Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
Much like many other bloggers, lovers of literature and bibliophiles, I am eagerly awaiting Mockingjay. I think the words, “I wish I had Mockingjay now!” run wistfully through my head at least once a day. If you haven’t realized it yet, I am a big fan of a pretty book covers, but I think the covers for The Hunger Games trilogy are particularly interesting to analyze. While I admired the covers before I read the books, after reading them I feel that the colors of the covers connects with the plot line of the series. I’d also like to mention that Jessica of Chick Lit Teens wrote a very interesting post a while ago in which she discusses the geometry of the images and the bird on the cover. Click here to check it out!
***THE FOLLOWING PART OF THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE HUNGER GAMES AND CATCHING FIRE***
We started off with a black cover for The Hunger Games, indicating the darkness in Panem at the start of the series, and the red color of Catching Fire portrays that fire that Katniss has started and changes that could be on the rise. I realize that I’m partially analyzing the cover according to what I want to happen in the series, but hopefully I’m not the only person who’s guilty of this. The burst of white light immediately around the bird fading into the blue of the cover could emphasize that not only is the mockingjay the catalyst of revolution in Panem, but that it’s power and meaning is rapidly spreading. To me, the light blue color is particularly optimistic. Not only do I think of clear blue skies when I see it, but the lighter blue feels less ominous than the red or black. Since I’m being so optimistic about the fate of Panem here, I’ll take a brief moment to look at it from the opposite perspective. I feel like the mockingjay is more exposed here than it has been in the past, and thus more vulnerable. The fact that it seems to be suspended in flight enhances the tension that readers are feeling, and seems to remind us that the Capitol is still trying to stop a revolution and bring down the mockingjay.
I think this is a really interesting cover, and I’d love to have this book now. I at least take comfort in the fact that my Mockingjay widget is still counting down, and that time has not in fact stopped in some cruel trick to force me to wait longer for this book.