A brutal, unflinching conclusion to Collins's Hunger Games trilogy. I still like Katniss, I admire her strength and her vulnerability, and her agonizing over the violence she must cause. Thank God Collins stresses the costs of war over the romantic aspects, although Gale and Peeta are still important parts of her life, and the moments between them earned. Collins's writing is quite lyric at times, gut-wrenchingly graphic at others. The story is so relevant and bigger than any strictly romance-centered YA series. But, seriously, this is a violent book. Not for the faint of heart or fans of fluff.