Author: Collins, Suzanne
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Subject: Science fiction
Series: Hunger Games
Series Volume: 03
Publication Date: August 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 x 5.50 in
Age Level: 12-UP
Received: Borrowed from friend
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
This is about revolution. Revolution against the capitol, against the government of their time.
This is about corruption. Corruption in the capital, corruption in the rebel forces.
This is about love. Love for Peeta, or love for her childhood friend.
The book begins with many questions. Katniss has to decide whether to be the rebels 'Mockingjay' and face of the revolution or stay in the shadows. She believes that what she really needs is the peace of dandelion and not more fire but she agrees to become the face of rebellion.
Being the last book of a trilogy there is not the anxious build up for the next installment but I found reading just as captivating as the first two. The trilogy is like the movie 'The Running Man' where men are put in a contest for the whole world to see and cheer at their deaths. This book deals with the ending of the Hunger Games, the end of tributes and the end of life as the capital has come to know.
Yet with all the 'ends' this book deals with there are also new beginnings and purposes. This was the part that appealed to me. No fairy tale ending, yet no sad ending either. The author captured the correct ending where Katniss is healing, learning to love through what she calls a rebirth. An ending where you see true friendship grow into mature love.
I especially like the questions asked when the people did not know reality from fantasy. There was trust being built with each question of 'are we friends, real or not real?' Journals, maps and written words become so important for the characters in this book. Understanding and remembering are key factors for survival.
So much of this trilogy was about the evil capital and the government forces. In the end the struggle is just about evil forces of people from all sides of the fence.
Overall, this trilogy will make you think. It is an easy read for adults but captivating for both young and old. I do recommend reading this book.
DIRECT Link To Purchase:
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)