Mockingjay – the End to the Hunger Games Trilogy

Posted on by Shawn J. Glass

For someone who has followed The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – one would agree that Mockingjay is the perfect ender on the beautifully orchestrated and intelligent novel.

Packed with brutal violence and an edgy plot, Mockingjay succeeds in every level.

For the first two books—The Hunger Games and Catching Fire — one would have the arduous guess that Katniss would end up choosing one of the two remarkable men in her life: it is either Gale, her childhood friend or Peeta, the man who was with her to the Hunger Games in twofold. Along the way, she would take out the evil president and put the wicked Hunger Games to an end. How would she do it? No one knows. However, as a reader, one has to assume she would.

The final book is bigger than the expected love story. It is more than Peeta and Gale. With Mockingjay, Collins takes the reader in a different path, stripping you off the feelings faith and hope.

In the novel, Katniss concludes that she is just a “pawn” for the 13th District as she was for the colony. She also comes to understand that evil can still exist outside the territory as well.

Ever since the first two installments, it is assumed that the Hunger Games is a story of war and that to be a volunteer one still has to act like a pawn. As a pawn, the burden taken is excellent, and in the end, personal wars abrupt for each of the characters with each having the responsibility of doing the best that they can.

The characters in the final book make the trilogy more realistic. Katniss who brings about the success of the rebellion puts aside her feelings of anger and distrust, becoming the rebels’ Mockingjay at whatever cost.

This serial plot of her character in the series makes it more believable in a way that she already has given so much, which includes her life, right when she volunteered for Prim in the Hunger Games. Also, one can see her as she picks up the pieces of her life as she wonders where to go in the end until she makes the final choice.

To sum it up correctly, the whole concept of the last book is hope—the kind of hope one has to accept once you realize you already dead. And as soon you agree that the more you will be able to finish your mission as a soldier. A soldier without mercy, sympathy or regret.

However, one may ask himself, how can you live in that kind of society? For Katniss, she kept on going.

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