A short Mockingjay review

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)I wrote lengthy posts about The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but I find that I don’t have much to write about Mock­ingjay — or rather, that I have just one thing to write.

The ‘Young Adult’ genre label doesn’t do the book jus­tice. It’s much closer to All Quiet on the Western Front than Harry Potter. But this is sci­ence fic­tion at its best; the author has cre­ated a fan­tastic world that dis­tances us from our­selves so that we can better see our own reflections.

Collins cre­ates a com­pelling argu­ment in three books, and long before she puts her mes­sage directly on the page, we have plenty of evi­dence to believe that “some­thing is sig­nif­i­cantly wrong with a crea­ture that sac­ri­fices its children’s lives to settle its differences.”

The book was exhausting, sat­is­fying, aware of its own cul­pa­bility, and it closed the series in a pow­erful, quiet way, just as it should have.


I’ve had this post sit­ting around for a while but hadn’t posted it. I remem­bered it yes­terday when, a friend sent me a link to the NYT write up, called “Suzanne Collins’s War Sto­ries for Kids.” It’s worth a read.

(On a side note, I’m happy to see the pos­ses­sive form of “Collins” written as “Collins’s.” That’s not so scary, is it?)


About J. E. Hunt

J. E. Hunt is a writer based in Washington DC, and the author of The Whispering Walls, its pending sequel, and several short stories. Please take a minute to check out his work.

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