Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Katniss Everdeen has agreed to become the "Mockingjay" for the rebels against the Capitol, but she can not imagine what that will cost her. All that she loves or cares about is at stake, all of Panem is depending on her. If she fails, they all die. Failure is not an option, at any cost she must triumph.
This book is captivating,heart-rending, and finally triumphant. I could not put it down. Collins has done a masterful job on this series. There are no boring parts or parts that don't make sense. There is not a single page you will want to skip. She wrote it with a story to tell and a mission to accomplish. She is not fishing for ideas, she knows what she wants to portray and she does it.
I would reccomend that parents review this and decide if they think it is appropriate for their child. I personally recommend it for teens old enough to understand the reason for the story, the fight against all odds against tyranny. Without that backdrop, some kids will think it just a cool story with cool characters and a lot of fighting and stuff. And that misses the point entirely. Children do not need to learn to participate in the "Hunger Games" by pulling for their favorite characters and hoping for others to die. That is wrong,that is not what this story is for. As Haymitch told Katniss in the arena" Remember who the real enemy is". And the enemy is the Capitol in this story, the enemy is tyranny and cruelty.
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