The Hunger Games #3: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Read: 11 March, 2012

The Hunger Games ended when Katniss destroyed the barrier keeping the tributes in the arena, but the battle against the Capital is far from over. After an all-too-short glimpse of freedom, she finds herself yet again a pawn in someone else’s game – this time she is the Mockingjay, a symbol of the revolution used by the rebels and District 13 in their PR campaign.

I was worried about the third instalment of the Hunger Games series because so much could have been poorly handled. The love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale – which had been on hold while Katniss fought for the survival of herself and her loved ones – needed a resolution, and that might mean turning Katniss’s world towards ‘boy issues.’ The Capital had been set up as the baddies from the start, but Mockingjay is the first time we get to look at possible alternative rulers. It would have been so easy to maintain the perception of the Capital is the series’ baddies and reduce the conflict into a simplistic good vs evil conflict. And, lastly, the first two books in the series focused around a Hunger Game – what was left for the third? Surely we wouldn’t see another Hunger Game? But where else was there to go?

I was pleasantly surprised on all fronts. Collins navigated the standard whirlpools with much grace and ended the series powerfully. Even the “years later” epilogue fit the story and only increased the emotion, rather than feeling too removed from the events for the reader to process. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was in tears for much of the ending.

I really enjoyed the twist – yes, there’s a twist. It caught me by surprise, but only because it solved an issue that had been concerning me rather than because it was from “out on left field” or otherwise lacked sense. In retrospect, it fit Katniss perfectly.

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Other books in the Hunger Games trilogy:

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Catching Fire
  3. Mockingjay

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