It was released on August 24, The fight cannot be avoided. The damage cannot be contained. The revolution is here. Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice.
Now a revolution is unfolding - one that she has long been a part of, without ever knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem.
To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay - no matter what the personal cost. This is the final book in Suzanne Collins's worldwide bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.
Katniss takes stock of her new position as a rebel in District Only three victors were saved from the arena: Beetee A previous tribute from District 3 , who was one of Katniss' allies , Finnick The handsome victor from District 4 and Katniss' first ally and Katniss herself, but Peeta Mellark, along with other victors Enobaria the female tribute from District 2 , Johanna Mason tribute from District 7 , and Annie Cresta who wasn't in the Quarter Quell but was arrested when the arena blew up were all captured and taken to the Capitol and held captive by President Coriolanus Snow.
Katniss is still haunted by Snow and fears for Peeta's life. The book starts with Katniss in District 12, which has been reduced to ashes. Katniss alone wanted to see the district herself. While she is there, she takes back Buttercup Prim's cat , her father 's old hunting jacket, a photo of her mother 's wedding, and a book of plants. Before she leaves, she notices one of Snow's white roses on her dresser.
A hovercraft takes her to District 13 where the survivors of District 12 now reside. When she returns, she watches an interview between Caesar and Peeta. She is relieved when she finds that Peeta looks unharmed, healthy even, but during the interview, Peeta calls for a cease-fire and is accused by many people of being a traitor. This is why later on when she decides to become the Mockingjay, she asks for the immunity of Peeta and the other tributes as well as hunting rights for her and Gale, the right to keep Buttercup for Prim, and permission to kill Snow.
President Coin, the leader of District 13, agrees to these conditions and Katniss officially becomes the Mockingjay. Katniss has to star in commercials for the rebel side, called propos a shortened version of propaganda. For one propo, she and a team that includes her old friend Gale are sent into District 8, where they see a hospital get destroyed. This inspires Katniss to call for justice. During the airing of an interview with Peeta in the Capitol, Beetee is able to gain control of the broadcast and air the propos for a short time before a battle for control of the broadcast breaks out.
During the back-and-forth, Peeta manages to send out a coded message to the rebels warning them of an attack. The Capitol then breaks into chaos, the camera tilts to the floor, screams can be heard and Peeta's blood splatters the ground.
Peeta Mellark warns Katniss of the impending bombing of District 13, after briefly fighting off the tracker jacker venom, which leads to him being tortured. He does this during an interview with Caesar Flickerman, when he is asked what he desires to say to Katniss.
A shrilling alarm sounds, to evacuate the upper levels into the bunkers. As Katniss is viewed as the symbol of the uprising by the people, she composes herself and is one of the first to reach the bunkers, coming to ensure that her mother and Prim should still be relocating the hospital patients. As she waits, disturbed by the flecks of blood on the bunker sign, she grabs three packs of the instructions. As time passes, her mother arrives, and they become wary of why Prim hasn't arrived yet. She imagines herself as Prim, and suddenly grasps the situation.
Prim, being herself, had rushed back to their compartment to get her beloved cat, Buttercup. After much panicking, Prim, along with Gale, arrives back to safety with Buttercup. Everyone waits in the bunker for several days until the bombing has stopped. Katniss finds out during the bombing that the Capitol is using Peeta and every time she says something against them, they hurt him. When she is looking above ground at all the wreckage after the bombing, she sees that President Snow has planted more roses.
Katniss starts crying when her camera crew tells her to say a short line for the camera, to show that she is alive and still fighting. Finnick explains to the perplexed camera crew that Katniss knows the Capitol will hurt Peeta if she does so. Haymitch Abernathy, Katniss' mentor in both her Hunger Games, tells a broken Katniss that a rescue mission was sent to save the captured victors in the Capitol, and that Gale was the first soldier to volunteer on the mission.
Katniss worries that both Gale and Peeta might die, and she would be helpless against it. The rescue mission was a success, bringing all the victors except Enobaria, but being from District 2, the Capitol had not harmed her back to District When arriving at Peeta's hospital room, she comes to embrace him, but in Katniss' shock, he almost strangles her to death.
Katniss wakes up in a hospital room with a collar around her neck, along with severe injuries in her vocal chords and other parts of her neck. While meeting with Plutarch, Haymitch, and Beetee, with Prim by her hospital bedside, she learns that the Capitol had used an uncommonly used technique known as hijacking in order to control and influence Peeta. The hijacking was done by giving him a dose of tracker jacker venom and sequentially showing him clips of Katniss, therefore tricking him into hating her.
Katniss spends a significant period of time recovering and weeping from the attack. While Katniss recovers, Peeta's treatment begins with strangers who are doctors from District 13, but a close friend of his named Delly Cartwright tries to help Peeta remember his real memories, but their first meeting results in him screaming and calling Katniss a "mutt" short for 'mutation', which are creatures the Capitol had created.
