The Final Conclusion to the Hunger Games – Does it Live up to the Original?

Mockingjay, is the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy. It has garnered, generally, favorable reviews from critics, but received a lot of mixed reviews from its fans. Some who were expecting the same kind of tone and action-filled scenes as in the previous two novels, the Hunger Games and Catching Fire, weren’t as thrilled with the book probably because this time there were no scenes from the arena anymore. However, this doesn’t mean that the novel should be considered a disappointment. The intensity of the plot and the unpredictability of each scene will keep you turning one page to the next.

The third novel shows us a Katniss Everdeen that is forever altered and hardened. Who can blame her for being thrown into the arena as a tribute twice and narrowly surviving each time? Here she formally takes on the role of the “Mockingjay,” the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol.

To recap, the second book, Catching Fire, ended with Katniss successfully blowing up the arena’s force-field, which in turn ended the 75th Annual Hunger Games. In Mockingjay, she is rescued by District 13 rebels and ends up holding hands with their leader, President Coin, to be the figurehead of the rebellion. The plot, this time around, takes us into Panem’s political make-up and tells us of the oppression it has suffered under President Snow’s rule. The book highlights the change in Katniss and the helplessness she feels in her new role as a rebel leader. She is unwittingly swept along the power play between the leader of the Capitol and District 13. The book also takes you through the character developments and drastic changes, not just of Katniss, but of our beloved Peeta and Gale. The plot is heartbreaking and chilling. It echoes similar truths and issues present in our society; matters regarding rebellion, independence, and humanity.

Let Suzanne Collins take you through the final chapters of her fantasy world. The Mockingjay is a novel that you cannot pass up on.