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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
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Feb 19, 2012

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bookshelves: action, dystopia, romance, young-adult

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Katniss Everdeen survived the nightmarish Quarter Quell and finds herself absorbed into the rebel group of District 13. Her home in the Seam was burned to ash, along with ninety percent of its population. Gale survived. Katniss's mother and sister, Prim, escaped. Peeta was captured by the Capitol after the second Games came to an explosive close. And the spark of revolution in the districts has caught into a towering inferno of dissent.

Despite her fragile state, Katniss is called upon to lead the rebels as their symbolic Mockingjay. The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn in District 13's game, to accept responsibility for the countless lives lost, and to alter the future of Panem's governance. To do this, she must pledge herself to Alma Coin, the woman destined to become the new president of Panem, and rid herself of the anger that comes after leaning her life has been planned out since the first Hunger Games.

She must become the rebels' Mockingjay, no matter what the personal cost.

I definitely felt there was too much plot for one novel to handle—between Katniss's mental damage, the sinister agenda of District 13, and the offensive launched against President Snow and the Capitol, Mockingjay was bursting under the weight of its excess. Plot lines were condensed for the sake of forging one compact package as opposed to two well-balanced novels, and I could sense the narrative floundering therein. And also, the fact that Katniss kept getting knocked unconscious at the peak of each battle became quite frustrating—she's the girl on fire, not the girl on morphling.

Overall, a mixed reaction to the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, though I'm still glad to have the conclusion in place.

Ideal for: Readers who knocked off the first two books and need some resolution; Dystopian teens who like a quick read and who don't pull at loose threads; Folks who like convolutions and darkness in their teen romance novels.

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