Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**Warning:Spoilers for the whole series**
Mockingjay is the final book in the Hunger Games series. As far as final books go, this one definitely drove it on home, leaving a heavy, yet satisfied feeling of closure.
After the surprisingly breathtaking end to Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen tries to come to terms with being rescued from the Quarter Quell games. She is overwhelmed by not knowing what is real and what’s unreal while she heals from her stunt back in the arena. When her head is functioning better after her doozy of a concussion, she learns that Peeta was taken captive by the Capitol, and that her home, District 12, has been bombed to smithereens. With this shocking news, Katniss can feel relief that Gale, along with his family, her mother and Prim were able to survive the bombings and taken rescue by the not so extinct District 13. The big ass snowball of news keeps rolling when Katniss figures out that she and Peeta were just a pawn in the rebel’s cause the whole time. Not being the actual cause might ease Katniss, but it’s too little too late with all the innocent lives lost. She tries to adjust to the strict lifestyle in 13 and soon learns that life here isn’t too different from life back home when it comes to the lack of luxury or freedom. Slowly, she comes to realize that power hungry people trying to get a position of power are everywhere, and that really no one can be trusted anymore. The devil himself, President Snow starts to taunt Katniss out into the open, using Peeta as the most malicious sort of bait. Embracing the role of the Mockingjay is the only way Katniss feels like she has the power to save Peeta, and take down the dominating, manipulative and mostly just evil President Snow, which in turn will help Panem achieve the equal way of life under diverse leadership. Or so she thinks..
The conclusion to the Hunger games series is an intense and emotionally rocky ride. It’s usually hard to see a loved heroine go through so many unimaginable hardships over and over, and this case is no different. However it’s done over in all three books in heart wrenching and most captivating ways. My mind has been reeling over these books the last couple weeks, comparing how real people have to go through this and worse everyday. As for the ending, the warring and aftermath of it all may not be the fairytale ending everyone wanted to see, but it’s life and it’s reality filled with the inevitable consequential scars. Suzanne Collins stuck to her guns, painting her opinions into this unforgettable series of war and how it touches lives, throws them around and uses them all over again. The realizations that Katniss finally comes to are fitting and just right for the circumstances. I was questioning who she belonged with the whole series, but it was never really about romance. It’s really about what every individual can do to making the world a better and safer place for the generations to come. Of course, I wanted to get more Gale in the books, but longing is just another strong feeling to throw in with the bundle of other emotions we run through in these books. This series was a great piece of work and I am now highly excited to see how the movies turn out.
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