Second Chance Sunday – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Second Chance Sunday – Mockingjay by Suzanne CollinsMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: August 24, 2010
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My name is Katniss Everdeen.Why am I not dead?I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.


What to say about Mockingjay? Mockingjay was completely different than the other two but just as fantastic.

In Mockingjay, you learn what was truly going on in Catching Fire and how it was all set in motion by the Head Gamemaker to stage a rebellion by the people of District 13, the long assumed dead district. District 12 has been destroyed, Katniss and her family and friends, including Gale, are now living underground in 13 with Finnick, Beetee and a whole new cast of characters. Peeta is a prisoner of the Capitol and President Snow and Katniss’s world is completely upside down. Her emotions are all over the place. She feels guilty for what she has put people through, she feels hatred for what Snow has put her and everyone else through, angry at what the people of 13 expect her to do(including her mentor Haymitch) and she feels complete agony over the fact that Peeta isn’t there with her through anything.

Slowly she begins to gain her strength and make the decisions that set her apart from everyone else in the other two books and the strong Katniss we all know and adore arrives. but she arrives not without consequences. Her life is even more peril then it was in the other parts of the story and it is from two opposing forces: one that will stab you in the front and one that will stab you in the back. And while all this is going on, Peeta now seems to hate her since Snow turned him on the one thing he said he would always love.

There are so many twists and turns you have no idea who to trust and what side is the side you should be rooting for to conquer all.

In the end, Mockingjay will rip your heart out into tiny pieces and leave you in tears at parts. The things that Katniss has to survive yet again are just unbearable. The change of her best friend, the loss of the Peeta she has come to rely on, the death of Prim, her world completely changing for her. And through all that, she comes out on top. She may be a little more broken then when the series started, but like she was once told, they had all been changed forever.

The Hunger Games series is one of the best I have ever read. Everyone needs to pick these books up.

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Second Chance Sunday – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Second Chance Sunday – Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: September 1st 2009
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Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

Catching Fire was absolutely amazing. If I could give it 6 stars I would! Poor Katniss just can’t catch a break. She survives the first Hunger Games which is barbaric at best and is then sent home to resume a “normal” life. only her life is anything but normal. She is tormented by her thoughts and memories, by the nights she lived in the arena with little hope of survival for both her and the boy that had become so important to her. And to top it all off everyone she knows and loves is put into danger because of a choice she made that at the time wasn’t a big deal, but ended up being seen as a major act of defiance for a government that was trying to control its people with a very short leash. She does everything in her power to try to make things right but what she slowly realizes is that it’s too late. She has no say anymore in what will unfold because it has already been decided. She will enter the Hunger Games one more time and she will enter with 23 other victors including her love Peeta.

It’s a story about what you really can survive when your back is against the wall and what becomes important to a person that has everything on the line. Lives are lost, friendships severed, secrets explode. You can feel everything Katniss feels, see everything she sees and understand all the decisions she makes. The end will leave you gaping in shock as you try to piece together exactly what was happening and who was behind it all.

Peeta and Katniss broke my heart in this book as they tried so very hard to keep the other alive even if it meant the loss of their own life.

A definite must read. This book will stay with me for a long long time.

 

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Second Chance Sunday – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Second Chance Sunday – The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published by Scholastic Inc.
Published: September 14th 2008
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In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

So I must admit, I really tried to rebel and not read this book like I did with Twilight(and will continue to do), but after the 7th person told me to read it and someone voted for Peeta on the book boyfriend list I created I caved. I bought it on my NOOK for a markdown price and I was thrilled. In my head, I’m thinking why pay full price for a book that I have no interest in. Truth is, I would have paid 100 times what I did for the first one it was that good! I am completely, totally, 100% a fan of The Hunger Games.

I thought the names were going to bother me because they were so unusual, but they didn’t and that’s because the characters were so unusual. It is very rare to find such an amazing heroine like Katniss. She is strong and smart and quick with a rare charm that most don’t notice. She is what little girls should dream about being. She is a survivor and that is in her blood. And then there is Peeta. He wears his heart on his sleeve. Basically says what he feels and what he is thinking. He is the weaker of the two yet when put together these two are unstoppable…well mostly. Obstacle after obstacle finds both of them and they deal with them not like the 16-year-old’s they are, but like adults aged well beyond their years.

I was on the edge of my seat the whole entire time I was reading yet I couldn’t seem to stop. I didn’t want to put it down. As I said at one point, The Hunger Games is the reality show from hell, but definitely worth the price of admission. Everyone needs to read this book and don’t be stubborn like me.

 

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