Author: Suzanne Collins
Summary: Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even through her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’ family is sage. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are revels. 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’ 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 persona; cost.
My Rating: 8.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This review will contain spoilers.
I finally finished the book, but I have to say the final instalment to the Hunger Games Trilogy, didn’t grip me like the others of the series did. It was a fantastic book, and a lot happened in just under 400 pages, but it wasn’t what I was expecting, perhaps all the hype and excitement about it coming out gave me overly high expectations? I’m not to sure. I did find the first part a little slow, and Katniss to be a bit annoying, as she just walked around in this fog. I was hoping she’d take more control of what was happening around her, a lot sooner than she did.
The rebels and there plot. I did enjoy this, but found District 13, wasn’t all that I thought it would be, I thought it would be different, less controlled, but I found many similarities to the capitol in how District 13 was run. Which was good for me because I was constantly guessing and questioning there true intentions, especially Coin’s. I was also wondering if the traded one evil for another, when it came to District 13, and whether or not they were the good guys, what were there hidden agendas, and I was partially right about somethings, but wrong on other things. Overall I did enjoy this aspect of the plot, Collins’ gave me enough information for me to want to find out what happened next, and want get to the end. Sadly, I wasn’t racing through this book like the others.
The Gale/Peeta/Katniss love triangle. I wasn’t much of a fan of this. It’s a YA books, so it is part of what you get from the book, but this part bored me. It has bored me from the first book, and continued on until the end. I wanted more about the rebels, the good guys, the bad guys, the grey areas etc, but I wasn’t mad about whom she ended up with in the end, but if we were left hanging of who she was going to pick, it wouldn’t have mattered to me either way.
I loved the hidden messages about war in the book. I applaud Collins’ for doing such a fantastic job at this. She portrayed all the nasty, and truth face of war; innocents being killed, even by there own side, sacrifices etc. so well - a great message in the book.
Character deaths. Prim’s death surprised me, even though I found out by accident due to a review. I wasn’t even reading any reviews for this book, I was saving them for later, but my eyes caught on how the author killed her off. I wasn’t floored by her death, just surprised the author choose her over some of the other characters. In fact, I was surprised some other characters were the ones who survived. I was expecting that at least one of Katniss, Gale and Peeta would have been killed off. I was actually half expecting it would be Katniss, and in the epilogue it would be Prim finishing off the story, remembering Katniss and the sacrifices she made for the good of the community. That would have made a perfect ending in my books. I still liked the ending, but I was hoping for something different (this is a rare time, when I would have been okay for the main character to be axed off.)
Overall, it was a good book, but it wasn’t my favourite of the series, definitely worth reading, as is the entire series, but this book just fell a little short of my expectations.
Would I recommend it to read: Yes, even though it wasn't what I expected, it was still a great book. A lot happened, and there were some great hidden messages, and some not so hidden in there. It flowed well with the rest of the series, I just thought it would be different.
What to read next: The Giver, The Chrysalids for the Ya Lit fan. And I've been told if you enjoyed this series, then you would likely enjoy the Clockwork Angel.
Challenges: Read 'n' Review, Pages Read, 10/10 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, Countdown Challenge, Fantasy Reading Challenge, RYOB Challenge
For a fantastic review on this book, check out Amanda's from the Zen Leaf. She made some very interesting comments on the book, I touched on one of the points she brought up briefly, but she did a fantastic job at it, so I suggest you take a peek at her review.