Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived her second Hunger Games even though her home of District 12 has not. Gale managed to escape along with her family but Peeta was captured by the Capitol. And there really is a District 13 along with rebels, new leaders and a revolution is quickly unfolding. It was part of the plan to have Katniss rescued from the arena and it has long been part of the plan that Katniss has been included in the revolution. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand it working on the revolution that wants to over throw the Capitol – everyone but Katniss. The success of the rebellion is now relying on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn and Katniss is finding that doing this, becoming their Mockingjay, will come at great personal cost to her and possibly to everyone she loves.
I went into this book wondering what it was going to be like. I’d been told by several people that it isn’t as good as the previous two. It is true that this book has a different feel for it and I didn’t sink right into it like I did the first two. It’s darker, harder and although death has been part of all three novels it seems like it is a frequent visitor in Mockingjay. I found that this one took me longer to read and at times it did lag a bit. However, I always say you know it’s a good book when you cry. And I will tell you what, the last 50 pages had me bawling. This book isn’t one that ends with a perfect happy ending. In fact, I’d venture to say that this book is far more realistic than a lot of young adult novels. These books aren’t meant ot leave you with a sweet, happy feeling. They’re meant to show you what happens with war and hunger and loss. And while I definitely didn’t leave with a happy feeling, I did walk away thinking that I appreciated that the ending was realistic. In war people do die, families are torn apart, and those left behind are changed. And in Mockingjay that is what happens. I may have walked away sad but I definitely appreciate what Suzanne Collins did and I would strongly recommend these books to ANYONE. So get reading!