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.
Oh. My. Goodness.
There were so many expectations and so much weight on this final and closing book, I have absolutely no idea how Suzanne Collins dealt with it. I would've had some kind of meltdown. And yet, Suzanne Collins stood up strong and finished this thrilling series saying bravely that this book was no harder to write than the other two.
But, this book was so much harder to read than the previous two. It's so brutal and bloody. Collins definitely does not spare us any detail of how gruesome war is. And then the killing! Oh my goodness, the killing. It was terrible reading about how so many characters die. I mean, how could Collins just kill off... well, I don't want to spoil anything.
By the way, I think I turned into Team Peeta during the time between finishing Catching Fire to the release of Mockingjay. I know, unbelievable. I was strongly Team Gale throughout the first two books, but then I realized that even though Gale may be passionate and has the power to protect Katniss, it should be up to Katniss for who she wants to end up with. I mean, if Katniss loves the little baker boy... maybe she should get with him. Anyway, I'm not saying anything about who she ends up with. I think that both Team Gale and Team Peeta fans will be disappointed and feel something lacking with the ending/epilogue.
Collins continues to write in that hypnotic style that makes you want to to glue the book to your hands. I'll admit it, I just had to put the book down at times. It was just the emotional heaviness of everything that got to everyone. The love triangle is really not the focus in this book, not that it was in the other two. But in Mockingjay for sure, the romance takes the backseat.
The plot is non-stop action with surprises at every turn, along with heartbreak and thrills. Though I am still deeply overwhelmed at the deaths and intensity of this book, I have to say that this series is the best I've ever read.