Book three of the Hunger Games trilogy
The final part of the Hunger Games trilogy proves as shocking, voyeuristic and violent as the earlier volumes. Collins envisages a future world in North America in which civilisation has broken down, largely as a result of our twenty-first-century obsession with war, image and gameshows.
The Hunger Games are just that: teenagers pitted against each other in a modern take on the legend of Theseus, or gladiatorial games, fighting to the death.
Collins explores the effects of war and violence on those coming of age, centring her text around Katniss, a girl who has emerged as the 'Mockingjay', a legendary figurehead who will front the revolt against oppression and cruelty, and who faces serious ethical and personal issues.