So Mockingjay is the final book of The Hunger Games, and after Katniss was able to destroy the Capitol's dome of bloodbaths, she proved for the second time that the Capitol is vulnerable, has rules that can be broken at the twitch of a hand for the nightlock, and can be brought down by the rebels with just enough courage. And now Katniss, her family, Gale, and about eight-hundred fugitives from the Capitol who are the only survivors of District 12, are living in the District that supplies nuclear weapons; District 13. Now this is interesting. Years back, 13 promised not to use their weapons on the Capitol if they disappeared and didn't show themselves. That's how much of a supply of weapons 13 has, and the Capitol agreed. That's kind of like how Americans aren't allowed into Cuba, the Capitol being America of course. Katniss' new job is to now inspire more refugees from across the districts to fight back, by doing a supply of propo's, clips to inspire, show and grow. Maybe it's because I'd already seen Part 1 of the movie version when I read this, but I wish I was able to get more information on how the rebels were slowly taking over the districts again. There are only two problems: How will this end? The other problem is Peeta is the one who's saying it in front of all of Panem in the clutches of Snow.
District 13 is a very interesting place. Relatively tasteless food, daily schedules that Katniss never does, and trackers whenever you go outside. President Alma Coin is very strict, like, Cherub strict, but at least she's reasonable, though we see a darker side of her in the third act. It occasionally gets tedious, spending days in 13 with Katniss' thoughts and even weeks taking everything in, from last minute training to maybe a few propos too many, and throughout a lot of these books, especially this one, the book seems to rely on the cliffhangers they bring at the end of a chapter for you to keep reading, which don't get more action packed more than half the time. Still, I enjoyed the fact that in a way, Katniss and all the characters we've grown to are in custody of people on their side and they can sleep. I think one of my favourite parts was in District 2, when Katniss and Gale were arguing about taking a chance with an ambush strategy at a plant so big they nicknamed it "The Nut." How Katniss doesn't want to resort to being like Snow while Gale wants to give them all a taste, no luxury that the friendly rebels could or should provide. And it was hard for me to pick a side. In a situation like that where you care enough about the book to think about the matter for yourself, you're proving to yourself that you like it.
As for the ending battle, well, I liked how all of a sudden the characters were vulnerable, could die, and were thinking on their feet after a silly propo mistake. Still, I hope they do it differently in the movie. I also hope they do the conclusion a little differently. Katniss blacking out after an explosion and picking up on the situation afterward is the exact same trap that Marie Lu's Champion fell into, talking too much about relationship and then at the very very end not letting the protagonist participate in anything. Except this time, it's a little bit more forgivable because here, it was around a day's worth of recollecting rather than a few weeks. The ending also took me off guard after that. Spoiler alert: There's a surprise at the end, a discussion by Coin that I don't think anyone will ever see coming. In the end, I was imagining what would happen if the games continued under President Coin's ruling. Would there be just another uprising seventy-five years later? Katniss says, "I vote yes,", and she says why, but I still don't think she was being honest. I also wish that we could've seen Snow's capture and demise, something that I think and hope we'll see in the movie. But it still has a much better ending than Champion in terms of Katniss and Peeta, more heartwarming, more uplifting.
In the end, despite a curiously unwanted absence of Effie Trinket, this conclusion to The Hunger Games has the exact same problems as the last two, only less so this time, and the finale, though not flawless, is more macabre, progressive and glamorous.