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The Hunger Games – Mockingjay

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If you are a fan of “The Hunger Games”, you know how Katniss Everdeen struggled to survive the game twice, her initial motive being to save her sister from having to play the game.

But she never seems to be free of the game. Now, here comes the final battle, and a chance for Katniss to end it all.

In the final book of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, Katniss is chosen to be the Mockingjay – the symbol of the rebellion. It is a well thought-out plan; everyone she knows from the second game is aware of it except herself and Peeta.

Katniss soon finds herself, once again, in a life-and-death situation. As her home district was burned to the ground, the rebellion unfolded in District 13, and Peeta is imprisoned in the capital, the fire inside her burning even more strongly.

All she knows after that is that she has to save Peeta, and the only way to do that is to become the Mockingjay herself, fighting against the capital even if it means putting Peeta’s life at risk. Is President Snow the last person she needs to confront, or is there a conspiracy behind the rebellion? Will she finally manage to save Peeta or will there be another loss?   

Hats off to Collins for writing such a thought-provoking story. Of the three books in “The Hunger Games” series, “Mockingjay” is the one I would highly recommend everyone to read, since the book elaborates on what happens to Katniss during the war in Panem.

The part that I love the most in the book is when Katniss enters real combat in District 8 to shoot the propaganda. I could feel her real courage, her real anger, and the power of her speech: “Fire is catching! If we burn, you burn with us!” 

Those words feel so real. It is as if she has spoken from the deepest part of her, and they somehow reflect what a person can do once they are in the most unexpectedly difficult situation of their lives, and when being strong is the only choice they have to guarantee the survival of themselves and their loved ones.

Reviewed by Som Panha

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