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The Hunger Games Part 3: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Pub.Scholastic Press, New York, 2010.

On my tour of New Zealand schools this year by far the greatest reaction and interest in any book has been The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Why? Because it is a brilliant idea that is very well told. Now we have the final part.

The gist of the plot is that the names of 24 kids aged between 12 and 18 years are drawn out of a ballot, one boy and one girl from each of 12 Districts that compose the country of Panem. They then take part in the Hunger Games, and the last one left alive is the winner.

The Games plus the control of food, are used by a repressive regime to subject the people.

The plot of the first two books The Hunger Games and Catching Fire was dominated by this idea but the drama was created by the fact that these games were shown live on Television to every home in the land. Every conversation, action and death is recorded.

In this third book there are no Hunger Games because Panem is at war with itself, a Civil War that was precipitated by the  Hunger games particularly the characters  Katniss and Peeta from District 12.

District 12 is destroyed and Panem is in ashes but Katniss who has become Mockingjay, the symbol of resistance against President Snow and his henchmen in Capitol City has been set up against her former partner Peeta. This generates the drama in this novel.

All Civil Wars are bitter, this one is no exception, but it is a modern war with modern technology and modern weapons, and  it is brilliantly described. The best war action since John Marsden’s Tomorrow when the war Began series. The action leading up to the end of the book will leave you spellbound.

Structured in three parts, “The Ashes”, “The Assault” and “The Assassin”, this book will keep you on edge till the end. You will not forget this in a hurry. And the final word, Suzanne Collins recognizes that it is never over “until you get the healing done”

This series has wide appeal from Intermediate through to Secondary students.

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