This was, without a doubt, the most anticipated book of the year for myself and many people I know. The fact that the author didn’t want ARCs [Advance Reader Copies] released for this book drove many fans and reviewers crazy, but the book was definitely worth the wait. And I am sure a lot of fans will agree — this was a perfect book to grab at the midnight release and read until the sun came up!
When Katniss and Peeta used a handful of poisonous berries to force the gamemakers to award them both “victor” status during the 74th Annual Hunger Games, the Capitol was furious. Intentional or not, this act of outright disobedience helped to fuel the rebellion against the Capitol. During the mandatory victory tour of the districts, Katniss and Peeta were forced (by President Snow) to play up their actions as the desperate actions of young lovers, rather than mere disobedience, but it didn’t stop or slow the rebellion. In an attempt to regain control over all of the districts, the gamekeepers decided to use the 75th Annual Hunger Games to reassert their authority. Every 25 years they do something extra special for the games — in the form of a Quarter Quell — and the gamekeepers decided that the special twist this time would be to select the tributes from the pool of existing victors from each district. Since Katniss was the only female victor from District 12, she was guaranteed to go back. President Snow’s hopes of seeing Katniss killed in the games were dashed, however, when the tributes started working together to escape the arena and members of the rebellion rescued Katniss. And then readers had to wait for book three…
Book 3 begins with Katniss [and all the other survivors from District 12] now living in District 13. Katniss has insisted that she be taken back to survey the massive damage in District 12, and the members of the rebellion placate her because they are trying to convince her to become the Mockingjay. By this time, it is easy to see that Katniss has all the necessary motivation — the Capitol has tried to kill her more than once, the lives of everyone she cares about are in danger, and her home district has been destroyed — so it comes as no surprise that Katniss agrees. There is plenty of suspense, nevertheless, as we follow the war between the rebels and the Capitol. One of the most interesting parts of the story, in my opinion, was the continuation of the Gale-Katniss-Peeta love triangle. Though Gale and Katniss were able to spend more time together in District 13, Katniss felt very guilty about allowing herself any happiness while Peeta was still a prisoner of the Capitol.
So many questions have to be answered in this final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy… Can the Mockingjay help herself while she helps the rebel cause? Will the “catching fire” of the rebels finally beat out the Capitol or be forever extinguished? Whom will Katniss choose in the end, Gale or Peeta? And will this war finally put an end to all wars or merely endanger the continuation human race? You will NOT want to miss this amazing conclusion!