Spoiler Alert!

It’s too soon for a review, right? It’s probably too soon. I can’t help it. I have to talk about Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. If you haven’t read it and plan on reading it, this is your spoiler alert. If you’re on the fence, or if you’re thinking, “What’s a mockingjay?” check out the review below the big, pretty picture:

Still reading? Can’t say I didn’t warn you. In this last installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, we find Katniss recovering in District 13, Peeta has been captured by the Capitol, and District 12 is gone. The rebels are preparing for full-out war, and they need Katniss to be the Mockingjay, the face of the revolution, when she can barely stand, much less be a leader. The rebels find they have the same problem the Capitol had during the Hunger Games: Katniss can’t be controlled. She doesn’t want to be just the face on the television. Her first priority is saving Peeta. Her second priority: killing President Snow. Katniss gets her chance to enter the war zone that the Capitol has become, but she finds that everything isn’t as it seems, and she can’t trust even her allies. There are moments in the book where you can feel the pain and sadness Katniss goes through, and I’ll admit it: I outright cried toward the end, it was so tragic. Collins wraps everything up in the end, but don’t imagine it’s a happy ending. If there were ever a character with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Katniss would be it. Now, I realize that all sounds depressing, but if you’re hungry for more Hunger Games (see what I did there?), this is it.

– Heather Botelho, South Branch Library

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