While the third and final installation of the Hunger Games trilogy can feel like it’s plodding along at points, retreading ground like the hate and fear Katniss continues to hold for President Snow, or the pull she feels between Gale and Peeta, all of this however is speaking to the inner turmoil – and probable PTSD – Katniss is still going through having survived two Hunger Games now in hiding with the rebellion only glimpsed at in Catching Fire. And while her time among the rebels does seem to drag on, it however provides Katniss time to undergo her breakdown as she struggles with Snow’s continued campaign of psychological warfare, finding herself a pawn between the two sides wrestling for control of Panem. Given the shambles Suzanne Collins has reduced our young heroine to, and the unenviable task she had of wrapping up the war in Mockingjay, the author certainly pulls no punches bringing her story to its conclusion. It doesn’t have the action of the previous installments, but in truth is more a statement about the evils mankind is able to wreck upon itself during war and our remarkable ability to continue on in the aftermath. Definitely worth reading, but not what you’re likely expecting given the other books in the Hunger Games trilogy, and am now interested in seeing how they translate it to the big screen.