WARNING: The Hunger Games and Catching Fire spoilers!
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: fiction (dystopic)
Length: 391 pages
Year Published: 2010
Source: public library
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.
My Thoughts: I loved this third and final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy. I especially liked that each of the three books were so different from one another–there was essentially nothing predictable about any of these books. And the ending to this book proved just how unpredictable anything is in the trilogy. The suggestion of another round of Hunger Games to punish the Capitol was shocking–and the way Katniss voted on the issue also surprised me. And then Katniss killing a certain important someone. All things surprised me a lot.
I did find that sometimes I got confused when reading. Those times when Katniss herself was confused and trying to rationalize lots of things at the same time also confused me. But, in that respect, it made me like the story even more. Because the confusion I was feeling made me feel even more for Katniss. If I was a little confused, she would’ve been extremely confused. Which wasn’t helped by certain things–especially towards the end–being a bit rushed.
As far as the epilogue goes, I, of course, wrote about my feelings in my book journal before I read it. Although, when I began the book, I asked a couple of friends if I should read the epilogue–you may remember that epilogues scare me because they sometimes ruin the whole story for me. They told me to, so I did (after the initial reflection). And I really liked it. It didn’t exactly lay out the future with really specific things, just a general picture of Katniss’s life about 20 years past the end of the book.
~*~SPOILERS ABOUT PEETA VS. GALE~*~
Now I just have to tell you what I feel about the Peeta vs. Gale dilemma Katniss faced. I wasn’t actually gunning for one over the other, because Katniss herself never seemed to know which one she loved more than the other. But I was happy with the way things worked out. Peeta complimented Katniss and had characteristics that she lacked–Gale was, for the most part, exactly like Katniss and two such strong entities together couldn’t coexist for long. Although I was a little disappointed in the way things ended between Katniss and Gale. While they didn’t end on bad terms or anything, it seems like it was rather sudden. Gale living in District 2 after the revolution and Katniss living in District 12–their relationship just seemed a little unresolved to me. Almost as if, if they hadn’t gotten separated when they did, they could have easily ended up together. In this respect it sort of makes me wonder that, had they not been separated, would Katniss have chosen Peeta after all? Or did the situation of her and Gale already being separated sort of make that decision for her?
And, just because I agree with pretty much everything she said about the book, here is a link to Michelle’s review post about this book. (There are a lot of spoilers in it, FYI.) Michelle was also one of those friends who encouraged me to read the epilogue 🙂