Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
(Book #3 of The Hunger Games)
Format: Kindle, 455 pages
Publication Date: 8/24/2010
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-fi, Romance
Goodreads Summary: My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead. 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.
I was so distraught after reaching that heart-stopping cliffhanger from Catching Fire and none of those emotions can even compare to what I felt when I reached the conclusion of the final book, Mockingjay. These books have consumed me and I felt so lost when I finished it.
It has been one hell of a journey and even though I was left heartbroken most of the time, I was really happy I picked up that paperback copy of The Hunger Games that started this madness for me. The Hunger Games and Catching Fire was, no doubt, a series of heartbreaking books. Mockingjay was not an exception to that. Suzanne Collins stabbed, stumped and threw my poor little heart with no mercy in a shocking whirlwind of events.
So the story continues after the whole epic breakout from the arena of The Quarter Quell. Peeta is taken by The Capitol and Katniss was brought to the infamous, District 12. She learns that it has survived the bombings, that it's functioning individually and that she is a part of a big plot to overthrow President Snow. The revelations we're dark, twisted yet brilliant all the same.
We also see different sides of the characters we have known and loved. Katniss went through hell in this book and that's saying a lot after going through The Hunger Games. I don't wanna say too much about the plot since I don't really want to spoil everything but be warned, your heart is going to shatter. At least mine did and a couple of people I know.
This book was jam packed with emotions. Keeping true to the nature of its predecessors, it was a page turner. I just want to thank Suzanne Collins for making this wonderful series! I have to say, I have a few things I didn't like about Mockingjay but that doesn't affect the brilliancy of this book and series. I could definitely see myself re-reading these in the next few months or years.
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