After the events of Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen, her mother, her sister Primrose Everdeen, mentor Haymitch Abernathy, and her friends Finnick Odair and Gale Hawthorne, along with the survivors from District 12, adjust to life in the underground District 13, headquarters of the rebellion in Panem.
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Katniss reluctantly agrees to act as “the Mockingjay”–the symbol of the rebellion–for rebel propaganda, on the condition that District 13 President Alma Coin grant immunity to all surviving Hunger Games tributes, including Katniss’ friend Peeta Mellark and Finnick’s lover Annie Cresta.
“This book is a page turner; the revolution is in full swing. Katniss must accept the responsibility of becoming the Mockingjay the symbol of the revelation.”The Book Guide® Editor
Coin, however, insists on flipping for Katniss’s other demand: the right to personally execute Panem President Coriolanus Snow.
Peeta is tortured by the Capitol to demoralize Katniss. A rescue team extracts Peeta along with the other captured victors, but discover that he has been brainwashed to fear and despise Katniss.
Katniss is a different person from the first two books. I found her softer, more thoughtful, and also more open (granted, she’s still kind of a brat sometimes. But don’t we all have our moments?). In the first two books, even though the story is told by her, she’s very closed off with us. This book is filled with more emotion, and I liked her best in this book, even though it’s a tragedy of sorts.
In this final installment of Mockingjay, the most deadly and costly games are launched as the district rebels and the Capitol fight to the bloody finish for power over Panem. Katniss Everdeen continues to be the pawn, but as the games unravel, it’s never quite clear what side she should be playing for and who she should trust. Gale, her lifetime friend, continually makes moves that in the end cost Katniss dearly. Peeta, the person that put his life on the line for her time and time again, becomes a weapon in the games putting her at risk as she fights to survive this deadly powerplay.
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by The Book Guide® Editors4.8/5 Excellent