‘Mockingjay’ by Suzanne Collins is the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy. This time around, the games that preoccupied the last two books have spilled out of the arena and escalated into a full-blown war. Katniss must take on the role of the Mockingjay and join the rebels in bringing down President Snow.
I really enjoyed this book. It did take me a while to get into, but when I did it was very hard to stop reading. The writing style is similar to the other books – more orientated towards younger readers. This does provide consistency but it can be a bit grating for older readers. Katniss’s pessimism and helplessness at the beginning of the book was also a little irritating. She had always been a character with a drive to survive and no time for weaknesses. I could understand this if more time was spent explaining it based on what she had gone through in the last two books, but instead what I got was that her mental instability was because of Peeta. This felt contradictory and a little out of line with what we had already learnt about her.
There were a number of shocking twists and turns once the action truly began. These were easily some of the best parts of the book, particularly seeing the characters’ reactions. Some of the twists were heart-breaking, and I am sure that those of you who have read the book will know the parts I mean. The conveyance of emotion was well done and it demonstrated quite well why Katniss does what she does later in the book.
I will say that the ending/epilogue was a bit odd. It felt slightly out of character, a little rushed and did not seem to fit with the rest of the story – particularly tone-wise. Despite this, I still found ‘Mockingjay’ to be a good read. It is great for switching off and tuning out the world.