Mockingjay

SPOTLIGHT REVIEW BY AIDAN LYNCH

BY: SUZANNE COLLINS

455 pages

GO ON A JOURNEY WITH OUR HEROINE KATNISS TO FIND OUT IF SHE CAN SAVE PANEM

"May the odds be ever in your favor"

SUMMARY

Mockingjay is written in the first person from Katniss Everdeen's point of view . Katniss Everdeen has won the Hunger Games twice, but now there is a revolution is unfolding. Known as the girl on fire, she is protecting the districts of Panem from being overthrown by the Capital. Katniss, Gale, her family and other civilians have been taken to District 13, an area unknown to the rest of the country until now. Gale is Katniss' best friend and can't bare seeing him in pain. Primrose, Katniss' younger sister, was randomly picked to be the girl from District 12 in the 74th Annual Hunger Games; Katniss was devastated when that happened, so she volunteered as tribute (to take Primrose's place). Peeta was the male that was called up as tribute and won the Hunger Games with Katniss. District 12, (Katniss' home town) along with many of Katniss' memories were bombed and destroyed by President Snow's Army; now the people of Panem seek revenge. Peeta is being held in the Capital and is constantly being interviewed on live television about his opinion on the rebellion of Panem, and Katniss can't handle it because she is under so much pressure.

Theme + Relation to Personal Life

Panem suffers many deaths throughout the story. I think Suzanne Collins was trying to put through the message that war is bad and humanity should avoid it. In particular, the story shows how much of a difference one person can make. The theme connects to personal life because if I heard that many people were dying in a civil war of my country, I would be scared and devastated. In the book, I think that Katniss handled the war much better and calmer. Like all of us, Katniss underwent many struggles in this book. For example, she went under many periods of stress. It was for the same reason that she was under so much pressure from the districts. Sometimes I feel under pressure and that I relate to her emotions.