mockingjayAfter shooting the arrow into the force field during the Qaurter Quell (or the 75th Hunger Games), Katniss Everdeen is attempting to come to grips with what has happened to her and how that act of defiance has altered everything she knows.

One of the most shocking things for Katniss is where the rebels take her, as well as fellow tributes Finnich O’Dair and Beetee, after the arena: District 13. It was thought that District 13 had been destroyed 75 years ago during the first uprising against the Capitol. It turns out, District 13 moved underground after making a deal with the Capitol to stop a nuclear war from happening.

Katniss also has a hard time coming to terms with who the rebels managed to safe, and who they left behind. President Snow has Peeta, because the rebels saved her instead.

After agreeing to become the face of the rebellion, aka the Mockingjay, Katniss helps the rebels rouse the Districts to fight against the Capitol. She does a number of what Plutarch Havensbee (ex Head Gamemaker) calls Propos, which they air throughout the Districts and Capitol.

The rebels also break into the Capitol walls to steal Peeta, along with fellow victors who were also taken by the Capitol, and it’s found out that Peeta has been highjacked. Anytime he sees or hears about Katniss, he goes into a rage that results in him attempting to kill her.

Throughout the book, Katniss has one goal in mind: Kill President Snow. After training with fellow Tribute, Joahanna Mason, she gets chosen to go with other solider, including her friend Gale Hawthorne, to take down the Capitol. Eventually, during a training exercise gone wrong, the steps are put into motion that leads Katniss to the President’s mansion and the end of the war.

Honestly, Mockingjay is one of the most emotionally charged endings I’ve ever read. It was no wonder they cut the movie into two! (Not that I’m happy about it, but I understand it.) The losses that Katniss experiences are heartbreaking, but the freedom that she brings with the downfall of the corrupt government is a story worth telling.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the epilogue, even though it doesn’t give much away. It reveals that even 20 years after, Katniss and Peeta are still reeling from the trauma and loss. It may be a distant memory for most, but it’s fresh for them and they deal with this pain long after the war ended.