Review: Mockingjay (Book 3 of The Hunger Games)

MockingjayTitle: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Published: August 24, 2010
Author’s Website: http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Review:  In post-apocalyptic North America, the government of Panem rules its twelve districts with an iron fist.  Each year, the government demands a boy and girl, tributes, be sent to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised “arena” fight to the death.

Katniss is The Mockingjay, the face of the Revolution, run from District 13.  As such, she gets to make some demands of her own as long as she goes along with the game plan…making propaganda clips for the rebels to show their side as well as inject into the Capital’s news feed.  Peeta was also “rescued” from the arena, but by the Capital, and they’ve turned his memories against him, made him hate Katniss, and use him as their voice.  The rebels launch a rescue mission that recovers Peeta and a few others, including Johanna.  Katniss is allowed to see Peeta and it’s then that they figure out just how badly the Capital messed up his mind.  The rebels go to work on his noggin while Katniss gets back to playing Mockingjay before having to prove she’s ready for the strike at the Capital by training hard.  Katniss, Gale and Peeta all end up on the same team attacking the Capital…which doesn’t go as planned.  Eventually, the Capital falls, and President Coin, the leader of District 13, is installed as the Panem President.  An unplanned meeting with (former) President Snow and recollections of prevoius conversations and situations leave Katniss wondering if the new President can be trusted any more than the old.

Bottom Line:  In the third and final book of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins wraps up a great trilogy.  As the last book in the series, Katniss’s death is a possibility, as well as all of the rebels.  In this book, Collins delves more into the internal struggles of Katniss and her companions while continuing to put them through violent physical trials leading up to a big decision for Katniss.

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