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....
©2010 Suzanne Collins (P)2010 Scholastic Audio
"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.
Amazing storyline and strong characters
Katniss Everdeen - who else?
First meeting between President Snow and Katniss Everdeen
The depth behind the main character and her development is immense, and her relationships with Gale, President Snow and President Coin being particularly interesting.
We found the audiobook narration initially quite off-putting and semi-comical with its monotonous tone giving an almost child-like or robotic reading feel. However, after a while we got used to it, and in the end really liked it, since there is actually quite a lot of subtlety in the reading with the narrator making minute variations in her monotone to convey feeling.
Unfortunately, this book was the worst in the trilogy. Think a cheesy, teen love drama which is distracted by the fact that there is a rebellion going on. The fight against the Capitol is almost an afterthought through most of this book.
The saving grace I think was the end where the depth of the story and the grey nature of reality and war are explored in greater depth. It feels like the author had so much potential to really expand the scope of the story but was afraid to go there in order to keep the series grounded to its core audience of young children. That's in stark contrast to other stories for teens/young adults such as the Harry Potter franchise or even Animorphs where the main focus was always on the struggles and war and how the main characters evolve to deal with their dire situations.
The trilogy overall was definitely distracted by the love triangle which got really annoying in the last book where a very serious situation would be peppered with teen angst about which boy Katniss likes best.
I still think it's worth a read even if it's just to get some closure as there are some themes which did get me thinking even though throughout most of this book I had to struggle not to stop and delete the whole thing from my phone.
no.I love the books so SO much..but the thing I think with ALL audio books is I like how you can do other things while listening. But the book is brilliant
No idea, the book is SO brutal, you need to be prepared for it!It's the best out of the trilogy though..!
Urm I personally think she is a bit monotoned..
I cried. Have tissues.
I really enjoyed this, like I said above it is my favourite out of all of the books..!
The first book was great, the second was ok and the third was horrible. I felt like the author stretched the story in order to have more books. Like many of the other readers I finished the third book and just sat there, so many loose ends, so much sadness. I really hope that Suzanne reads the comments from readers and makes adjustments moving forward.
Not written it and quit at the end of book one or in the middle of book two with some kind of closure.
The narrator was great!
It made me want to find a good book soon to make me forget about this depressing trilogy that I put so much time into.
"A compelling and interesting futuristic novel"
I really enjoyed this one. In fact, I enjoyed it enough to purchase the two follow-up books. This one is the best of the trilogy, in my opinion.
The narrator is pleasant. The setting/scenario is very interesting. Excellent character development. Lots of suspense and drama. All around compelling story.
The best story I've listened to so far. I recommend it to all listeners interested is adventure and life struggles.
The narration was right on que.
The first two books were spectacular. Many times I was brought to tears during some of the emotional parts. The third book however was a writers overindulgence. Characters killed off for no reason other than writer can do it. Major plot decisions that get no real explanation. Scientific advances that make no sense compared to how the story had previously been developed. And finally the main character, who is sorta hard to like in the first two books, but you root for anyway, turns into a character I simply did not care about.
I guess for me the series morphed into some kind of wacky romance novel in this third episode and lost the energy that was driving the first two books.
"don't be swayed by the bad reviews"
I nearly didn't get this book 3 because of the several bad reviews. I think they were dead wrong so i thought to submit this to encourage listeners of the first two books to get this one and enjoy the conclusion to this scintillating series.
I hesitated to purchase The Hunger Games to begin with because it was classified as a young adult novel. However, my sister-in-law encouraged me to read them and I had just finished another series. "What the heck," I thought.
After the first chapter, I was hooked!
I finished all three books within a few weeks. Generally, when I read a series of books I get the feeling that authors get tired of writing about their subjects by the end. NOT the case here! All I could do at the end of Mockingjay was sit down and just say, "Wow!" Collins cared about her characters and thought the whole series all the way through to the very last word. Every word in the last few chapters mattered and wrapped everything up with a beautiful bow. Of course, that is to say nothing about the incredible creativity and full immersion into another world I could never have dreamed of.
After listening to the first 2 books I had high expectations that the trilogy would end with a bang. I was pretty disappointed to say the least. Collins created too many characters that were never really developed and left too many questions unanswered. You never really get to know what drives these people to do the things they do. There's this tendency for the plot lines to build up to these rising crescendo only to "peeta" out.
A lot of people have said that they had a hard time getting through the hard-copy version of Mockingjay. I felt that way about the audio book for maybe an hour of it, but the rest was fantastic. We all know this movie is going to hit it out of the park. The only question is.... who will play the main characters!!
"i feel obligated..."
Like a child or a family member i was so emotionally invested in this trilogy, i have to love it, regardless of how disappointed i may be deep down. as a SUPER harry potter fan, it has been hard to find anything that could fill the void, the hunger games did that, and then some... I feel like fans could have created a better 3rd book, and in a perfect world we could all just give susan collins a redo! i mean everybody messes up right? i am not so much disappointed in the ending as i am in the story leading up to the ending... it felt like the first chapter all the way through and then WHAM its over.... all of that being said, i enjoyed this trilogy more than words can describe! The characters feel like friends and the story is so unique and moving and thought-provoking, regardless of the lackluster final book, this will be a favorite of mine for all time!!!
"Real Gritty Authentic"
If you had a thought that this final book was less than 4 stars... JUST LET IT GO!... I gave it 5 stars since the first 2 books were a 5+ off the charts! If you enjoyed the first 2 books as 4 or 5 star listens - because of the wonderful characters and narration... and if you aren't the kind of person who has to have all the characters live happily ever after... and if you like realism and truth... as it relates to our present world... you won't be disappointed whatsoever in this book...
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