I never actually reviewed Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay here, although I reviewed the earlier books in the trilogy, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. At the time I read it, I had flown home, and left the book for my nephews.
So, here's a quick summary of the final volume in the best young adult series I've read in years. In a future North American, Katniss Everdeen and a friend from District 12, Peeta Melerk, have twice survived the Hunger Games, a televised competition that pits young people from each district against each other. However, each time Katniss survived, she found herself at odds with the people in power in the capitol, while she was viewed as heroine by the people in the districts in the country of Panem. Now, in Mockingjay, Katniss must decide if she'll accept the responsibility of becoming the symbol of the rebellion, a rebellion that will change the course of Panem.
When I turned this book over to my nephews, I left it with young men who were seventeen and twenty-five. And, they each had friends who wanted to read it. Collins' series, as I said earlier, is one of the most riveting, original series I've read in years. I know other adults who have read and loved it. But, I also know this series was popular with young men who like to read exciting fantasy books. You might want to consider this series as a last minute gift.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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