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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins is an American novelist, who has written children’s tv shows for Nickelodeon, and in 2008, published her most famous work, a young adult novel calledThe Hunger Games. This book, along with the sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay, form the Hunger Games trilogy. Lions Gate Entertainment has acquired the rights to a film adaptation of The Hunger Games, which will be adapted by Collins herself. 

“If we burn, you burn with us”

Katniss Everdeen’s final battle has begun.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge …

Kantiss has joined the rebels in the burnt out, hollowed remains of District 13, but she must decide what role she means to play in the coming war. Does she dare to take on President Snow? Is she willing to risk the lives of those she loves? 

Will this war mean the end of humanity itself?

By becoming the face of the rebellion against the Capitol, Katniss loses power over her own life in Mockingjay. She essentially becomes a puppet of the movement – shooting propaganda videos and never going to the front lines of the battle. Initially I found this very annoying, but I realised that the face of the rebellion cannot be killed or harmed lest the war effort loses momentum. Katniss does participate in the action a few times, but only by disobeying the orders given to her by others, and these are some of the best parts of the novel.

I find it ridiculous that Katniss is still swinging between Gale and Peeta in terms of romantic interest. Instead of deciding between them and sticking to it, she strings Gale along while harbouring feelings for Peeta, and hurts both of them in the process. The moment she started choosing Gale only when she deemed Peeta unattainable, Katniss should have realised her true feelings. She is never given an opportunity to make up her mind either – one of them leaves her and she decides to be with the other. A poor ending to a very promising romance story I think.

The remaining victors of the Hunger Games are, at one point, required to vote on whether to force the children in the Capitol to face off in the arena. It seems that Katniss’ view counts the most, and she says YES. This seems completely contradictory as she, and the other victors, know first hand what it is like to be punished for their ancestor’s mistakes. Why would she, or any other victor, force other innocent children to go through the horrors they went through? Wasn’t the whole point of rebellion to stop the barbaric Hunger Games? I found this scene to be completely contradictory to the message of the rest of the series.

Even with the confusion in Katniss’ character, the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy was a wonderful read. It concludes the series well, I am not disappointed in the ending, but rather that the series had to end at all. I guess I have to look forward to the movie now!

About the book:

  • Pub. Date: 25 August 2010
  • Publisher: Scholastic UK
  • Format: Paperback, 448 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9781407109374 ISBN 10: 1407109375
  • Categories: Science Fiction, Young Adult
  • My review of The Hunger Games (#1 in The Hunger Games Trilogy)
  • My review of Catching Fire (#2 in The Hunger Games Trilogy)

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