Series: The Hunger Games #3
Published by Scholastic Press on August 24th 2010
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 plans -- 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.
Short & Sweet: Mockingjay… Mockingjay… Oh, how I love / dislike you. The third and final installment leaves the series with a thrilling conclusion. Many twists and turns await readers as they navigate through plenty of action, intrigue, and a pinch of romance. While the novel was full of awesomeness, I must admit that the sparkle which was present in the previous novels is missing. And do not get me started on the epilogue.
Final Verdict: I am so torn. There are probably not words to express the love that I have for The Hunger Games and Catching Fire; however, the love I have for Mockingjay is so much different. It is a much more mature novel than the previous in the series. And while this is a good thing to an extent, it feels odd as a reader to have the author's voice in my mind change so drastically. Mockingjay is definitely a thrilling novel. One that will have you thinking and talking about it long after you have finished the last page.