Revolutions are messy, being the symbol for one is worse.
The Hunger Games take place in a dytropian future in the remains of northern America in the nation of Panem (from the roman ‘bread & circuses’ – Panem et Circenses). It is a dictatorship where Capitol the city oppresses the surrounding Districts and forces them to send a tribute each year of two young people to fight in the Hunger Games. Katniss foiled the games by threatening to kill herself and her partner Peeta and that stirred the unrest into action.
Each book has increased the framework from two handfuls of kids in the first one to a full blown civil war in this one. Katniss struggles with becoming the symbol of the rebellion – The Mockingjay at the same time she struggles with issues that most teenagers do, multiplied by all the death and violence she has seen.
We start out in District 13 with the refugees from District 12 and Peeta a prisoner in Capitol. We then follow the rebellion and take part in the final battles. It is a very emotional ride and we see how war changes people in a profound way.
The things I take with me from Mockinjay are the vivid description of the dreary life in District 13 – a lesson in poverty and deprivation, the all so human love story between Katniss and her beloved – a lesson in loyalty, the assault on Capitol, and the desperate actions there are lessons in extreme circumstances and moral ambiguity that threatens insanity.
Mockingjay really get you thinking about war, what is justified in war and what war really brings. That definitely has bearing on today. This is not a book against war but a book that shows that even a justified war is ugly. The Hunger Games portrays growing up under extreme circumstances and taking extreme responsibility. The love story helped humanize the story for me.
The whole series has been a pleasure to listen to listen to and I recommend it to adults and young adults alike.
Series: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Science Fiction | Dystropia
Audiobook: 11h 10 min read by Carolyn McCormick
Publisher Scholastic Press 2010
Copy: Bought it myself from audible.com
Order from: Amazon US | UK | Audible US | UK
Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.