Author: Suzanne Collins
Publication Information: Scholastic Press. 2010. 390 pages.
Book Source: After reading The Hunger Games, I could not wait to read the other two books in the trilogy.
Favorite Quote: "Better not to give in to it. It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart."
Mockingjay is the third book in the much talked about trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It continues where Catching Fire leaves off. Katniss has been rescued from the arena and wakes up to find herself in the middle of a revolution. Katniss's home, District 12, has been destroyed. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 - the district everyone thought had been destroyed years ago - is leading a revolution against the Capitol. And Katniss is to be the voice and the face of the revolution.
This book is the darkest of the three. It is a story of war and the devastation that war brings. A power struggle among a few that destroys the masses. The topic makes it the most "real" book of the three also. The destruction and horror of war exists whether you put it in the past, the present, or a futuristic world as this one.
I stayed up all night to read this book as well. Three nights, three books. I supposed I wanted a happy ending and for the good guys to all win. What I got was a much more realistic and powerful ending. Do the good guys win? In a way. Do the good guy lose? In a way. Not just that, but the book also keeps you guessing throughout who all the good guys really are. Perhaps, there is no black and white. Perhaps it's all shades of grey. Regardless, war leaves scars on all that can never ever be erased. That is the message this book leaves me with.