Review: Mockingjay

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have enjoyed the “Hunger Games” trilogy much more than I expected to. In this final book, Katniss must come to terms with the way her image has become an inspiration to the rebels in the Districts. Her newfound fame doesn’t sit well with either her or Gale, and may be endangering Peeta’s life.

The best thing about the Hunger Games trilogy, and something that’s often overlooked, is its smart look at big questions that are broken down in the narrative. Who owns the image of rebellion that Katniss’s face has become? Who owns her body, which has been fussed over, painted and smoothed, maimed in the arena, and patched up numerous times during the trilogy? In a society like Panem’s that blurs the line between public and private life, in which remarkable technology and abject poverty exist side by side, what does it mean to be free?

There’s probably not much I can say about this book that you don’t already know, or that will convince you to read the trilogy if you haven’t yet. I think the Hunger Games trilogy is a fine addition to young adult fiction, and I look forward to recommending it to my daughter when she’s old enough.

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