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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins marks the conclusion to her Hunger Games Trilogy, and with it, she keeps the reader on their toes by tackling issues that seem decidedly mature for young adult fiction.Through the eyes of the protagonist and narrator Katniss Everdeen, the author deftly probes the disparities between being heralded as a leader exalted as a figurehead and the common struggles of a human being – a teenaged girl with all the inherent insecurities and stubbornness that come with that designation. Katniss vacillates between the roles thrust upon her: those of savior, lover, caretaker. It is these moments of selfish indecision punctuated by exhibitions of true selflessness and heroism that make Katniss all the more real and accessible as she struggles to fit into the bleak and confusing new world which she had a hand in creating. The way her handlers deal with Katniss is full of clever commentary on propaganda and the nature of modern warfare, but there’s lots of action as well. Poison gas, mutated monsters, and a deadly obstacle course provide plenty of chaos for Katniss and her compatriots to maneuver through in their push to the capitol where their rebellion is destined to culminate. Collins delivers plot twists that are at turns unexpected, shocking, and heartbreaking, and she succeeds marvelously in bringing the story arc to a satisfying end.

See also:
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire

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