Series: The Hunger Games, #3
Author: Suzanne Collins
Pages: 455 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 24, 2010
Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.
Katniss is out of the arena and done with the Hunger Games, but now she must still outsmart and bring down her toughest opponent: the Capitol. Unfortunately, she's so utterly broken, physically, mentally, and emotionally. She is a completely different person in this book. I was so nervous throughout the whole book, waiting for Katniss to just lose it completely. Everyone has their own Agenda for Katniss in this battle, but what about what she wants? Can she still keep her promise to keep Peeta alive? There's a lot of responsibility that has been dropped on her shoulders, and at first it looked like she was going to break under the pressure. And as the book moved forward I just kept anticipating the worse possible scenarios for her, and some came true.
For the most part, the first half of this didn't fully hold my attention. Everything seemed to just go in circles, and whenever some action would pick up, it would be interrupted by Katniss being sedated or otherwise being knocked unconscious. It made it difficult to stay in the story. I did loved the Peeta plot. I felt awful for him, and can't even imagine what he's been going through thanks to the Capitol. It made me root for team Mockingjay even more!
This ended up being my least favorite of the trilogy. I was really disappointed in how it all wrapped up. I couldn't believe that the fall of the Capitol happened while...Katniss was unconscious! All of this buildup, and then the main even happens off the page. I also would have liked to see more of Katniss and Peeta reestablishing their relationship, rather than them just ending up together after all of what they've been through. Overall this book was pretty good, but the ending was unsatisfying.