Hunger Games Trilogy: Mockingjay
I’ve been engrossed in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy and recently finished the last book, Mockingjay. I liked this book more than the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire, but not as much as the first one, Hunger Games. Warning: this review will give away details in those previous books.
Mockingjay begins where CF left off – Katniss and Finnick were rescued by hovercraft from the arena of yet another Hunger Games. Katniss is “the mockingjay,” the symbol of Panem’s revolution. She is living in the underground, technologically advanced District 13 with her mother, Prim, Haymitch and Gale. Peeta and Joanna were not rescued from the arena by the rebels and are now being held by the Capitol.
We learn of the revolution and how the districts, one by one, are joining forces against the Capitol. Gale, Finnick, and a team of soldiers head to the Capitol to rescue Peeta and Joanna, but it’s soon apparent that Peeta is not the same person he used to be. The group, including Katniss and Peeta, eventually head to the Capitol to take over Snow’s last remaining stronghold, and remove Snow from power. We once again see Hunger Game-type mutts, traps, and weapons while the group attempts to take the Capitol.
Mockingjay moved a lot faster than CF and was just as intriguing as HG. Collins does a great job of dropping the reader right in the middle of the story, the conflict, the war. I felt that she took the “Hunger Games” a little too literally, thinking she had to implant them in each of the three books and I was frustrated by a lack of character growth – Katniss stays infuriatingly the same throughout the trilogy.
I have to say, I absolutely hated the epilogue. The ending of the book was completely perfect – in my opinion – and the addition of the epilogue was a tired, traditional cop out. But, all in all, I really did like this book, loved the trilogy, and am so glad I was introduced to this series. And rumor has it a movie is in the works!