Mockingjay is a teen fiction by American author Suzanne Collins. It is the last book of The Hunger Games series, following The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. The book continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, who agrees to unify the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical Capitol and its ruthless president.
The book is divided into 3 parts on the “Three Acts” of the book. It picks up where the last book left off. The book revolves around how Katniss adjusts to District 13’s lifestyle and becomes the ‘Mockingjay’ and how she struggles to keep her friends and family safe. The book emphasizes on the effects of war, no matter for what reason it may be. In the beginning Katniss is blinded by hatred to the Capitol and love for her family. The pain of loss is not sugarcoated as she loses many things she holds dear through the story.
Katniss unknowingly provided a spark to the rebellion which turns into a wildfire when she is broken out of the Quarter Quell arena. Katniss is wanted to be the face of the rebellion by providing footage of her acting against the Capitol throughout all the districts. She agrees to follow their plans if the government of District 13 ensures the safety of Peeta, Annie and others and also if they reserve the right to execute Snow to Katniss herself. The rebellion gets all the support it needs and a team of soldiers including Katniss, Gale and others are sent deep into the Capitol to capture it. Meanwhile Katniss has to face an unstable and changed Peeta who has been influenced by the Capitol to believe that Katniss is the real enemy.
This book is an action packed thriller which keeps the reader on the edge of their seats at all times. The author describes the scenes perfectly. The book had me thinking about a lot of things for days. The Hunger Games series and especially Mockingjay is a book I would surely be reading a number of times.
Joel Sam John