‘Mockingjay’ by Suzanne Collins

B612_20180528_214954_409‘Mockingjay’- the book I chose for my FaB challenge, is the third and final book in the Hunger games trilogy and  has a lot of suspense awaiting the readers. We step into the shoes of Katniss Everdeen, a seventeen year old girl who narrates her story.

The  nation of Panem  is divided into twelve districts. Panem’s government is a dictatorship that maintained its power after a failed rebellion. Each year two children from each district are selected to participate in the Hunger Games, where they have to fight against each other in an arena. The Hunger Games are a reminder to show that everyone is just a pawn in the hands of the Capitol and that no one is safe. The televised hunger games are broadcast throughout Panem. Katniss and Peeta are the victors from the previous Hunger games.

In Mockingjay, Katniss is a role model and inspiration for the rebels who are struggling to fight against the injustice of President Snow’s dictatorship. As she is told, “You’re the face of the rebellion. You may have more influence than any other single person”. The plot is completely different from its predecessors where the story revolves around trying to survive the Hunger games. Mockingjay explores the psychological and emotional costs of war.

The story begins with Katniss and a few others being rescued from their previous hunger Games adventure. Nearly all of the districts are at some stage of rebellion against the Capitol. Katniss’s partner in both previous games, Peeta, is held captive. The story revolves around  the rebels trying to launch a propaganda campaign against President Snow, by operating in an underground bunker, where the rules are so strict that the people are tortured simply for stealing bread.

Although the rebellion is well under way, Katniss is in shock. Having endured two of the Hunger Games, she is traumatized by her experiences. For Katniss, there are many unanswered questions that she must face, now that she has the time to consider them.

By her side is Gale, her childhood friend with whom she hunted as a girl. Held captive in the Capitol is Peeta, who fought with her in two Hunger Games and who loves Katniss unconditionally. Both of them fight for her affections, but she is confused and can’t decide between the two of them.

Who wins in the end- The rebels or the Capitol? Was Katniss able to take her revenge on the cruel President Snow? Do all her loved ones survive? How will this war affect her? To find out all these answers, read the book.

This book is definitely darker and more violent than the other books in the trilogy, but not necessarily bad for all readers. You are able to melt in with character and experience what he or she is feeling. Collins has powerfully targeted the painful side of war; how it’s unfair and how people who are loved die all the time. Her storytellying is unique, with twists and turns in every part of the story.

However, I think Katniss’ character wasn’t as relatable to me as it was before. She becomes less likable in this book and I don’t like all the choices that she made. But she still has that aura and fire of strength and endurance which, in my opinion are the qualities that make everyone respect her decisions.

I recommend this book to readers who can deal with strong, serious and stressful plots. Mockingjay is a thriller and science-fiction. It is an adventurous book and I loved it.  I rate it 8/10.

Reviewed Kalyani Santhosh

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