Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
The Elliott Review:
This book was not what I expected at all. I'm not really sure what I was expecting. What I found, though, was a book full of a lot of symbolic depth with a lot to say about what it means to be human, about sacrifice, about alliances, about loss, and about surviving.
The texture/format of the book felt drastically different from the first two. Where the first two were structured by the format of the Games, this one was - to me - very unstructured. In places, this frustrated me because my mind had no clear path to understand what was going on or to predict what would happen next. As I read on, however, I realized that this was either intentional or a by-product of the themes in the book. The whole point is showing the highly structured world of Panem and how it is literally reeling from the rebellion and existing in a state of utter chaos. Of course, there can't be the same format as before.
Not much can be said about the Peeta-Gale-Katniss love-triangle without ruining the surprise. By the middle of the book, I really stopped caring about the romance angle and just wanted to see what inner resolution Katniss was going to make and to see what a world without the icky-evil President Snow would be like. I did get to witness one of my favorite scenes - the girl of the love triangle listening in on a conversation between the objects of her affection. (Mwahaha!)
The end was so suspenseful, and I was shocked again and again. Let's just say that none of my predictions about the conflict between Panem and the rebels came to pass. The ending was more than I expected, and I really like the way Collins tied everything together. This is a work of genius.