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Mockingjay Classic - Suzanne Collins
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Mockingjay Classic - Suzanne Collins
Advantages: A fitting finale
Disadvantages: The weakest in the trilogy
Mockingjay is the final book in the Hunger games trilogy and brings to a conclusion the story of Katniss Evergreen. In the previous two books Katniss a girl from District 12 has survived the brutal Hunger games twice; the games have been designed as a tool to keep the districts supressed by a totalitarian regime. At the end of the second book, Katniss was captured by the leaders of District 13, District 13 was supposed to be destroyed however it has managed to survive and is in rebellion against the government.
Mockingjay tells the story of the last days of the Panem regime; Katniss is persuaded to become the Mockingjay, a figure head for the rebellion. During the two previous games she has played the love interest of Peeta also from District 12 however Peeta was captured by the government and she despairs for the return of her friend. This the final book introduces us to District 13, here in this district we have a tight controlled environment whose only real plus is that they allow free speech and liberation compared with the government. In this district everything is controlled to maintain supplies as the people all moved underground during the fight with the government.
In previous books, Katniss is railing against the government and the perfumed excesses of the people in the capitol however in this book the enemy is clearly defined as President Snow. We get more information about the Presidents rise to power and why he so ruthlessly represses the districts. Katniss is now about to lead a brutal and bloody rebellion against President Snow, she only accepts the role because she wants to finish things with the President in person.
The use of District 13 gives a focus for the rebellion but also creates problems engaging with the characters, introducing a hugely significant element in the stories after 2 full books is always a tricky balance. Here Suzanne Collins tries to use the sterile environment of District 13 as a contrast to the hedonistic Capitol and the extreme poverty of Katniss previous home district. There is a sense of using District 13 as a tool allowing Katniss to get personal with President Snow where the possibility of rebellion within the supressed Districts would have been virtually impossible.
The book moves very quickly into a pure action thriller, there are plenty of fight scenes, atrocities and chances for Katniss to play the Joan of Arc style rebellion leader. The president of District 13 (Coin) is introduced and instantly cast as the Stalin style figure, which at the time she's your friend but has totalitarian beliefs almost as unpleasant as President Snow. Katniss and Coin almost immediately clash heads and the resolution is truly shocking.
This book does bring the trilogy to a close, there are possibilities of further books and Katniss does have a future but the book has a rather forced feel the ending rather complex and bizarre at times. There are plenty of shocks and twists but there is a sense that the author wanted to go down the line of the Harry Potter series where the last book has a degree of killing off minor characters and one or two major ones. I enjoyed it but it was the weakest of the three which was a shame and I'm hoping that Suzanne Collins gets a bit of form back for her next novel.
Summary: Brings the books to a conclusion