Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....
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"At its best the trilogy channels the political passion of 1984, the memorable violence of A Clockwork Orange, the imaginative ambience of The Chronicles of Narnia and the detailed inventiveness of Harry Potter." (New York Times Book Review)
"Unfolding in Collins' engaging, intelligent prose and assembled into chapters that end with didn't-see-that-coming cliffhangers, this finale is every bit the pressure cooker of its forebears. [Mockingjay] is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow." (Los Angeles Times)
"Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire." (Entertainment Weekly)
Having listened to the previous 2 books, I still dislike the narrators flat, monotone voice as the main character...they should not have let her sing for sure. Having said that, her characterisations/voices are better than the main characters voice, which is unusual.
I personally found this final book a little tedious, in spite of the action and was in fact relieved when it was over. Too much tummy button gazing with the internal monologues and spoken thoughts for my taste.
I also found that there was uncessary level of detail on the torture and violence, which was almost continuous throughout the book.
Having said that the plot was interesting with some surprises in store, so if you liked the prevous two books, you will not dislike this one...but not as good as the others in my view.
As I had been waiting for since around the end of the first book or the beginning of the second, the Rebellion is in full swing. And while it does not play out like I had expected, it keeps the sense of realism which hooked me on the first book. The unexpectedness of the series in general is one thing that I really like about it.
There are no easy fixes for our main characters, but at the same time it is not all hopelessly dark either. Even though in this book, more than the others, the bright spots are few and far between.
If you have already read the other books, you definitely need to read the ending to the story. But if you have randomly stumbled upon this, and are reading the reviews to see what it's about, go and read/listen to the first book in the series; The Hunger Games.
Because this series does what really great SciFi does, it makes you forget it is about the future, and merely uses a made-up environment as a backdrop to explore the human condition. Though this one is hauntingly close to what we could find real. I found this book to be a wonderful conclusion. True, there is no Hollywood ending where every this is made okay, but it is not a greek tragedy either, where everyone are doomed from the beginning.
This series is quickly become one of my favorites, and I really like Carolyn McCormick's narration of it.
Katniss Everdeen is still fighting for her life. The Rebels have taken up their weapons in a seemingly useless war against the Capitol and its leader, the maniacal President Snow. Katniss has been used as a catalyst for war, manipulated into becoming The Mockingjay: a figurehead of political resistance, by another would-be-totalitarian leader, when all she ever wanted was to protect those she loves and live out a relatively peaceful existence.
However, the final book of The Hunger Games trilogy offers anything but peace. This is, by far, the most harrowing of the series. The book has received criticism from some for being "too dark", but surely Suzanne Collins needed to be dark in order to deal with the subjects of political oppression, identity crises, PTSD and familial loss? She affords her YA audience the respect of not "dumbing down" the messages of her series.
District 12 is gone. Katniss' best friend, Gale, is slowly becoming as ruthless in his methods as any of the game-makers ever were. And Peeta is gone, his mind "hijacked" by the Capitol so that now whenever he looks at Katniss, he feels the overwhelming urge to kill her. Katniss is slowly losing everything she has and everything she is to the war. And there's more to lose.
If you're looking for happy endings then I can't say that this is a book/series for you. After losing so much, fighting so much and both feeling and causing so much pain, how could Katniss get a fairytale "happily ever after"? She's fighting a war and thus there are inevitable casualties... some of them heart-wrenching.
If, however, you're looking for a great read with characters whose plight will keep you gripped, writing which echoes the dystiopia it weaves, and a heroine who is pretty darn cool, then I can't recommend The Hunger Games Trilogy enough!
Last book in the trilogy, but really a dissapointing end to a excellent series. The third instalment is poorly paced and at times very badly written with contradictions of things which were mentioned earlier. Leaves a few questions un answered, and with the ending we are given leaves you wondering what was the point of this book being written in the beginning, as it defeats itself in the point it was trying to make.....
Having listened to the first two books I had to finish the series. I had hoped that Catching Fire suffered from 'middle book of trilogy syndrome' and Mockingjay would be an incredible ending... but sadly it was the weakest book of the lot. I found it hard to invest in Katniss and the other main characters (something that wasn't the case in the previous two books) and the plot was far weaker than either of the previous books. I wasn't expecting a happily ever after ending but I was still dissatisfied with the actual ending. It just didn't sit right with me. It is worth listening to if you have read/listened to the other books, but keep your expectations low.
