Monday, February 28, 2011

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Katniss moves out of the realms of the Games and into the global arena where war is being fought to take control of Panem. She is chosen as the symbol of the revolution, though it is interesting that she does so rather begrudgingly and not all that passionately. Her motives are mostly her own, and she doesn't seem to care much about how the new Panem will be run, as long as Snow is not in charge, and her circle of friends and family are safe. But then, she is what, 19? 20? And are the majority of us really so different?

Katniss also gets hurt a lot, and spends a lot of time in hospital, so the action isn't as nonstop as the other two books. But I liked the ending, and I thought she ended up with who was right for her. These books tell a dark tale about an imperfect hero that is a clever allegory for today's issues. And there is enough hopefulness and sweetness that it is an unlifting, satisfying read.

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