After a short recovery, Katniss asks Plutarch if she can be placed into combat in the Capitol. Plutarch reminds Katniss that all the Districts have to first ally with the rebellion, and only District 2 is left, and allows Katniss to go there. The rebels fly out to District 2 in order to take control of The Nut, a huge mountain containing the Capitol's principal military facility.
Commander Lyme agrees to aid the rebels in the plan and they discuss how to take over the mountain. Gale suggests that they use special bombs that he and Beetee designed to blow up the Nut. Katniss is shocked by Gale's mercilessness, as he doesn't care if any innocent civilians or workers are killed. The rebels decide to take the risk and blow up the mountain; the plan works and the remaining survivors retreat to the center of District 2, where the rebels are waiting.
Katniss gives an inspiring speech, asking District 2 to join the fight, but an unknown man shoots Katniss from the crowd. She awakens back in 13, suffering from a broken spleen and badly bruised ribs. She is informed that District 2 has joined the rebel cause and is beginning to fight back. Katniss and Johanna Mason become good friends whilst training as they recover. Plutarch has an idea for a propo and allows Finnick and Annie to get married.
The wedding is a success and Katniss finally has fun for the first time in a while. Peeta soon asks to see Katniss, and she reluctantly agrees to visit him. However, she only stays with him for a short time before leaving in a panic. Katniss is angered when she finds that she hasn't been signed down for the assault on the Capitol as she wants to be the one who kills President Snow. A special rebel team named Star Squad is created to be the main rebel team that invades the Capitol. Katniss completes her SSC simulated street combat training, and is assigned onto the Squad.
However, Johanna is not permitted to join, as the hydrophobia that the Capitol instilled in her through their torture still lingers in her mind. Angered, Johanna tells Katniss to kill Snow for her.
Plutarch shows the rebels a holographic map of the Capitol showing thousands of traps called Pods , deadly lethal weapons designed by the Capitol. The pods are strewn throughout the entire city and the team refers to it as the 76th Hunger Games , because of the Pods' Hunger Games-inspired design. Hundreds of soldiers prepare for the final battle, and Boggs is given a Holo , a device which shows where the pods are located. As Squad advances through a safe Capitol neighborhood, they accidentally trigger a pod which sends a dart straight through Leeg 2's head, killing her.
To the Squad's surprise, Peeta is sent as a replacement as he has recovered quite a bit from the hijacking, but is still unstable, which leads Katniss to the conclusion that President Coin thinks that she's "of more used to her [President Coin] dead than alive".
After Peeta's arrival, Boggs makes a call to Coin about his being in the squad. When he returns, he says that he believes Coin sent Peeta personally to kill Katniss since after the war, a new leader will be chosen and Katniss, having a lot of influence as the Mockingjay, will be a threat if her vote doesn't go to Coin. To make sure she is still all powerful and a much larger influence than Katniss, Coin sends Peeta to the Squad, hoping he would kill her.
Katniss starts to treat Peeta very rudely, but most of the squad shoots looks at her, telling Katniss that treating him that way was wrong. But only after a call from Haymitch, who tells her to reverse the situation in her head as in Katniss was the one hijacked, and she knew that the normal Peeta would do anything to get her back , Katniss realizes that she was wrong to be hostile and rude to Peeta. Katniss starts trying to help Peeta remember his former memories. The Squad creates a game, "Real or Not Real," to help him separate the hijacked memories from the real ones.
During this, Peeta reveals that when he was held in the Capitol, they forced him to watch the execution of two Avoxes, Darius a former Peacekeeper guarding District 12 and a friend of Katniss and Gale and Lavinia a girl who Katniss and Gale saw trying to escape before the reaping of the 74th Hunger Games , under the guise of trying to get information about the rebellion. As the Squad move a little further into the Capitol, they decide to film a propo. They set two pods off safely and take a break from filming.
During the next propo shoot, Boggs hits a mislabeled pod that blows off his legs. At the same time, another pod is activated, creating a black wave that begins to advance onto the squad.
While trying to move Boggs to an apartment to escape the wave, Peeta has an episode and nearly kills Katniss with his gun. When a member of the squad, Mitchell , tries to pin him down, Peeta accidentally kills him by throwing him off of him, causing him to land in a mislabeled pod that encases Mitchell in a net of barbed wire. Inside the apartment, Boggs transfers the Holo to Katniss and dies after telling her four orders: "Don't trust them, don't go back.
Kill Peeta. Do what you came to do. She admits that she thinks that only Boggs knew. Cressida backs up Katniss' story, saying that Plutarch wants the assassination of Snow to be televised, thinking that it would end the war. Jackson doesn't believe Katniss and demands for the holo to handed over to her, although Katniss refuses. They walk to an abandoned apartment and find couches strewn across the room. They all sit down, with Jackson still pointing her gun at an unconscious Peeta.