Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
Chapter 26
Summary

Katniss leaves Snow’s quarters, with the white rose in her hand. She retreats back to her room and contemplates about what Snow told her. She feels that is unlikely for District 13 to kill so many innocent lives. But then again, they have the technology to do so. Her mind wanders back to her sister and feels sad again. She needed a friend to talk to and Gale is the only one that pops into her head. She realizes that asking him would only open up the topic about how his weapon was responsible for Prim’s death. She decides to check with Haymitch instead but he’s a drunken mess. He ends up insulting her.

She hides inside a closet and takes a morphling. She descends into a hysterical fit. People discover her whereabouts and bring her back. She has to clean up and get made up by her prep team for Snow’s execution. Effie Trinket emerges, not being actually dead at all. Katniss gets transformed into the Mockingjay once more. Gale drops by and tells Katniss that he has no idea about the weapon, but he was sure that it was responsible for destroying their relationship. He leaves her.

Katniss finds the rose and goes back to her prep team. She ends up in a room with other Games victors, with President Coin telling her that these people are alive because of the protection that Katniss asked for them. Coin explains that people of Panem are still seeking revenge outside of Snow’s death for the destruction cause by him. The victors were gathered so they can vote on one final Games: this time, involving children from the Capitol’s most influential families. Peeta, Annie, and Beetee all vote “no”. While Katniss, Johanna, Enobaria, and Haymitch vote for “yes”. As Coin is leaving, Katniss hands her the white rose and tells her to give it to Snow.

They all go outside for Snow’s execution. She’s given a bow and arrow to use. She faces Snow and it seems as if he’s telling her something with his eyes. Katniss shoots, however—who she killed wasn’t President Snow. It was President Coin.

Analysis

Katniss gives one last act of rebellion as a statement that she may be down, but she’s not yet out. Coin’s tactics are no match for Katniss’ anger.

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