After their unprecedented win in the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta have problems settling into their new lives in District 12 – and problems with the star-crossed lovers scenario that secured that win. But it is time for the mid-season greeting tour before announcing the special rules for the Quarter Quell – the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games. The president’s vendetta over their win makes sending them back to the arena even more cruel. But there are many forces gathering together, and this time the Games are a stage for even stranger alliances to make certain the couple survives in a game designed to kill everyone this time.
12. Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, 390 pages, Young Adult, Hardback, 2010 (The Hunger Games Series, Book 3).
The rebellion has begun, and Katniss Everdeen must decide her role in it, if she is truly to become the inspirational mockingjay to rally the rebels, and if that role is as a pawn or an active player. This is a hard book to summarize without giving away so much. I loved the series, and the finale wrapped things up in an acceptable way for the characters and their travails. It’s a wonderful book, even though it made me cry several times. I really love how Suzanne Collins writes; her world is believable and she expresses it easily in words. Her characters stay with me, as inspiration as to what the human spirit can do when it must.