My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans – except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. she must become the rebels’ Mockingjay – no matter what the personal cost.
Not going to lie… I started reading this immediately yesterday after I had finished writing my first draft of my lame review of Catching Fire. Ever since… my stomach was in knots and I would find myself thinking, “I just need to read one more chapter.” Well eventually that lead to me reading over 250 pages within hours. I even had to drug myself with sleep aids to even try to get any sleep because I was so restless in the need to finish reading what happens to Katniss Everdeen. Even then, I kept reading up until the point where my eyelids could no longer stay open. As soon as I woke up this morning, the first thing I normally do is use the restroom and make my breakfast. Instead, I opened the book and read until I had to empty my bladder and I could no longer handle the hunger pains of my stomach.
[even my best friend had to make fun of me for how much I had read since I had just texted her about writing the blog post for Catching Fire]
I even tried to distract myself with eating breakfast and watching the summer season premiere of Pretty Little Liars… only to find myself glancing towards the book that lay on the desk in front of me. Yes, I have a weakness. I don’t know if you can tell… but I fell in the love with book. It took this moment… this book, to finally understand that I wasn’t disappointed in the series… I was just waiting for the moment to where I can finally tell myself I loved it.
“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”
Katniss is in the hands of District 13 while Peeta is captured and taken prisoner in the Capitol. District 13 uses Katniss as the face of the rebellion and President Snow uses Peeta to completely unhinge Katniss. I think I have underestimated Katniss’s character, kind of like she does herself. And was even thrown for a loop with Peeta about half way through the book. I think it was obvious these characters were made for each other because they are complete opposites. Even though I started to hate Peeta at some point, but I knew it that he would always be the boy who loved the girl that he saved from hunger.
“You’re still trying to protect me. Real or not real,” he whispers.
“Real,” I answer. “Because that’s what you and I do, protect each other.”
I think at some point, I had expected more from Gale. The best friend, the confidant, the man whom she thought she couldn’t live without. So to say he was a little disappointing is putting it nicely, but who can compete with Peeta who has on many levels saved Katniss over and over again. Told her he loved her and didn’t ever waver from that notion. Well… until they hijacked his memories that is. I think you can tell that I was more involved in the love between Peeta and Katniss than anything else. That usually seems to be the case with a lot of books that I read. It’s probably because she was so clueless about what she felt that she didn’t realize all these things that she did for him were out of love.
The frustrations of never knowing who to trust in the book was kind of funny. Just when I was thinking one thing, it’s spun a different way. I really liked the plot of this book, but I was somewhat thrown when Finnick became “unstable.” I don’t think I remember the point where he became that way… maybe it was bypassed. [shrugs] This book finally had me emotionally invested in everything that was going on. I was pleasantly surprised. But somewhat bummed out that it took the last book to kind of change my mind on how I felt about the series as a whole. I was also kind of hoping that the epilogue would have been just a tad bit longer, but I’ll take what I can get because I was happy about the ending.
Now I’m on the search for another book series to start reading. Any suggestions?!