Summary: Katniss accepts her new position as the rebel in District 13. Her and a few others were taken from the Quarter Quell. The Quarter Quell is from Catching Fire. However, Peeta was not one of these who were extracted. He is still missing and in close watch under the Capitol’s eyes. Each day, Katniss still feels as if President Snow haunts her. After much torment, she chooses to accept the role as Mockingjay for the rebel side. By accepting this role, she is granted immunity for her friends and authorization to personally end President Snow’s life. Beetee, another Game victor, works with Katniss closely. She trains Katniss to become a special weapon. As the role of Mockingjay, Katniss is featured in commercials representing the rebel side. These clips are called propos. In a propo, she teams up with her dear friend Gale. They are sent to District two. During their time in District two, they visit a hospital that ends up getting destroyed. By speaking with the injured, and then seeing the hospital being demolished, encourages Katniss to fight for justice. The rebels begin to gain strength after her decision. This is also stimulated by the coded message Peeta sent out to warn the rebels. After Peeta sent out this message, the Capitol releases footage of Peeta being tortured.
Why I picked it up: I watched the movie, “The Hunger Games,” and I loved it, so I decided to read the sequel for it.
Why I kept reading it: Once you pick this book up, you won’t be able to put it down.
Who would I give it to next: Anybody who watched or read The Hunger Games will love this book.
Reviewed by: Nihal S.
Summary: This book Catching Fire is a second book of Hunger Game. With the all odds Katniss faced, she has won the Hunger Game with Peter Mellark and returns to District 12 with him. On the day of Victory Tour, President Snow visits Katniss and tells her he is angry because she was breaking the rule of hunger game at the end and showed the rebellion against the Capital. Later President Snow announces that for 75th anniversary Hunger Game, previous victors are forced to compete each other and Katniss and Peter faces into many difficulties.
Why I picked it up: I read the first book “Hunger Game” and I wanted to know what happens to Katniss and Peter after the game.
Why I kept reading it: I kept reading this book because I liked how the story goes on.
Who would I give it to next: My friends or people who likes to read adventures and actions.
Reviewed by Aiko K.
Summary: The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, teenage heroine Katniss Everdeen embarks on one last adventure. Picking up from where the previous sequel ended, Katniss sets out, along with the other rebels, to destroy the Capitol. Her journey consists of tragedy and peril, but was an experience in which Katniss greatly matured.
Why I picked it up: The last two novels were absolutely amazing and captivating. I had to find out what happened to Katniss and if the rebels would defeat the Capitol. Of course, once I picked it up, it didn’t leave my hands until I had read the very last page.
Why I kept reading it: Suzanne Collins’ style of writing, as seen in all three of her novels, is to end a chapter with a phrase that pretty much forces you to continue reading. It definitely worked. She is a master of suspense. Also, since this was the third book, I wasn’t still deliberating whether or not I liked these characters. I was already very much attached to all of them, and I desperately wanted to know what would happen to them. Stylistic-wise, Collins isn’t very fantastic in using symbols or metaphors or some other literary effect aside from keeping the reader hooked. What she is good at, is creating these characters that feel so real in our minds that they stay there. We forget that she’s talking about a fictional future in her novels, because her characters are so full of life. Most importantly, they reflect real people because they are constantly making mistakes, allowing the reader to identify with them. This was a great novel to read when I was stressed, because it just whisked me away to another world where the characters are suffering far worse than having to write an essay. The ending, I did not particularly like, because it seemed a very dull finale after everything, but I understand that Collins was trying to maintain a realistic plot. Overall, Mockingjay was a very emotional novel for those who read the previous two books, and even though Collins isn’t the best writer and even though the ending was a bit disappointing, I still very much admire her for creating a fictional world with fictional characters that do not seem fictional at all.
Who I would give it to next: After I read it, I gave it to my younger sister. She LOVED it.
Reviewed by Tiffany C.