This is the exiting and captivating sequel to The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. It is just as good as the 2 previous books – holding suspense and action on every page. I had no chance of putting it down and read it from page 1 to the end in just 1 day. I can understand that reading 1 and 1 and waiting a long time for the next book is unfulfilling because only the third book concludes a story which can be confusing. However reading them all in 4 days is awesome, thrilling and a fantastic escape into a fantasy universe !
I absolutely love these series and totally recommend it to everyone interested in young adult, fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi books!
(Disclaimer: This text comes from wikipedia with some alterations of my own)
After her rescue by the rebels of District 13, Katniss is convinced to become “the Mockingjay”: the symbol of the rebellion against the ruling Capitol. As part of a deal, she demands that the leader of District 13, President Coin, grant immunity to all of the victors of the Hunger Games. She also demands the right to kill President Snow, the leader of the Capitol, herself.
In a daring rescue, Peeta and others previously captured are rescued from the Capitol. However, Peeta has been brainwashed into believing Katniss is the enemy and tries to strangle her upon their reunion in District 13.
The rebels, including Katniss, take control of the districts and finally begin an assault on the Capitol itself. However, an assault on a “safe” Capitol neighborhood goes wrong, and Katniss and her team flee further into the Capitol with the intent of finding and killing President Snow. Many members of Katniss’ team are killed, including Finnick Odair. Eventually, Katniss finds herself pressing on alone towards Snow’s mansion, which has supposedly been opened to shelter Capitol children (but is actually intended to provide human shields for Snow). Afterwards, bombs placed in supply packages kill many of these children and a rebel medical team, including Katniss’ sister, Prim. Prim’s death scars Katniss to the point of mental instability.
President Snow is tried and found guilty, but he tells Katniss that the final assault that killed Prim was ordered by President Coin, not the Capitol. Katniss realizes that if this is true, the bombing may have been the result of a plan originally developed by her friend, Gale. Katniss realizes that she will never be able to look at Gale the same way, regardless of whether or not he was directly involved in Prim’s death. Katniss remembers a conversation with Snow in which they agreed not to lie to each other. When she is supposed to execute Snow, she realizes that he was telling the truth and kills Coin instead.
A riot ensues and Snow is found dead, having possibly choked on his own blood or been trampled in the crowd. Katniss then tries to commit suicide by swallowing the pill that was sewn onto her suit in case she was captured by the Capitol during one of her missions, but Peeta does not allow her to do it. Katniss is acquitted due to her apparent insanity and returns to her home in District 12, along with others who are attempting to rebuild it.
Peeta returns months after as well, having largely recovered from his brainwashing. Finally, Katniss surmises that falling in love with Peeta was inevitable, as he had always represented to her the promise of a better future, rather than the destruction she now associates with Gale.
She says that she does not need Gale’s fire, as she already has enough fire herself; she needs Peeta, who symbolizes the hope she needs to survive. Together with Haymitch they create a book filled with their memories of the Hunger Games, the terrors of their experienses, their memories of the previous tributes and others who died in the war so that they will not be forgotten, but also to work through their nightmares, memories and hope to process all that has happened to them.
In the epilogue, Katniss speaks as an adult, more than fifteen years later. She and Peeta are married and have two children. The Hunger Games are over, but she dreads the day her children learn the details of their parents’ involvement in both the Games and the war. When she feels distressed, Katniss plays a comforting but repetitive “game,” reminding herself of every good thing that she has ever seen someone do. The series ends with the sentence, “But there are much worse games to play.”