Mockingjay is the third book in the Hunger Games series and is probably the most heart wrenching book of the three.
The rebels have finally taken action against the Capitol. Uprisings are taking place in almost every district. District 12 no longer exists. Katniss Everdeen is a refugee in the newly resurfaced District 13.
Peeta has been taken prisoner by the Capitol, enduring terrible tortures set by President Snow to torment Katniss. Alma Coin blackmails Katniss into taking her role as the Mockingjay, face of the rebellion, in order to assure the rescue of Peeta and the other rebels that were taken prisoners. Gale keeps trying to get the love of his life, and Finnick Odair is slowly falling apart…
Mockingjay is nothing like the first two books. First, it doesn’t take place in an arena; second, we can’t even be sure there’ll even be a victor; and third, there’s nothing left to look forward to… except the movie ;)
Suzanne Collins continues her usual pattern of cruel cliff-hangers at the end of every chapter, keeping us glued to the book from beginning to end. The horror, the humor, the hope, the dispair, the war, the love… Full of unexpected twists, Mockingjay guarantees a certain stroke.
It may sound cliché, but the first time I read the book, I literally couldn’t put it down. My hands shook more and more with every turn of the page because I swear there isn’t a boring moment in this book. It’s totally unexpected, and totally out of boundaries.
Many have criticized the book, but I think all the events portrayed in the last glimpse we’ll get of Katniss’ life have to take place in order for it to become believable. There are no wars without loss of loved ones, not only the bad guys die in real life, and the heroes are not really left unscratched. Collins illustrates this wonderfully, leaving you torn between resignation and hope (or maybe that was just me, that couldn’t figure out what to do with my life after I read the last word…)
In my opinion, this is an absolute must-read.