The Hunger Games, a post-apocalyptic series by Suzanne Collins, wraps up with it’s final book, “Mockingjay.”
In “The Hunger Games” we meet Katniss as she steps in for her younger sister and quickly captures our hearts and the hearts of her people. “In Catching Fire”, she has become a political symbol, a figure for rebels to look to as they rail against the capitol.
In the final installment, Katniss has survived two Hunger Games, lost her home and countless friends and loved ones and has accepted her fate as the symbol of rebellion against the Capitol. In this book she is out of the arena but is hit with the shocking realization that the games won’t be truly over until the Capitol is overturned. Out in the world Katniss faces not only the loss of friends and comrades, but of everything she has ever known.
The mood of this book is dark, desperate and at times hopeless. Those hoping for a happy ending for our heroine will face frustration as her feelings of despair threaten to overtake her, and at times, succeed. But hiding amidst those feelings are small rays of hope that the Capitol could possibly fall and Katniss could have some sort of life again.
This juxtaposition is what makes these books so unique. Through the darkness and frustrating losses, there are also small flashes of light that make their way through and allow Katniss and others to imagine a better life. Readers will not be disappointed with the finale of this “can’t put down” series.