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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MockingJay (book 3) - Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plains--except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.

This ending caught me off guard slightly, but in a good way. The norm has become that if a heated love triangle should rise that either one person dies off, or there was always a singular lover that shined brighter than the other, yet the left out third wheel isn't forsaken, but given a brand new love of his/her life (usually his) to finish out their days with.

Five hearts once again to Suzanne Collins. She not only found a solid way to pick off everyone who needed to die, but also found a way around making that awkward choice of love with a simple yet believable solution, without killing off the potential lover! That is rare, and I loved every moment of it. She is also realistic in her decisions of who becomes a delusional nut-job and why which is quite hard to hit on the head properly.

Thanks for listening to my opinion!

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