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 can't review this in the normal way. It was just too...intense. I finished it last night, and just sat there for awhile, because my brain was spinning. Let's go back to the beginning, shall we?
We start out with Katniss being all depressed, which got very annoying after a few chapters. Even so, it seemed real. The whole setting seemed real. This book was not lacking in Gale-ness like the other two; he got plenty of time in the story, which made me happy because he's such an awesome character.
Action-packed, a pageturner, bla bla bla. The thing that really makes this book unforgettable is the fact that finishing it isn't so different from being punched in the face. Well, reading it causes no actual physical pain, but you get the effect of being punched in the face out of nowhere. Just, BAM! and there it is.
Whoever called this a 'killfest'* wasn't lying. I won't tell, for fear of spoiling it for somebody, but... *wails for certain lost characters* At least they all died for a decent reason.** And wow, this book had a lot of emotion. If I was the type of person to cry during a book, I would've been sobbing through this one.
I wasn't expecting a happy ending. I mean, how could anyone? This is a war, not a tea party. But I really wasn't expecting it to be quite that harsh. Oh, well. At least the epilogue made me happy.
I'm in this book, by the way. Yeah. Go get your copy, it says my name right there. *spoiler alert, highlight to read* I married Finnick, apparently. Jealous, huh?
***** Five stars. Five stars for thrills and for metaphorically punching readers in the face. Five stars for sheer intensity. Five stars for Peeta (because, yes, I was Team Peeta all the way through). Five stars for having all that action crammed into not even 400 pages. Five stars for a spectacular, if not harsh, ending. Five stars for Mockingjay.
** *glares at HP7*
Reviews of other Hunger Games novels:
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)