My name is Everdeen.
For what reason am I not dead?
I should have died.
The girl on fire, Katniss Everdeen, has survived, even though her home was destroyed. Gale escaped. The family in Katniss is safe. The capitol has captured Peeta. There really does exist District 13. Rebels are in there.... New leaders are in the making. A revolution unfolds.
It is by design that Katniss has been rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell and it is by design that she has been part of the revolution for a long time without knowing it. District 13 has emerged from the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. It seems everybody has had a hand in the carefully laid plans - except for Katniss.
The rebellion's success depends on Katniss' willingness to be a pawn, accept responsibility for countless lives, and shift the course of Panem's future. She needs to put aside her feelings of anger and distrust for doing this. She has to become the Mockingjay rebels - no matter what the personal cost.
Yes, I whisper. The red blinking light on one of the cameras catches my eye. I know I’m being recorded. Yes, I say more forcefully. Everyone is drawing away from me—Gale, Cressida, the insects—giving me the stage. But I stay focused on the red light. I want to tell the rebels that I am alive. That I’m right here in District Eight, where the Capitol has just bombed a hospital full of unarmed men, women, and children. There will be no survivors. The shock I’ve been feeling begins to give way to fury. I want to tell people that if you think for one second the Capitol will treat us fairly if there’s a cease-fire, you’re deluding yourself. Because you know who they are and what they do. My hands go out automatically, as if to indicate the whole horror around me. This is what they do! And we must fight back! I’m moving in toward the camera now, carried forward by my rage. President Snow says he’s sending us a message? Well, I have one for him. You can torture us and bomb us and burn our districts to the ground, but do you see that? One of the cameras follows as I point to the planes burning on the roof of the warehouse across from us. The Capitol seal on a wing glows clearly through the flames. Fire is catching! I am shouting now, determined that he will not miss a word. And if we burn, you burn with us!
Even though I don't ask, Plutarch gives me cheerful updates on the phone like "Good news, Katniss! I think we've almost got him convinced you're not a mutt!" Or "Today he was allowed to feed himself pudding!
Mockingjay gives the real feel of life within a war, where nothing is the same and you're haunted by the memories of two Hunger Games...This is the book that I had to force myself to take breaks from as the intensity and story completely captured me and I found it near impossible to continue with the rest of my life.
I would rate it a four on five. Not five, because the ending was quite disappointing; especially after so much build up and suspense. But, for Hunger Games fans, it's a must read, because as far as action books go, its pretty much flawless.