Mockingjay (Hunger Games,#3) by Suzanne Collins
Publication Date: August 24th 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Hardcover, 390 pages
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"My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead."
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 don't think that words are enough to describe how unbelievably amazing this book really is.It's surely among the best books that have been written in the last decade and certainly the best book i have read in years.I can't think of a single thing i didn't like about it.
Surely i liked Hunger Games and Catching Fire but this book just left me awed.I've come across many reviews were people feel let down by the ending but me,no!The ending left me puzzled,happy,sad and with the impression that no other ending could be better than that and at the same time consistent with the story.I've read reviews were people feel that this book never managed to make them actually feel the heroes feelings,but honestly,this book was like a sentimental roller coaster for me.Certainly,there wasn't much romance in this book,but none of the other books in the series really had a strong romantic element,and really through those circumstances i would be feeling odd if any romance was that well developed.This book,isn't about who Katniss will ultimately pick.This book is about human cruelty,how people,in all their glory and smartness are capable of any rate of cruelty.It's about the fact that whoever side you fight,bad or good,when you are at war,the lines of right and wrong blend and it's difficult to discern them.It's about the universal truth that in the name of freedom,huge crimes have taken place from both sides.
After all that,it's needless to say that this book is extremely well written.It presents the final stage of the rebellion against Panem in a very interesting way and colored with every kind of emotion.Despair,anger,sense of duty,fear,hope,everything!The action scenes were incredible,keeping me on the edge the whole time until the heart wrenching end.
I'm afraid i can't say anything more without spoilers,so i'm gonna wrap it up.It's a series that noone should pass the chance on reading.Even if you don't like the final installment,or feel that it was an undeserved conclusion,the series itself is incredible and everyone should just try to read it.After all,all of the books in this series but especially Mockingjay,gives you something more except for the fun of reading a well written book.It gives you food for thought,something that many contemporary writers fail to deliver with their books.And for that reason alone,The Hunger Games trilogy stands out among all the other books.