Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
Chapter 25
Summary

Katniss finds it difficult to determine how she really feels. She feels as if her body is on fire. Dead people want to take her with them and she wants to come with them, but something painful is holding her back. She returns back to reality and realizes that she can still recover—but her sister, Prim, cannot. She gets a visit from President Coin who reiterates her promise of letting Katniss be the one who kills Snow. She finds out the Coin is in charge now and that Snow is finally in custody. The remaining team members, along with Gale and Peeta, are all alive. Katniss and her mother are reunited and are placed in Snow’s mansion. People don’t pay that much attention to her, giving her the freedom to go wherever she wants.

One day, while Katniss is wondering around the palace, she comes across a room full of roses. She realizes that this is where President Snow is being held. The guards won’t let her see Snow, but Commander Paylor gives her permission to do so. Katniss is about to pick up a rose for Snow to wear when she kills him when he suddenly speaks up. He apologizes about the bombs that killed the children and Prim. He explained to her that those bombs didn’t come from his side. She realizes that the weaponry that Gale designed ended up killing her own sister. Snow tells her that this was Coin’s plan all along: to manipulate the two of them so she could rise to power. Katniss doesn’t believe it to be real, but Snow insists that it is.

Analysis

Katniss finally realizes that there’s truth to her feeling about not trusting President Coin. It felt more insulting that she had to hear it from President Snow’s mouth.

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