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Mockingjay

This is a review of “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins. It is the third and final novel in The Hunger Games Trilogy. It follows on from “Catching Fire“.

Katniss Everdeen is back. And she is the Mockingjay. A symbol of hope for the people of the districts. The rebellion is in full swing, The Capitol is at war with the districts. After surviving her second Hunger Games, Katniss feels anything but brave. She does not want to be the symbolic Mockingjay. Peeta was not rescued alongside her from the arena, and without him Katniss is despairing.

With the help of Gale, Katniss slowly comes around. She realises the power she holds as the Mockingjay. Power that will help her to bargain for what she wants. And what she wants is Peeta’s safety, if and when he is recovered from The Capitol. The other rebels believe Peeta to be a traitor, as he has appeared on television asking for a ceasefire on behalf of President Snow.

Peeta is retrieved. But he is not the same. He is deeply changed and at times delusional. He has been tortured and coerced and has immense difficulty distinguishing “real” from “not real”. And he hates Katniss.

Can Katniss get the real Peeta back? Can the rebels defeat President Snow without too many losses? Who can Katniss trust? And who will she choose when it’s all over? Peeta or Gale?

My thoughts:
CAUTION: the following may contain spoilers. Do not read if you have not read the book and wish to read it in the future.

It was too dark. I mean the concept of The Hunger Games is pretty bleak, but at least the first two novels were really fast paced and held hope. Katniss is very depressing in this novel-and I know that’s realistic- but it didn’t make for uber exciting reading. I flew through the first two novels, but this novel was a bit hard to stick with. Too many people died! And favourite characters too. In saying that, I liked who she finally chose (though many didn’t) and I thought she made the best decision.

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Catching Fire

This is a review of “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins. It is the second novel in The Hunger Games Trilogy. It follows on from “The Hunger Games“.

Katniss Everdeen has survived The Hunger Games. Peeta Mellark has survived too. The Capitol, and in particular President Snow, are extremely unhappy about this. There is only ever meant to be one victor. But when Katniss and Peeta showed they were willing to kill themselves over killing each other, they were quickly pulled from the arena.

Katniss only wanted to save Peeta, but their actions in the arena have been construed by many to be an act of rebellion. President Snow threatens Katniss. He warns her that if she cannot convince everyone that her actions were only those of a lovesick girl, he will execute everyone she cares for. Her family and her best friend Gale.

So Katniss heads out with Peeta on their Victor’s Tour of the twelve remaining districts and the Capitol. Unwittingly, they inspire the people of the districts to show their unrest. The very opposite of what President Snow wanted them to do. And to add even more pressure, the next Hunger Games is approaching, and Katniss and Peeta will be expected to be mentors for this year’s tributes.

But a very special Hunger Games is to be held this year. It is the 75th Hunger Games, and a Quarter Quell. Every 25 years The Hunger Games gets an added twist. And this twist is Katniss’ worst nightmare.

Can Katniss keep herself and her loved ones alive? Will President Snow back off? And what is happening in this year’s Hunger Games?

I really enjoyed this book. It was a brilliant sequel, and just as fast-paced and action packed as the first novel in this series.

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The Hunger Games

This is a review of “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. It is the first novel in The Hunger Games Trilogy.

It is many years into the future. The world as we know it no longer exists. Instead there’s Panem and The Districts. There are 12 Districts. There used to be 13, but after a violent rebellion, the 13th District was destroyed. Every year, The Hunger Games are staged to remind the people that rebellion is futile and any such course of action will be severely punished.

Each year, youths aged 12 to 18 must face The Hunger Games. The name of a girl and a boy must be drawn from each of the twelve districts, and they must all compete against one another. It is the ultimate fight to the death. The last one standing is the winner. The Hunger Games are televised for the entertainment of Panem and as a bleak reminder of their powerlessness for The Districts.

Katniss Everdeen is resourceful. She hunts to feed her family (even though the practice of hunting is highly illegal) and is the sole breadwinner for her family. So when her 12 year old sister is called to compete in The Hunger Games, she steps up to take her place. It is a horrible moment when the male contestant is chosen, and he is someone she feels immense gratitude toward. For to win the games and return to her family, eventually she will have to kill him too.

Can Katniss survive The Hunger Games?

A comment on society and the direction in which we are headed, this suspenseful and highly entertaining novel gives the reader plenty to think about. Aimed at adolescents, this book is still relevant and entertaining for adults. I loved this book. I could not put it down and immediately went out to buy the next two novels in the trilogy. Fans of John Marsden’s “Tomorrow When The War Began” will enjoy this book. Look out for The Hunger Games film that comes out this March.

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