Thursday, October 21, 2010
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games #3)
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.
This was a very hard book for me to read. I'm awful with the final book of a series I love...I never want it to end. I don't want to know what happens, I just want every character to live on in my mind forever, and I knew, just due to the nature and the premise of this series, that that would not be the case.
It was a great book, but it's not easy to get so attached to characters only to have their very lives endangered. Having so much invested, I was a little scared to read this one, but I'm really glad I did.
Katniss' strength has grown so much over the series, and this book is no exception. Even faced with incredible horror and loss, she is a character to be reckoned with. At the beginning of the series she was a hunter, and used that identity in order to survive, becoming a warrior. Now she has become a symbol for the very war she is in the middle of. And a symbol does not need to survive to remain powerful. But Katniss realizes that she has to survive, because no matter what she is, hunter, warrior, or symbol, she is at her very heart a protector. And she can't protect anyone if she's dead.
The Hunger Games have begun again, but instead of a handful of frightened teenagers, it's the entire nation, and everyone is desperate to survive.
Suzanne Collins' writing is supurb. You feel every emotion, every hard decision, and every challange as though you were going through it yourself. She is an incredible writer.
Completely heartbreaking. Wonderful.
A great ending to the Hunger Games trilogy.