Monday, December 26, 2011

Mockingjay: The Hunger Games Concludes

Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games trilogy conclude with Mockingjay, and I have to say I was impressed by this book's strength. Katniss is no linger a tough young girl trying to protect her little sister. She's a solider, fighting a war that has serious, continent-wide repercussions.

Mockingjay picks up right where Catching Fire left off. Katniss is plucked from the arena and deposited in District 13, where the rebels expect her to willingly embrace her role as the symbol of the revolution. Katniss isn't going to go along with the plan unless she secures the safety of her loved ones, including Peeta - who is trapped in the Capitol.

I won't write anymore about the plot. I will say that it was a satisfying conclusion to a gripping trilogy. Collins isn't afraid to upend the reader's expectations - and not just about the love triangle storyline. With Mockingjay, Collins asks probing questions about society, power, and control. This is much more than child's play.

Discussion of part 1 and part 2

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