Ally’s #30: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

So, a couple friends told me that the third book in this series was so-so, but I have to say I like it the best. It’s difficult to keep a trilogy going strong, and Suzanne Collins has done a decent job. The lull for me was the first half of the second book, where Katniss can’t figure out whether she loves Gale or Peeta more. Barf.

Mockingjay opens with Katniss sorting through the rubble of what is left of District 12. After yet another act of rebellion against the Capitol and President Snow, Katniss is airlifted out of the arena with a few of her opponents. The goal is to preserve the face of the revolution, the Mockingjay.

While safely tucked away in the humungous bunker that is District 13 with the other refugees from District 12, Katniss has the responsibility of maintaining her mental health, her physical prowess, and creating propaganda clips against the Capitol to incite continued rebellion.

In my head I hear President Snow’s words, spoken the morning I was to begin the Victory Tour. “Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark that, left unattended, may grow to an inferno that destroys Panem.”

Indeed she does, and those orchestrating the rebellion in District 13 know that Katniss is a vital key to convince those who have been beaten down for decades that risking their lives is worth the freedom they can obtain as a unified force. President Coin, along with some defectors from the Capitol, find that Katniss is not as easy to control as they think. Her patience with those who would use her as a pawn and threaten her sanity has worn paper thin.

This story is full of battles, heart-wrenching twists, and finally, at long last, Katniss gains some resolution in her relationships with Gale and Peeta. But not before some huge fissures appear between her and each of the boys. I like that the war doesn’t have a neat little bow wrapped around it at the end. Thousands of people die, many in horrendous ways. It was hard to read about the demise of characters for whom I had developed an appreciation. But their death was not in vain, as the Capitol falls and Panem is given another chance at life.

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