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.
This is a poor story poorly read. The last book in particular struggles to make any sense and spends more time with the inner mental workings of the hero rather than events. The narrators voice lacks power and strength to pull this off. A real struggle to finish it as it gradually ran out of steam. A waste of time.
The last book of the trilogy exceeded my expectations. We step out of the games we enter a real war. It is even darker and cruelty reigns everywhere.
I am not sure if a 17 year old would manage to keep any sanity at all. It is not easy to believe that, after so many traumas, she is still capable of reasoning at all. However, the morale of the story is good an I think there is plenty food for thought there.
I watched the all the movies produced so far, first and I don't regret it, I am glad as I can see how much better the books are! I love the narrator - Carolyn McCormick, she is excellent. Now I am looking forward to see how Francis Lawrence will bring the final action to life on screen.
different perspecitve of the story than in the movie
the whole final book, where the listener has to give all the control to their own imagination, because Part 2 of the Mockingjay is yet to be released this year.
I love the films but the books are way better.
Read or Listen to The Hunger Games first and then Catching Fire.
The Hunger Games are a punishment from Panem after the rebellion. Only one tribute will survive or that was the case until Katniss and Peeta returned from the Hunger Games together. They upset President Snow by returning from the Hunger Games together. He has laid down the law to Katniss and wants a couple in love for Panem. But Gale has other ideas.
I would recommend this series.
"Not a great end to a great series"
I LOVED the first two books. This one was a huge let down. I agree with many of the prior reviews.
In this installment, Katniss and Peeta lose much of what make them compelling and likable characters. Katniss makes decisions that make no sense and the last ten pages seems like a slapped on happy ending to make the readers happy.
The audio reader is tremendous though. As in the first two, she delivers.
"A little disappointed"
I was a little disappointed in the final installment of the Hunger Games. The series seemed to lose steam in this final book but it's a must read to bring closure to the series. It does not quite end in the way you might expect.
"Sad to see it end.."
The narrator's voice was perfect. Although I sort thought it would sound younger since Katniss is still a teenager but the narrator did a beautiful job on bringing the story to life. I couldn't stop listening to it!
I hate to see it end, I wanted this series to last a long time but it ended great. I did want to a fairy tale ending where everyone is happy and they get what the fought so long for, but the way this book ended was amazing. It was a bitterweet and powerful ending.
The moment were Katniss sang the hanging man song. I got goosebumps and couldn't stop humming it. That is one song I will not forget for a while.
"Could have been better"
This book was OK, but not as good as The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. The climax was rocky and then finally started to feel like the first two books. However, the end of the book was too rushed that it became more about trying to wrap the series up in the last few chapters instead of playing out the rest of the story in a way that would satisfy fans of the series. The story jumps from week to week and Katniss is unconscious or drugged for most of the book. It could have been better.
"I think the author got bored"
I try to write reviews when I think they are warranted; sometimes I can be critical. I don't often read books that are in a long series, I get bored. But this being a trilogy, I thought I could get through it. Only this time I think the author got bored too. I really liked the first book, I'd give it 4 1/2 stars. The second was okay, not as interesting, only three stars. I was hoping for a traumatic conclusion in the final book, but it never happened. Too much re-living the past; not a lot to hold my interest. And I got the impression even the author may have been getting tired, thought "if this were eight or ten books, how would I end it?" and then just felt, why wait, I'll end it here, do a little forecasting in the future and let it be over. It was disappointing. Two stars maybe. Although I did enjoy the author's comments at the end on here background for creating the Games.
However, I have not given up on the author, I'm sure there will be future writings worth listening to.
"An imperfect lense..."
Some of what I write could be perceived as spoilers... just warning ya.
The biggest strength/weakness of a first person book is that the world is seen totally through the eyes of a character. If that character is well written and engaging, so too is the world. But if the character falls short in one way or another, the world starts to lose some of its clarity. Like a milky lens, the reader is left out of the details.
Katniss spends an enormous amount of time in the third book knocked out, wounded or otherwise totally unable to control or influence the world around her, in spite of the character being in a position to effect MASSIVE influence on the world around her. Instead she over reacts to perceived affronts, never questions anything deeply enough to show she is even engaged and basically gets told by everyone how she should be feeling, for example when she is being cruel to Pita after his return. Its not till someone points out her unfairness that she chooses to stop being unfair. I would have liked to see her engaged enough to at least question and search out her own feeling about the whole thing rather than have someone tell her.
In my case, by becoming disengaged, it allowed me a lot more time to nitpick the universe. How can magic impenetrable walls be made instantly in book two's arena to trap Katniss and Finnick in with Jabber Jays but then people still bleed out for lack of something more technological than a tourniquet? How can hovercraft turn invisible but not drop bombs from higher than 100 yards, the distance Katniss claimed to be able to hit things with her amazing bow and arrow? How can shields be everywhere else in the world but NOT on something like a hovercraft? What kind of military idiot leaves the defense of their city up to pods that a) can be exploded when shot and b) are fully visible and unsupported? All small things in total but I would not have noticed them if I felt engaged in the universe.
Finally the ending and epilogue, which seem to get the most venom. One of my favorite movies? Cold Mountain. So I LOVE a good bittersweet ending. And I love David Drake, a MilSciFi author who has a book called "Grim as Hell," so it stands to reason I like the concept of "war is evil and bad for people." But that's not what I got out of this. I was pretty unimpressed with how grim and gritty the war is and the cheap efforts to elicit emotion. Katniss barely cares about any of these characters and never really forms a bond with even the ones she is closest to so how can I care much when they get offed? How can I put much emotion into her efforts to kill Snow when its such a badly thought out plan? How am I supposed to invest in this war and its horrors when most of it is through Katniss who is always under a camera?
As for the ending... Well whatever. It just gives me more reason to find the character uninteresting. I rather prefer the stories of soldiers who have lost so much, including limbs and friends, coming back from war and working hard at making prosthetic work for them and chasing life because they know how short and ephemeral it is. You know, like the ones in the news. This world is full of all sorts of horrors. But we humans persist in our sense of wonder and amazement. If Katniss can't find that in her own children, then she obviously lacks in the human spirit that makes us more than the sum of our parts.
"Not as good as the first two installments"
The last book in The Hunger Games trilogy, didn't really live up to my expectations. Suzanne Collins spent too much time exploring the inner thoughts of Kapniss Everdeen, for my liking. The overall story was very entertaining. Carolyn McCormick did an excellent job of narrating the story.
The most memorable moment was when Peeta and Kapniss met for the first time, after he was rescued, and bought back to District 13.
Carolyn McCormick has a great speaking voice, and her vocal variety bought the book to life for me.
Man... the first 2 books were great.... this one is sooo slow... Collins gets engrossed in describing the secene the art etc..not too much action.... also, towards the end i feel like things are happening just as a filler because she needed the last 100 pages or so... the ending is by far not satisfying... !!!
if you have read the first 2 books... you want to read the conclusion... altho not recommeneded...
As enjoyable as it was to rejoin Katniss in her battle against the Capital, the original creative and personal animosity/bonding of youngsters fighting for their lives, does not continue equally through this last part in the trilogy of the Hunger Games.
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.
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