Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) - Suzanne Collins
See this review and more on The Moonlight Library!Katniss’s final act of rebellion in the Quarter Quell Hunger Games in Catching Fire starts a revolution that she is fated to lead as the famous ‘Mockingjay’ – the symbol of the very rebellion she tried so hard to avoid.Mockingjay was a very good book which I found hard to put down. Suffice to say, Katniss is fucking awesome in a warzone, even though she’s encouraged to use a bow among bombs and guns. The book runs much the way as the first two: the first half of the book is preparation and the second is the ‘Games’ part – although this time, like I said, it’s a warzone. Katniss is still televised (and she sucks at scripted lines) and the rebels are trying their hardest to get their message out while bringing down the Capitol.I personally felt that this book wasn’t as good as Catching Fire, but I really liked the warzone section. It reminded me a lot of Tomorrow, When The War Began because it’s no longer a ‘game’ – even though the Hunger Games have always been life-or-death. Katniss doesn’t change much as a character – she is already strong and kick-ass, but now she is dealing with post traumatic stress disorder, which didn’t seem to affect her much in Catching Fire. I feel that the many deaths were appropriate – they didn’t necessarily have a ‘reason’, but they are in a war zone – and tell me honestly, what death has a point in a war? There are going to be casualties and it may be your favourite character. Shit happens. In the end this is still a Hunger Games book, and it’s a fight to the death.I did not like the ending. I felt too many things were unresolved and it could have been fleshed out further to gain a more satisfying ending. I don’t feel this way simply because it is the last book of the trilogy, but I feel that too much at the end just ‘was’ without a proper explanation. I can’t say too much more without spoilers, but suffice to say that character motivations were not explained and we are just expected to accept out of character behaviour. OK. Overall, I still really enjoyed this book, and I can’t wait to re-read the whole trilogy and also see the last two books made into films.