluding volume to the Hunger Games trilogy — I was sadly unable to secure an interview with her for BookBanter. However, she is currently on an extensive book tour across the United States; the dates and locations are below from the Scholastic site.

While my review for Mockingjay is forthcoming, my quick one liner for the concluding book is this: first two thirds should’ve been two separate books to make it a five-book series; the last third was as good as the first book.

Fall 2010 Suzanne Collins U.S. Tour Schedule

August 31, 2010

6:00PM-7:30PM

Wellesley Booksmith

Wellesley, MA

October 1, 2010

4:00PM-5:30PM

Wild Rumpus

Minneapolis, MN

November 4, 2010

7:00PM-8:30PM

Hicklebee’s

San Jose, CA

September 20, 2010

5:00PM-6:30PM

Harleysville Books

Harleysville, PA

October 2, 2010

2:00PM-3:30PM

Red Balloon Bookshop

St Paul, MN

November 5, 2010

7:00PM-8:30PM

Barnes & Noble

Lynnwood, WA

September 21, 2010

6:00PM-7:30PM

Barnes & Noble

Fairless Hills, PA

October 3, 2010

2:00PM-3:30PM

Anderson’s Bookshop

Naperville, IL

November 6, 2010

11:00AM-12:30PM

Elliot Bay Book Company

Seattle, WA

September 22, 2010

6:00PM-7:30PM

Children’s Book World

Haverford, PA

October 3, 2010

7:00PM-8:30PM

The Book Stall

Winnetka, IL

November 6, 2010

4:00PM-5:30PM

Third Place Books

Lake Forest Park, WA

September 23, 2010

3:00PM-4:30PM

Politics & Prose

Washington, DC

October 4, 2010

3:00PM-4:30PM

The Magic Tree Bookstore

Oak Park, IL

*Please note: This schedule
is subject to change*
September 23, 2010

7:00PM-9:30PM

Books-A-Million

Hanover, MD

October 4, 2010

7:00PM-8:30PM

Borders

Schaumburg, IL

September 25, 2010

Time TBD

National Book Festival

Washington, DC

November 3, 2010

7:00PM-8:30PM

Kepler’s Books

Menlo Park, CA