Mockingjay. It is finished.

Mockingjay (Book 3 in The Hunger Games trilogy) by Suzanne Collins; published by Scholastic, New York, 2010; 390 pages.

Katniss Everdeen survived the Hunger Games…twice.  She even escaped District 12 to avoid President Snow and his cronies in the Capitol.  District 13 does exist and has given her, Gale, her family and other survivors of District 12’s firestorm, safe haven.  But at what cost?  President Coin and the other leaders of District 13 want her to be the Mockingjay, rallying support for the resistance across all the districts of Panem.  President Snow wants to make an example of her to destroy the efforts of the rebels.  Can she survive this, a third “hunger games” of a sort?  And what has become of Peeta?

Some trilogies end weakly, merely tying up loose ends.  Other series end with a bang, as I think Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows brought the Harry Potter series to a climactic and satisfying end.  Like the Harry Potter series, Collins has brought a satisfying conclusion to The Hunger Games trilogy.  While I found Mockingjay significantly more violent and thus more disturbing than the earlier entries, I think the series had to conclude this way.  In the end, neither side fought fairly and both sides justified their choices.  Sounds like the real world to me.  Also sounds like the perfect way to kick off a discussion of war, history, and how historians can twist the truth to serve their own agendas.

Look for this book to make several of YALSA’s awards list.

5P     5Q     Grade Level: 9-12+

Cover Art: The mockingjay seems to have broken free of the pin Katniss wears and is soaring, free, in a blue sky.  This perfect cover ties the series together by incorporating the mockingjay pin used on the covers of all three books but in a way that summarizes the end of the story.

From Reading List: The Way It Could Be (Science Fiction or Fantasy)

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. mauthor
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 22:45:24

    read the first book, though it was a good story. Read the second one, it started great but then midway through it was a rehash of the first book, i wasn’t too pleased with it. Hopefully the third one makes up for the somewhat disappointing book two and reading this review i think it might be really good.

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