Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 25th, 2010
"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.
In a place once known as North America exists a place called Panem, a nation comprised of twelve districts and one Capitol. Each year, to remember the effects of the districs' rebellion on The Capitol, a competition called The Hunger Games is held, where two tributes from each district are sent to an arena to fight 'til death, all the while broadcasted on national television. The chances of making it out are slim, but Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, makes it out not once, but twice, beating the odds and defying the doubts cast on her. She unknowingly starts a revolution against The Capitol, and even the long-pronounced dead District 13 rises from the ashes to fight. But this causes a stir in The Capitol, and the authorities are more furious than ever. They will stop at nothing to put an end to the rebellion, even if it means destroying Katniss' life, and the lives of those close to her.
An epic conclusion to the most influential YA series since Twilight, Mockingjay is superbly-written, exquisitely-plotted, and powerful in every right. Undeniably engrossing and addictive, it could only have been crafted by an incredibly talented author, and Collins really closes her phenomenal series with a bang.
All the questions garnered from the previous novels are answered in Mockingjay, and once again readers get to dive deep into Katniss' mind as she tries to put an end to The Captiol's corrupt ways. I love how no matter how far-fetched the ideas in The Hunger Games novels seem to be, they're plausible. We could be the characters in the novel a few years from now. It gives us a little taste of what we could be in a few years if we give into our selfishness and greed. It's terrifying, but it makes the series all the more important. The Hunger Games series is truly dystopian fiction at its finest.
In all honesty, I could not imagine the series ending in a better way. There's a little bit of loss and a little bit of joy, but the distinction between the two is blurred so readers end up with a thrilling, unforgettable ride of a novel. Words escaped me as I finally finished the conclusion to a series that had my heart doing calisthenics- one minute pounding from suspense, and a second later sighing with euphoria... It's a heart-attack, really, but in the best possible way.