I love the book. I've read it and listened to it at least 10 times combined. The narrator might be annoying to British listeners but me and mother both found that after about an hour you get used to it and actually it makes you find her different and the narrator almost became Katniss in the end. I recommend that even if you dislike the narrator when you try a trial to stick with her.
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my favourite books to read over and over again! a brilliant ending to a captivating story! love the whole story! just wish there were more than 3 books!
The Hunger Games trilogy is a great series, and the Mockingjay is a good final book for the trilogy. My only complaint is the narrator managed to make Katniss sound a bit whingy, which I didn't feel fitted her character. I read the other two books in print form, so probably had a fixed idea of Katniss's voice in my head, so perhaps this is an unfair comment. The story is exciting, and not predictable. I recommend it!
The story is good, although perhaps not as good as the first book in the series.
The performance of the audio book does sadly let it down however - the reading seems almost disjointed and the tone of the readers voice changes randomly, as if sections have been recorded out of sequence and not edited together especially well.
I had to listen to the final book and although I enjoyed it I thought it was the weakest of the trilogy. It was not as exciting as the previous books but still good and well narrated.
This book was well written, but the narrator was fantastic. I actually got the whole series as an audio book because I couldn't finish the series without the narration of the third book.
"Great story, characters need work"
WARNING!!! DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU'VE READ THE BOOK!!!
I listened to all three books in the span of a week. I believed the overall story was great. At times I couldn't tell what the author was taking us and I was sad to see so many characters I had grown attached to die, but I took it all in stride. As much as I hate to see characters die, I understand you have to keep readers on their toes. And the theme of the books wouldn't allow so many to stay alive. This book is definitely not of the 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' sort. The only thing that bothers me about the storyline is the ending. All that moping and not bathing type things drives me up the wall. Also I wish there was a more complete epilogue. I would have liked an update on all the remaining characters. What they were up to, where they lived, how ofter they saw other characters, did they travel to and from districts, and so on.
My main gripe with the books is the character development. Through three books, we have to wonder which guy Katniss would choose. From the first time I heard Peeta's name, I rooted for him; but also picked up a fondness for Gale through the series as well. In the end, Katniss never chooses. The decision is more or less made for her; she never delves into her conflicted emotions or tries to understand what she is feeling. I believe who she winds up with is the right decision but I feel she never actually makes it for herself. I won't say Katniss is self-involved, but she did live in her head; she was so naive and oblivious. Throughout the books, besides her telpathic connection with Haymitch, she never figured out what was going on around her. She always had to be told. Some of it was by design, but a lot of was her not seeing past what directly affected her. And when she couldn't deal, she just shut down. And someone always had to get her going again, she could never motivate herself. I kept waiting for her to get it, but I'm not sure she ever truly did. Gale on the other hand, had the foresight and thought to see the rebellion coming. He was very aware of his surroundings. But he was simultaneously blinded by his rage. While he wanted things to improve, he also wanted revenge. He wanted as many capital people to suffer as much as possible. He couldn't see that those people were used to living one way as he and his district were used to living another; they truly didn't know any better. That all his rage should have been directed at the goverment alone. And when it came to his feelings for Katniss, I don't think he was willing to fight for her as much as he just wanted her to make a decision. I think he truly loved her but wasn't willing to sacrifice anything for it like Peeta would have for Katniss; or even Katnnis would have for him. He essentially gave up and ran away. In some ways, Katniss and Gale are just alike. Their anger and hate motivate them but while Katniss' concious stops her from going further, Gale's need for revenge propels him. I really have no problems with Peeta. He was kind, gentle-natured, thoughtful, and willing to do anything for Katniss. And yet, I never felt he was weak. He was pure-spirited and wanted to the best for Katniss (and others) whether she chose him or not. Not sure I can say the same about Gale. I just hate what happened to his character and how it altered him so horrifically. The things that made Peeta so loveable were nearly destroyed. Another thing, as much as I rooted for Peeta, I felt that Katniss never really deserved him. Yes, she risked her life for him several times, but it was out selfishness. The first time, it was only because she determined he was not a threat and then discovered they could both stay alive. The second time (and every time after that) is because she felt like she owed him. I never felt she saved his life because she truly loved him, or at least she never admitted it to herself out loud. In the end, she just flat out got lucky he loved her enough and was patient enough to stick around.
