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.
An interesting change of pace where the protagonists take on a more revolutionary role - think "Tomorrow when the war began" and a little bit "Red Dawn"
I'd certainly give her stuff a go again - it is sufficiently good for parents (like me) to read their daughters books!
This book was the weakest of the trilogy. Whilst still well written it was stilted in places and felt a little like a clock running down rather than an exiting conclusion. It brought to mind Frodo's whinge trek through Mordor on occasions.
First 2 books were fine. I enjoyed second one the most!
Third one was just to far fetched and over the top. Shame really
All saints trilogy
She was I fine, it was the book
I had not actually read the first two books (I only saw the films) which many people will consider a travesty I'm sure. However, I decided to dive straight into the third book as I wanted to know how it all ends - I was not disappointed and I did not struggle to follow any of the events and characters even without having read the first two books.
The book is really enjoyable, a tense and exciting close to the revolutionary dystopian trilogy. Some people have have not enjoyed the narrator but I did and felt she created suspense and drama appropriately and not overly so - which is a tricky balance considering the violent nature of the book.
My one gripe is that the ending was not entirely satisfying but I forgive the author this as it is probably quite realistic considering what the protagonist has been through.
Without wanting to sound too mean.. I love the Hunger Games. Love the unique story line, the characters, the districts, the Capitol
I loved everything about this book until it got to the ending
WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH! Im left feeling so mad.. nothing but mindless Deaths and even at the end you can tell the moaning Prim is still not happy! I know life isnt always a happy ending but really!?!?
I have no idea how the silver screen will portray this last instalment.. there will be alot of changes I hope!
RUBBISH! Rushed.. to much death not enough "happy ending!" not happy it left so many unanswered questions.. there must be a 4th just so I can carry on with my life happy again!
Watching the 1st 2 films, and knowing there making this book into two films xxx
Catness everdeen love her xxx
Yes, but found every day life got involved and it took me 3 days xx
"Not as bad as the reviews imply"
I guess I disagree with most of the negative reviews... I don't think it was that bad. It wasn't as great as the first two books, but it tied things up reasonably. Yes, Katniss was a little whiny... but she's just 17 years old, so I think it is realistic. If no one dear to Katniss died, then it wouldn't be realistic. I am not disappointed at the ending... if the ending was a completely happily ever after ending, it would have seemed fake. Overall, I liked the series. I am looking forward to the movies b/c the author will be involved in the project.
"Just finished the series wonderful science fiction"
Well written, interesting story. Can't wait for the Hunger Games movie to come out. Great narration.
"Not a great ending, but a must read"
I listened to all three books in about 2 weeks back to back. Not expecting to be captured by the story like I was. During the first book, I couldn't stop listening to it even after my commute was over and brought it inside and had to finish right away. After the second book, I instantly downloaded the third book because I HAD to find out what happened next.
I realize as the third book in the series, you will be drawn to it, and it will become a must read book.However, I found myself - especially in the last 3 hours or so thinking, "can we finish this already". I liked the interaction between all the characters and the dialog between Peeta, Haymitch and some of the other characters. The end seemed more of a narrative. I know there were other sections of the other books like this, but by the end of the story I found that I was not rooting for Catnis and wanted to hear the story from possibly Gale's perspective or hear another voice instead of hers. I also found that while the wrap up was drawn out it felt random and it didn't feel completly thought out.
Overall the series is good and a must read(listen). The first two books were wonderful, but this last one fell short for me.
"Not as good as the first two in the series"
The Hunger Games series starts strong with The Hunger Games which is an excellent novel for young adults. The writing is good and characters and action interesting. The next novel in the series is quite a bit weaker, and the last of the series is weaker still. The concept of the novel doesn???t quite make sense ??? but if you are able to set that aside The Hunger Games is quite enjoyable. Some reviewers have commented negatively on the protagonist being inconsistent. This is true ??? but what young person in a crisis IS consistent? Suspend disbelief and enjoy The Hunger Games (and skip the other two of the series). Mockingjay makes the least sense and adds the least to the series.
