Following her subversive second victory in the Games, this one composed
of winners from past years, Katniss has been adopted by rebel factions
as their symbol for freedom and becomes the rallying point for the
districts in a desperate bid to take down the Capitol and remove
President Snow from power. But being the Mockingjay comes with a price
as Katniss must come to terms with how much of her own humanity and
sanity she can willingly sacrifice for the cause, her friends, and her
family. Collins is absolutely ruthless in her depictions of war in all
its cruelty, violence, and loss, leaving readers, in turn, repulsed,
shocked, grieving and, finally, hopeful for the characters they've grown
to empathize with and love. Mockingjay is a fitting end of the series that began with The Hunger Games (2008) and Catching Fire (2009) and will have the same lasting resonance as William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Stephen King's The Stand.
However, the book is not a stand-alone; readers do need to be familiar
with the first two titles in order to appreciate the events and
characters in this one.