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the final part of an amazing trilogy
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
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Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Advantages: stunning conclusion
Disadvantages: bit too fast paced, you might miss things
Mockingjay is the third and final book of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
Picking up where book 2, Catching Fire left off we rejoin Katniss who has just been rescued from almost certain death in her second Hunger Games. Alliances had been formed, thoughts of rebellion had been sown in the minds of the populace of the various Districts but now after recovering from her violent ejection from her last combat trial Katniss has no idea who is friend or foe any more.
Most of her new life is documented in District 13, no longer a far off mythical place.
Now set in concrete or rather firmly under it, hidden away from the prying eyes of the Capitol who seek to eliminate the last traces of any resistance to their regime. Would that they could have it their way but these are last the days of the Roman Empire as it were.
Panem has been revealed as the Latin quotation for Bread And Circuses, the ancient Roman games of yore. However with her escape and defiance as a cat amongst the pidgeons, or Katniss amongst the Mockingjays to be more accurate to the story. She is the spark to start the fire, hers is the name that is the call to battle, hers is the face on the banner of freedom.
Katniss has in fact become the ultimate figurehead, Boadicea, Eva Peron or even Joan Of Arc.
Her relation with Peeta has gone beyond complicated, captured by the Capitol, brainwashed and used to spread doubt amongst his fellow rebels Peeta is used as a visual Lord Hawhaw (the younger amongst you might need to Google that reference). But of course plans are afoot to rescue him. The star-crossed lovers can not be kept apart by guards, or guns.
It will take torture and mind games to achieve that aim.
In District 13 President Coin rules, and rules are enforced. Food is rationed, time is accounted for, citizens are made to be useful. Katniss has simply swapped one totalitarian regime for another, only District 13 does not bay for her blood. Or does it?
In this final book we will follow the battles to free the remaining 11 districts after the carpet bombing which has destroyed most of District 12. We will follow how she trains to become a soldier for the new regime, all the time keeping her own personal revolution and agenda in mind - the one underlying thought, to kill President Snow, ruler of the Capitol.
In him you see Caesar, Caligula and the worst of Roman Empires. This is a man who won't go down without a fight, who will kill your friends or family if he can't kill you. His troops are loyal to the point of blindness, his inner circle of citizens think his is the right way to live. Only that life, that status quo is about to come tumbling down like a house of cards.
The rich will see how the poor in the Districts have been treated, the war will be taken into the very heart of their own previously protected society.
It may be difficult to read this final book, there is no literal Hunger Games this time but the battle into the heart of the Capitol becomes a mirror to that battle ground. Many will die in terrible and pointless ways.
Even when the regime falls, Katniss is still left with doubt. Has her leader Coin done the right things to defeat Snow?
Beyond that I wish not to spoil your reading any further. Be reassured there are twists and turns, twists within twists and an actual ending that can be enjoyed.
Of the three books this will probably get re-read the most as the action happens so quickly you may frequently miss character deaths or plot twists.
Suffice to say I am ready to return to the fray with Katniss. She has been a most excellent companion across her story arc.
(this review also appears on Ciao! I am the original author)
Summary: enter the final battle with Katniss