Mockingjay (Hunger Games Series #3)

Mockingjay (Hunger Games Series #3) - Suzanne  Collins Katniss has been rescued by the rebels and she is on her way to the now infamous District 13. She has arrived with several other winners of the games, but unfortunately because they were separated, Peeta has been left behind. Katniss learns that her role in the rebellion is to be the Mockingjay - the symbol of the rebellion. She is initially reluctant to take on this role until she is offered the opportunity to kill President Snow.Though her heart is willing, they quickly realise that Katniss is not good at creating canned propaganda for the masses, and so she is forced to go to the front to take live action shots. Once there, she visits a hospital containing non combatants and learns first hand that the people do in fact see her as a hero. They strain to touch her, or even just catch a glimpse of her as she makes her rounds.Through it all, Katniss must figure out whether or not just destined to be with Gale, her childhood friend who has come to take on the attitude that to win a revolution, one must think like the enemy, and Peeta, who has had his memories of her stripped and now believes that she is an enemy agent. If that were not enough Coin, the leader of District 13 does not feel that she has Katniss’ support and has determined that Katniss has served her purpose and can now be eliminated.The overriding theme in this book is the cost of a revolution. There can be no doubt that the conditions under the capitol rule were absolutely atrocious; however, in their desire to over throw the capitol, few gave active thought to the kind of government that would replace capitol rule. This is something we see time and again with revolution and also something that is so rarely examined. How many books or films end with the revolution winning as if that’s the end of the story? What comes next? How does it happen? A peaceful, just government doesn’t just happen and revolution alone doesn’t guarantee that the new regime will be any more palatable than the old. It’s extremely rare and very encouraging to see this portrayed here - when there are countless examples in our own history of revolutions that replaced the old regime with one that was near as bad - and sometimes worse. In this book we perfectly saw this example - a power hunger revolutionary leader using whatever means necessary to claim power and, in the end, she was indistinguishable from the regime she was replacing.This descent was sealed by President Coin pushing for 1 last Hunger Game - only this time it would be the Capital’s children being murdered. The oppression is the same, only the victims were different - here’s the new boss, same as the old boss.Read More