|Cover Illustrator||Tim O'Brien|
|Sequel to||Catching Fire|
Mockingjay is a science-fiction novel written by Suzanne Collins for a young adult audience. It is the third and last book in the three-book trilogy known as The Hunger Games.
During the last parts of Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen, along with the alliance she has formed in the Quarter Quell, had devised a plan to destroy the force field that trapped all the victors in the Clock Arena. However Katniss did not realize that at the time. She thought, as did the audience, that Beetee's plan was to electrocute Brutus and Enobaria or at least kill their food source). Beetee's plan was as such: Beetee had tied a wire to the tree that is the target of lightning, when the lightning was to strike again during midnight, the wire would send a surge of electricity to the other end that is connected to the force field. Katniss Everdeen, with belated understanding of Beetee's original plan (which had the wire in the water, covering up the plan to blow up the force field), sent an arrow that was attached to the wire into the force field, causing it to crack and be a way for escape of the victors. Katniss, though not aware of the escape plan, escaped from the clutches of the Capitol once again.
She was taken on a hovercraft with Finnick Odair and Beetee, there she saw Haymitch Abernathy and Plutarch Heavensbee who later told her that as long as she lives, the rebellion lives because she was the Mockingjay.
Peeta Mellark, Johanna Mason and Enobaria were captured by the Capitol however, and the former two were subjected to torture. Annie Cresta was also taken into custody by the Capitol, as a way of targeting Finnick.
The book covers more on Katniss Everdeen's acts of rebellion against the Capitol and the pain she endures when she finds out that her fellow victor, Peeta Mellark, was brainwashed by the Capitol - with the use of trackerjackers - to hate and kill her.