Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
What to say about this final book in the Hunger Games...... I found myself slowing down towards the end because I was so immersed in the world of Panem and the lives of the characters that I did not want to finish. The entire trilogy is heart wrenching, edge of your seat, can't stop reading but this final book takes it up a notch. The devastation that The Huger Games have inflicted on the lives of our characters is just beginning to be seen. In this final book we see what physical and emotional damage they have all endured and their struggle to overcome things that are truly unbearable. This is a story that will stay with me for a long time and when it begins to fade I believe that I will be ready to read it again as a reminder of what true horror is and what it can do to the human spirit.
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