Teens’ Top Ten 2011: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is one of the Teens’ Top Ten Nominations for 2011.

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, is the last book in the Hunger Games Trilogy. The background of this book is the country of Panem, the result of a devastated and ruined North America. The country of Panem is made up of the Capitol (the center of Panem) and thirteen outlying districts whose job is to supply the Capitol with various goods and products. Before the Hunger Games Trilogy began, a civil war broke out in which the districts revolted against the Capitol. The districts were eventually crushed and District 13 was supposedly demolished. As a penalty for the rebellion, the districts are forced to send one male and one female representative from each district to fight to the death on live television. Everyone is forced to watch this battle to show how weak they are.

Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl who has survived the Hunger Games twice, is a symbol for a revolt against the Capitol. After being forced to participate in the Hunger Games a second time, she is rescued by a rebel group working for District 13. District 13 had in fact been surviving underground for several years waiting for a chance to take down the Capitol. With Katniss acting as a propaganda symbol, the districts once again begin a war against the Capitol. Will the districts succeed in winning the rebellion? Or will next year’s Hunger Games be the worst ever seen?

Mockingjay was a very good book with lots of twists and turns. It had me sufficiently entertained and kept me on my seat every page of the book. However, I really didn’t like the ending and the beginning started out a little dull for my tastes. Besides the ending and the start, this book is a really good conclusion to the epic trilogy Suzanne Collins has weaved together. I would rate this book an 8 out of 10 for its action and thrillers.

To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten, click here.  To request this book from Wake County Public Libraries, click here.  Voting begins August 22, 2011 and ends September 16, 2011.  To vote during these dates, click here.

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