Sunday, November 25, 2012
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
In this 3rd book, our protagonist Katniss Everdeen has been captured by the rebels as District 13 mounts a rebellion against the Capitol. They had been planning it from the start of the Games in the 2nd book.
In this book, she is torn between the love of the two loves of her life. This love story captivates as the typical love triangle involves two girls and a guy whereas this is between two guys and a girl. Awesome! Peeta, her faithful partner throughout the Games was unable to escape together with Katniss and has been at the mercy of the Capitol as they attempt to get answers out of him via torture.
Nonetheless, he remains loyal to Katniss and even gives her a premature warning before a massive Capitol strikes occurs, allowing them to save the lives of the people of the entire District.
Katniss feels trapped in this last book as she feels less like a Mockingjay, a symbol of the rebellion, and more like a tool being manipulated by her captors. Yet if she does nothing, people will suffer. So she is presented with this very real dilemma, to fake it, or to do nothing.
Eventually she takes up the role of the Mockingjay. But she does it in a way no one quite expected and it fits her to a T. The middle part of the book chronicles her adventures and is action packed. I love it! Sadly, many characters you'd have grown to love in the 2nd book die as the author kills them off one by one in the various battles. But like a chess grandmaster would say, sometimes you need to sacrifice in order to progress.
There was a twist at right the end of the story as to who the ultimate victor and I'll keep it a secret. But I must say I love happy endings!