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 plains – 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.
While I’m pretty impressed with myself for hunkering down for three straight days reading the entire Hunger Games trilogy, I have to say that this wasn’t the most impressive instalment of the trilogy. That being said, I’m so happy that I’ve finally finished reading the trilogy!
If you’re reading this review, I’m assuming that you’ve read the previous two books in the series. If not, please stop reading! I’m not going to include spoilers, but even referencing certain things that happen in the book will be a spoiler if you haven’t read the previous two.
Mockingjay is about Katniss and her friends rebelling on the Capital. They’ve taken hiding in District 13, underground, and seem to be unsure which is worse — living under the Capital and President Snow’s Hunger Games and strict rules, or living in District 13 where the people still aren’t totally free.
While the entire book is moving along and I was intrigued the whole way through, I also felt that it was moving at a slower pace than the previous two books. Katniss and her team put together a lot of propaganda TV shorts and there was a lot of recap about what was going on in them. And really, maybe it’s just me, but who was watching these shorts? If the entire country of Panem is in rebellion, who’s sitting down watching their TVs every night?
The cliffhanger at the end of Catching Fire made me pick up Mockingjay immediately, but I felt that without the Games happening, there was a lot of sitting around, waiting for the action to start. That’s not to say that there wasn’t any action, because once it came up, it was hard to put the book down!
The romance was tepid in this book, and I have to admit that I was very disappointed with the outcome. I felt that “certain characters” were not given the screen-time (page-time?) they deserved, while I was rooting for them the whole way through.
Collins’s writing maintained the same caliber it had in the first two books, which was nice. There was still the odd sentence I found myself rereading to understand what exactly was being said, but I got it in the end.
Of course, that being said, the entire series was amazing and I’m happy to have finally read it. I’m interested to see if the entire series will turn into a movie franchise and that hopefully the movies will do the books justice.
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