From the author who first brought readers The Hunger Games, continued the story into the second novel Catching Fire, comes the final book in the trilogy. Fans will be delighted to get their hands on Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
The story wraps up the world first introduced to us as Panem, a world that came into existence after the fall of North America. If you remember the story, the evil Capitol has chosen to force a selected child to fight in their games all the way to death. When Prim is one of the kids selected to fight, her older sister Katniss Everdeen chooses to take her sister’s place in the games.
A late night page-turner, this closing novel delivers all the power and punch the first two books brought to readers. If you know the storyline, then you know your favorite characters who were made to fight in the beginning are back with their lives hanging in the balance. Katniss Everdeen, the much-loved protagonist, is back, a survivor of the deadly games. She still faces possible destruction at the hands of the Capitol.
As with her other novels in this series, Suzanne Collins knows how to deliver pacing with breakneck speed-so fast you have to hang on to your chair or else risk being swept head first into the world Katniss must deal with. Mockingjay isn’t simply a story about war but is also a story about the lengths we would go to in order to survive and how those lengths will ultimately always impact our future.
The loss of characters’ lives in this book hits close to home because Collins draws you into their lives, acquaints you with them and then leads you to grieve for them as if you’ve lost someone dear to you.
Though not a perfect protagonist by any stretch of the imagination, Collins continues her brilliant storytelling through the eyes of the character we all empathize with – Katniss. In the first part of the book, you’ll be alongside Katniss as she goes home to discover the destruction of her district.
In Mockingjay, through the character of Peeta, readers will come to understand how the fight for survival and the aftermath affects characters. Though the love triangle between Peeta, Katniss, and Gale continues, the gist of this book as the others before it does not rest solely on which boy Katniss will ultimately figure out holds her heart. But rather the focus is on how the characters do the best they can with the circumstances forced on them.
If you are homeschooler what a great way to compare and contrast the movie with the book. Grab both here. And if you want to see what I thought about the movies because Mockingjay was made into two movies you can read it here and here.