Published by Scholastic Press on August 24th 2010
My name is Katniss Everdeen.Why am I not dead?I should be dead.
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.
I began reading the Hunger Games in December, I thought it was about time I read them and find out why everyone was going crazy over them. I have to say they did not disappointment. I could not put them down at all and ended up reading them in a couple days that is except for Mockingjay. I kept having to put the book down and leave it for days at time then come back to it.
After a couple breaks, I finally decided to sit down and finish it. I am so glad I did. It was definitely a roller coaster throughout the book. I also felt like Katniss was brought to life more throughout the book. She went through so much emotionally, physically and mentally that even though I often could not agree with her actions I understood that she was handling things the only way she knew how.
I knew once the way broke out, we would lose beloved characters, I attempted to prepare myself but it was still shocking to read some of the causalities. Some left me yelling WHY!? others I expected. The war was gruesome and I think the author brings a good point into play through Peeta, just how far are you willing to go for something you believe in? Just how many unnecessary deaths should occur before one side or the other side falls?
The ending although it was something I definitely was not expecting and left dumbfounded for a couple minutes because I was not expecting that to happen. However, I think it was good ending despite all the saddens and all the deaths.
I personally thought Katniss picked the right guy for her. It wasn’t so much that they had gone through similar things therefore they should be together because they can connect on that left. For me, Peeta brought out a different side of Katniss. Peeta despite everything saw the bigger picture where Katniss was often driven by anger and revenge while Peeta still had faith in humanity.
Overall, I have to give the book three out of five stars. It was a good ending to an amazing trilogy. I of course would have liked more happiness but I know with everything that happened in the trilogy it ended the way it was suppose to.