The entire RT office was waiting with bated breath for the release of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy ender, Mockingjay. We got ready for Mockingjay's August 24 release date with giveaways (of the series starter and series schwag) and reports back from the official pre-release party. We were so excited about Mockingjay that four of the six RT editors already had their copies in hand by 10:00 on the morning of the book's release.
And the RT editors aren't the only ones who rushed out to get their copies ...
Mockingjay debuted in first place on the bestseller lists of both the New York Times and USA Today. But that's not so surprising, considering that in the first week of Mockingjay's release, more than 450,000 copies of the book were sold. Yesterday Scholastic announced that Mockingjay was selling so well, the publisher scheduled an additional 400,000 copies to be printed to make sure that there would be enough copies to meet reader demand!
After having devoured Mockingjay, the RT editors have done their best to sum up their feelings about the series finale with their group review.
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There are some SPOILERS in the rest of this blog entry. So stop reading here if you haven't read Mockingjay and want to stay in the dark until you see the action on the page.
Reviewed By: The RT Editors
OPINION ONE: Collins' conclusion to The Hunger Games trilogy is without a doubt a page-turner. The author pushes the emotional buttons as Katniss tries to make sense of her new reality. The romance triangle wraps up in a satisfying manner. However, overall, the book is stark and bleak — much like war itself. The resolution is not entirely satisfying, and the Katniss shown in the epilogue seems almost removed from her own reality.
OPINION TWO: I know the response to Mockingjay has been varied, but I love, love, loved it. I thought the inherent darkness of the tale was absolutely necessary to the plot, and really, if Katniss — who, let's be honest, was never chipper to begin with — was lighthearted after all she'd been through, it would have really rung false. Katniss' struggles throughout the novel are heart-wrenching and realistic and I'll be darned if Collins didn't wring some tears from me. I even loved the end even though I was (ahem) firmly on the other Team, boywise. Collins does this amazing thing in her prose, where she consistently zigs when you think she's going to zag. "Oh, I know what's going to happen next," you'll think, and it never, ever does. The trilogy is destined to be a classic, one I'll relish reading again and again.
OPINION THREE: The first time I read Mockingjay I devoured it so quickly I had to go back and re-read whole swaths. This was no sacrifice; Collins is so skilled and masterful that I did so gladly. Katniss’ character arc is heartbreaking and believable, and her friends — and enemies — are well drawn. I was happy with the love-triangle resolution, but it’s secondary to the main point of the story, which is, to quote a popular ‘70s poster: War is not healthy for children and other living things.
SUMMARY: After being extracted from the arena by the rebels following her second Hunger Games, Katniss must deal with the devastating fallout and consequences of the revolution, including the annihilation of District 12. Adjusting to life in District 13 proves difficult as she struggles to accept the role the rebels have set out for her, while President Snow continues to bait her from afar. (SCHOLASTIC, Sep., 400 pp., $17.99)
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