Mockingjay

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By: Suzanne Collings

Mockingjay is the third, and final, book in the Hunger Games trilogy that began with the novel by the same name.  Throughout the series, we’re introduced and follow the story of Katniss Everdeen.  She’s dragged into a lottery style selection for the Hunger Games, a regular only-one-will-survive type of contest between a male and female contestant from each of the 12 districts of Panem.

In the first book, we see Katniss go from the relatively normal girl that she is, to a contestant in the hunger games, and finally to a victor of the hunger games.  In Catching Fire, the second book, we watch her enjoying the luxuries she gained by becoming a victor and then realizing what it was that her victory cost, and the revolution that she may have started.  Through each of those two first books, Collins does a pretty good job of showing us how Katniss evolves, grows, and becomes the Katniss that we see, here, in Mockingjay.

Through little flickers of the old Katniss, we see the natural breaks in her nature, as she comes to terms with being the mascot for the 13th districts revolution against the Capital.  If there’s one thing that Collins does very well through out the entire series, its showing that the characters are, indeed, human.  Once again, the book is well written, and the plot lines all seem to be well woven together.  I will admit to wishing the ending had been a bit different, but I suppose it was necessary for the resolution of the characters.

If you are a fan of the first two books, you likely don’t need me to tell you to go out and get the third book.  After all, who doesn’t finish a series?

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