The dramatic conclusion to The Hunger Games Trilogy does not disappoint. District 12 has been destroyed; a thick layer of rubble, ash, and decaying bodies are left in its place. The Capitol has captured Peeta. The war has begun.
The few survivors (including Katniss, her mother, sister, and best friend Gale) of District 12 have become refugees, taken in by District 13. The stories are true- District 13 was not decimated in the first uprising as previously believed. The small community has been living literally underground since the Dark Days, 75 years earlier, free from capitol control. Slowly District 13 has regained its strength through strict, regimented practices fulfilling only the basic needs for survival.
Surprised by the militaristic nature of District 13 as well as their intended plan to use Katniss as propaganda against the government, Katniss very reluctantly becomes a symbol of hope for the cause, the Mockingjay. Thirsty for revenge against President Snow, and well acquainted with violence, Katniss joins the fight. But what exactly is she fighting for?
Is this a political grab for the President of District 13? Is Katniss aiding in a shift from one militaristic dictatorship to another, or will she help build a republic? How will the war end? Where will that leave Katniss: will she even survive to make her choice between Gale and Peeta?Mockingjay transports the readers from the proverbial arena and throws Katniss into an adult world where alliances and loyalties are as much manipulative, but twenty-times as deadly as her former child-on-child murder set-up. Katniss will have to learn to trust herself when the world around her is anything but trustworthy. She'll have to decided for herself what is real and was is not real. The pawn has an imperative role in the game of War.