Review: Mockingjay

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

In the middle of the brutal Quarter Quell, Katniss is rescued by a very well-planned scheme along with several other tributes. She should face the harsh reality: District 12, her home, is no more, though her family and Gale, her best friend, is survived. Peeta is captured by the Capitol. District 13 rumored to be destroyed is actually existing all this time, smartly hidden from the prying eyes of the Capitol and carefully plotting and planning a revolution to end the tyranny of President Snow. Without her knowing, Katniss is actually a part and has been the part of this revolution, and the success of the revolution depends on her willingness to be their mockingjay.

Can she put aside her anger and distrust and play the role assigned to her? Can she get her personal revenge on her sole enemy, President Snow? Is he actually the enemy? Will she change the future of the Panem for a better one or just initiate another tyranny?

I should say that whether the ending of the trilogy is happy or sad is a bit vague. On one hand, the heroine gets what she wants, so it can be said that the story reaches a happy ending. On the other hand, the heroine must bear quite ‘pricey’ personal cost. It’s so sad to know what she lost and even though time will heal her, it can’t stop you from wondering if everything she did is actually meaningless because she volunteers to be a tribute for one purpose only to lost that purpose in the end. It just seems so cruel considering what she should endure for the sake of that purpose.
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