This is the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and really the weakest, yet most violent of the three. Most likely, there are plans to make a movie from this volume, but it will be very lucky to get anything lower than a PG-13 rating. We have met with the players of this speculative future dram in The Hunger Games and followed their trials a tribulation from there first games to the Quarter Quell in Catching Fire, where they bring back the survivors of the older games from the past seventy-five years. Some of these players are in their prime, and some are way past it. But those games are over now, and we are following the chronicle of Katniss Everdeen as she and her family becomes citizens of the strictly-coded underground living of what was once thought to be lost, District 13, run by a severe woman, President Coin.
Katniss is now the Mockingjay, a symbol for the many people in the outlying districts that are rebelling against the Capitol. Katniss’ one objective in taking down the Capitol is to execute the man whom runs everything, President Snow, and brought her to this new chapter in her short life so far. She still deals with her triangle between Gale and Peeta, although Peeta had been taken captive by the Capitol and has been reprogrammed to destroy them. Also, her new friends and allies from the Quarter Quell are using their talents to help with the downfall of the Capitol. We get a good feel of what it is like to be living as a citizen of District 13, although, Katniss is a bit more privileged than other that live there due to her status as being the Mockingjay, the symbol of the rebellion against the capitol.
The whole of the series is very Greco-Roman, based on the telling of classical legends and traditions, with an updated manner, and using very strong technology. Some of these characters have talent for manipulating that tech to their will such as the District 3 innovator, Beetee, and even Haymitch used his wits to outsmart it in his first Hunger Games. Also, everything is recorded, and even that is manipulated from either end of the war for propaganda, from the bombing of the rebelling districts to the destruction of the Capitol City itself as the Peacekeepers hunt down the rebels once they find their way into the home turf. The Capitol’s forces destroy everyone in their path in their hunt for the rebels, and use their mutt-beasts to hunt them down. Some of our favourite characters are lost to these viscous beasts, and this all leads up to a climax that is going to really upset readers, and you won’t know whether to cry, scream, or growl when it happens. This reader said, “Oh Hell, no!” then growled in anger. Ms. Collins kept us guessing up to the end with Peeta’s mixed role in this story, and I have to say, I’m glad it’s over. That is, until these volumes hit the big screen, and we’ll get to live it all over again.