Katniss Everdeen has again survived the Hunger Games—the brutal blood sport of a bleak future world where the ruling Capitol demands each of its 12 districts send two teenage "tributes" to fight to the death. She did it by destroying the arena and halting the games, but at the cost of having her home district destroyed by President Snow. In this powerful conclusion to the young adult trilogy that began with The Hunger Games (the inspiration for the major motion picture of the same name), Katniss is now the reluctant figurehead of a full-scale rebellion, and must use all of her intelligence and cunning to bring down Snow and end the fighting. But she finds that no one is safe, and no one—not even those she is closest to—can be trusted.
"Unfolding in Collins' engaging, intelligent prose and assembled into chapters that end with didn't-see-that-coming cliffhangers, this finale is every bit the pressure cooker of its forebears.... Mockingjay takes readers into new territories and an even more brutal and confusing world: one where it's unclear what sides the characters are on, one where presumed loyalties are repeatedly stood on their head.... Much of the action takes place on a battlefield akin to Iraq—where innocent civilians are murdered to further a cause and each side resorts to unsavory tactics that could lead to a terrorist label.... A series conclusion that is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow."—LATimes