"A riveting finale"
All in all, I found Mockingjay to be a strong conclusion to a gripping YA series. The trilogy's young heroine, Katniss Everdeen, no longer a contestant in the Capitol's cruel bloodsport, is enlisted as the propaganda figurehead of an armed rebellion against President Snow. However, she soon learns that this role comes with deeper costs, that the ruthless mindset and calculating showmanship of the Hunger Games infects both sides in the war. While the middle book struggled somewhat to find its footing, Collins writes this one with the twisting plot and chilling brutality of the first novel. The reader soon realizes that none of the central characters are going to emerge unscathed.
Some fans seem perturbed that Collins didn't write an escapist Hollywood ending, but I'm very glad that she didn't. Katniss comes across as a real teenager, if an unusually tough one, not some heroic fantasy dragonslayer. She gets used by people above her. She cracks under the weight of it all, at the sometimes irreconcilable choice between being a fighter and compassion. This is what would probably happen to most seventeen year-olds in such a position. The grim last act is a more believable one for it, and the melancholy conclusion echoes the underlying truthfulness of the Hunger Games.
Not that I think Mockingjay doesn't have flaws. The action in the last third feels somewhat rushed. I never found the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale that absorbing, as both boys spend the series devoted to her in similarly heroic, unrequited ways, which overpower their differences as characters. Collins' vision of future technology is all over the map, with some inventions seemingly lifted from sci-fi B-movies and others oddly regressed to a 1970s level. And the audiobook reader is a little annoying, overacting her lines.
Still, if I had some issues with the details, I think Collins gives the overall story the right ending. The whole trilogy is an accomplishment of YA fiction.
"An enlightening listen"
The Hunger Games Trilogy is a great series, because, first and foremost, it is a good story, but also because the main character is extremely relatable. The reader can see the path the main character takes to deal with events that unfold around her. I know, I know. You are thinking it is an author???s task to put us in the protagonist???s shoes. While this is true, some author???s just do not convey the perspective in a genuine manner. Collins does, and through her writings, I have a much better understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder and the numbness associated with surviving costly victories. Readers seem to universally love the first two books, but the third book has received mixed reviews. I do not want to give anything away, but I do feel compelled to say that I think the third book is just as brilliant as the first two. I think Collins has done an excellent job growing Katniss into a person not just a character as well an underscoring the fact that happiness is achievable without a fairytale.
"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.
I had high hopes for this book, but in the end I feel like this book should have been combined with the second, and both books would have been greatly improved. The pace was too slow, and the apathetic attitude of the main character becomes tiresome very quickly. I was tempted to fast-forward through sections of this book. The plot was also very weak, particularly near the end of the book. If I had it to do over again, I would have only listened to the first book in the series.
"Great trilogy which comes to a sputtering finish"
I wanted to love this. Very simple. I adored the previous to books in the series (a must read, by the way, if you're going to even remotely understand what is happening here) but this just took the momentum and more importantly, the essence of hope from the first two books and nearly ground them to a halt. Mockingjay was incredibly dark and while the other books managed to give a light at the end of the tunnel, this story had an overwhelming sense of bleakness. I suppose Collins should get points for taking the book somewhere totally unexpected and the overall story resulted in a moderately pleasing resolution, but along the way... there wasn't much to love, just one dark page after another.
great trilogy and good story telling but a weak finish to the story. I really enjoyed the author's ability to move the story from the arena, but I really expected more from this author. Seemed to me like it was just time to end the story and this was the best the author had to offer. Unfullfilling and unimaginative resolution of the relationship peeta, gayle, and katnyss struggle with, and if this was the best collins could do, the triangle never should have been allowed to progress so far. Many times Katnyss' inability to make a choice is just for the sake of prolonging the story, and quite honestly, this book was disappointing......
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