Suzanne Collins provides the third and final installment of the dystopian series, The Hunger Games, in Mockingjay. Katniss Everdeen has survived both the 24th and 25th Hunger Games, but she has also established herself as an enemy to the State, against the Capitol and tyrannical President Snow. Her wins have inspired rebellions across Panem Districts as she has become the symbol of freedom against the oppressive government. She is rescued from the arena and transported to the mysterious District 13, believed to be destroyed decades before. Discovering this houses the seat of the insurgency, she is convinced to become the literal face of freedom, the Mockingjay. Although she participates in inspirational media propaganda for the cause, she is a reluctant heroine as she is burdened by the emotional and moral costs of war and loyalty to her friends versus allies. Collins once again delivers powerful, complex, and relatable characters, with believable and realistic interactions and relationships. Her writing creates a vivid dystopian world, with a suspenseful and thrilling action story. I was captivated by Katniss’ story throughout the series and found this last novel a satisfying conclusion. I would highly recommend this novel, and series, to young adult, science fiction, dystopian and fantasy fans.
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