Mockingjay is the third book in the adrenaline-pumping trilogy, The Hunger Games. If you read my review of Catching Fire, you know I was miffed at a heroine who didn’t seem to know her heart; so I began this final installment with only mild enthusiasm.
The Capitol is the ruthless government that has established the hunger games. In this book Katniss is appointed as (symbolic) leader of the people’s rebellion against President Snow and his “peacekeepers.” Katniss plans to kill Snow but because of a series of surprising twists, things don’t turn out quite as she imagined.
A few cliches made me wince: “If looks could kill,” “He had my back,” and a reference to someone going “ballistic.” And this book was more gruesome in places. But let’s face it, Collins is a compelling story teller.
One of the themes that interested me in all three books was Katniss’ self-loathing for having caused the deaths of so many people. She was also unable to accept acts of love and grace because they caused her to feel unhappily beholden to those who gave sacrificially to her. I was disappointed that these ideas were not dealt with more clearly in the resolution.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Carolyn McCormick who did an outstanding job.