"Fragile Katniss Became Annoying"
By the end of this book, I wanted to kill Katniss myself. All that introspection. Sheesh. The author needed to get on with the story and not dwell so much on the inner conflicts of her heroine. Katniss, the fragile and naive killing machine. Ugh. Even when other characters gave her direct information, Katniss had to analyze the meaning for 10 long, tedious pages/minutes before somehow always making her brilliant decision. I'd like to write an alternative ending where Joanna kills Katniss in the Quell and takes over being the Mockingjay. THAT would have been more interesting and certainly less annoying.
"amazing end to an amazing trilogy"
best series i ever read. can't wait to see the movie and say how much better the books are. i think prequels can easily be made, let's see what panem was like before the time of the hunger games...or - hunger games, the haymich chronicles would be great. any number of character spinoffs could be made, such rich character development.
"Should have been epic"
Such a poor finish to this wonderful series. There could have been so much more. It really should have and could have been a whopper of an ending. Wholly unsatisfying. Ms. Collins - please do better in the future.
"It is a dark ending"
I must agree with many of the reviewers thus far, for a book that had so much hope for these characters the end is very dark. I believe for a YA novel it should have had much less darkness than expressed and of course it makes you wonder why the author chose this path. In the previous installments it was clear that Peeta and Katnis' world was never a like those in the capital but their ending and the other characters who the author through the voice of Ms. McCormick really tug at you. I cried the entired novel. It was hard to stop because I kept thinking parts of this must be a dream. I finished the book yesterday evening and when I had nearly an hour left, I felt so down by the story- I almost stopped. I am glad I finished it because it has some bright points at the end. I just wish a few more of the characters I learned to love in this last installment were treated better by the author. An interesting read/listen- not nearly as good as the first two!
"So well written and nicely concluded"
This series is so clever and interesting. In between books 2 and 3 I pondered the end and Suzanne Collins still surprised me! I really loved it, even went back to listen to the last hour again after I was done because I was sad it was over. I really appreciated the epilogue that gave the listener/reader an insight into the future. I would have liked a bit more information about some of the others.
The series as a whole is pretty violent and Mockingjay is the most. I heard recently that 5th graders in my town are reading it and I think it's too violent for that age. But I think anyone over 14 or 15 would find these books give them a lot to think about and are a very interesting story. Adults will definitely find the books intriguing. I don't actually think it should be marketed as a Young Adult book, but it was probably done that way merely because the characters are mostly teens.
Some people have criticized the reader. I actually like her a lot in this book, because I think she conveys well the ambivalence Catniss experiences at every crossroad.
I was riveted to the very end. Loved it, and am sad it's over.
OK - I really wanted to like this book.
I listened to the first 2 in the series and througly enjoyed them, even with the arena repetition in Catching Fire. I bought it on release day - that's how excited I was.
I anxiously awaited the final book, expecting more of the fantastic writing I had come to expect from the series.
I didn't get it
By the end of the first hour, I was ready to slap Catniss, and simply didn't care about what she did any longer. She sulked and whined and plotted and whined and, oh yes, she whined. She was safe and fed and warm as were her family, but all she could do was complain
Overall the book had potential, especially when we start to see the Rebels and the Capitol blend together in behaviour. Some scenes were quite good. Overall, not nearly up to the potential shown in earlier books. Ends were left hanging, the major tragedy was obvious almost from the start - just disappointing.
"Somewhat disappointing series ender"
While I feel nothing could top The Hunger Games, there was nothing new or even slightly creative in this story. It constantly brought the new reader up to date on past history but gave its loyal fans nothing to grab onto or love or even feel. This book certainly could not stand on its own. We all knew the capital was going to be defeated but were anxious to know who Katniss would choose. It was hard to even care after the book was over. I had hoped for so much more feeling from this book.
"Great Series, good book"
Let me start off by saying that I am a 40 year old male and after hearing my daughter and her friends talking about the first book, I had to check it out. I fell in love with the universe that Suzanne Collins created in Hunger Games and thought that Catching Fire was even better. I am not in the target audience but I loved this series even though I was disappointed in the ending.
The ending felt too real to me and in fiction I'm hoping for something a little more happy go lucky. So there is nothing wrong with this book, but just not the direction that I was hoping the series would take.
This is just me and I could see others really enjoying this ending.
So Check it out yourself and you may be pleasantly surprised.
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