To start off, all of my favorite characters returned and had a chance to really show what they were made of. Not only did Katniss and Peeta have a chance to shine, but also Gale, Finnick, even Prim.
The plot was engaging and emotional- I had a hard time putting it down, but at times I just had to. It was so intense and just… wow. Every page was filled with a new plot twist and there was endless fighting, violence, death. Of course it’s war, so what do you expect? Suzanne Collins didn’t hold anything back. She described everything in vivid detail and the reader isn’t spared from imaging anything. The pain and suffering the characters have to endure tugged at my heart, and by the last few chapters I was holding my breathe, needing to know how everything would end.
There is still some hope and romance that shines through the fighting and darkness, but do not go into this book expecting to be smiling. I know a lot of people were disappointed with Mockingjay, but I have to say it is one of my all time favorite books and an intense, emotional, and gripping conclusion to the trilogy.
I didn’t go into too much detail above because I didn’t want to spoil anything, but if you’ve read the first two books in the series and haven’t read Mockingjay what are you waiting for? And if you haven’t started this series yet- you need to. It was fantastically written and will draw you in from the start- I’ve already gotten a bunch of people hooked on this series (including my parents).
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars