Sunday, August 29, 2010

The fictionalized reality TV has been replaced by a realistic war

Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3)
Suzanne Collins

****Spoilers if you haven't read the first two books****

When we left out heroine the Quarter Quell had come to an end, Peeta had been captured by the Capital while Katniss went to the rebels, and the Districts were primed for war to overthrow the government. Ensconced in District 13, and the remaining citizens of the now-destroyed District 12, President Coin beseeches Katniss to become the Mockingjay - to inspire the District citizens to rise up against the Capital. While Katniss does what she can to help the rebel cause, she realizes that things are not always what they seem. Struggling with right versus wrong, Katniss also must come to terms with Gale, Peeta, and - most challenging - herself.

Mockingjay was a fitting end to the Hunger Games Series. Darker than the previous two installments, there was much more focus on the personal struggles of the main characters, who all rightly are afflicted by a variety of psychological issues following the atrocities they have lived through. As with the first two books, I don't feel like I can say too much because I don't want to give away even the tiniest bit of the fabulous plot but will say that 1) I thought it was a bit anti-climactic. We know Collins can build up the suspense in an intense manner but she didn't deliver on the promise. 2) The ending was perfect, a little expected, but what I felt was the only fitting end to the story.

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