February 19, 2012

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. The final book in the Hunger Games trilogy. It is a bitter sweet read for me in away. I loved the first two books so much. Knowing that this one was the last one made me a little sad, plus with the change of how the Capitol and Panem are, it had a feel of a whole new story.

The Quarter Quell didn't end at all how the Capitol expected it to. Katniss survived, along with Finnick and Beetee by rescue from the arena by the leaders of the rebellion that has officially started in the districts. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 12 has been wiped off the map and the elusive District 13 is real. In Mockingjay, we finally get to see what District 13 is really like. And it's not a happy, bubbly place of joy.

Katniss is the Mockingjay, the emblem you could say, of the Rebellion. Unintentionally, but she stands for what the people of the enslaved districts want. The ability to out smart the Capitol and win and survive on your own terms. As Peeta had stated, "To play by your own terms."

I found Mockingjay a bit of a tough read, only because it seemed to me as a much more depressing story. Katniss fighting to get Peeta back, being a symbol and living up to what people expect her to do, but being held back for her own safety. Plus, the loss of characters we love. Suzanne Collins is not hesitant to to twist your heart and she does so, when you least expect it.

It is a well written story and even with the differences from the other two books, I still say that this is a to read!

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