Also by this author: The Hunger Games
Series: Hunger Games #3
Published by Scholastic Press
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Read in: September 2010
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My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.
Katniss Everdeen, 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.
I thought the book started off pretty slow considering the action that was happening at the end of Catching Fire. This book is different from the first two books in the fact that Katniss doesn’t have to go to a Hunger Game this time around. The first half of the story is trying to tell you what happened when Katniss left the second Hunger Game that she was in. A lot of new characters are introduced without much explaination, especially after reading Catching Fire over a year ago. The beginning is just hype for the great battle with the Capitol that you know will happen later on. They make Katniss the Mockingjay and she is used against the Capitol to rile the Districts.
The second half of the book we finally get to the setting where Katniss is headed out with several people to go to the Capitol to kill Snow. Along the way there are many problems and many people are there with her one second and the next Collins just says well they blew up or they just stay behind to die. This leaves the reader with an aburpt shock that has you wondering at first if you missed some words. I know I personally went back to reread a few passages from time to time just to make sure the person was actually dead. By the time Gale and Katniss get near the main center of the Capitol it is all anticlimatic. There was no great battle afterall because Katniss gets knocked out and we don’t see any battle, we just see her wake up in the hospital after the battle. I thought this was a little boring, the whole time we are waiting for this big great battle and her killing Snow and it doesn’t happen. After this the story is wrapped up with a pretty little bow and you are just suppose to except that bow as the end. I felt that the ending was good and that Katniss did end up with the right guy but it was just a little too neat for me.
A good thing about this book is that I thought that the main message of this series is good. That war brings about great change but sometimes you lose some people along the way. People are forever changed from a war, even more so because these characters were in the war effort instead of on the sidelines.