The Hunger Games #3: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans—except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay—no matter what the personal cost.

Mockingjay is an aggressively emotional conclusion to this epic series. With continual emotional and physical warfare, this book kept me riveted. This book was so…heavy. The amazing characters are only furthered in their “amazing-ness”, the storyline is so good, and the imagery is so explicit!

I love the turns and twists she gives each of the characters in this book. They are all struggling so much, and that affects each of them differently. The thought that goes into each character’s mental state is extensive, heavy, emotional, awesome, and at times, rather dark. However, the darkness gives it such weight and reality that could’ve been lost very easily after the conclusion of Catching Fire. If she didn’t make the last book darker than the first two, the series would not have the climax it should have.

Mockingjay wasn’t my favorite of the three mostly due to its weird climax. It wasn’t poorly done…it just wasn’t exactly what I wished. I wished certain characters were still alive and I wished that certain events that forever traumatized Katniss didn’t happen. Yet, the climax happened the way it needed to happen, and unfortunately, it came at a cost.

Triggers: depression, suicidal thoughts, mass murder, brief language, scary imagery, and sex trafficking. The trafficking is NOT explicitly described for it wasn’t present. The trafficking is part of a character’s back story, and it is referred to in past tense.

Overall, this is a really good book and an AMAZING series! Though I’d err on the side of caution for younger children, all others read these books! They are SO good!

This one actually is around 4 stars. 😉 Like 3.5-4 stars. What did y’all think about this whole series? Like it as much as I did or no? Thanks for reading, everyone! Stay safe. God bless!



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