I can't adequately express my disappointment with the final installment of this triology, it was really lack luster, disappointing, and uninspired...and this is coming from someone that loves this story so much that I scheduled months in advance to have the release date off of work, just so I could sit around and soak up the story.
I'll admit that the series has always been a rather dark one, but it had that underlying promise of hope for a better future, good will triumph evil in the end, etc.. and characters so real that the reader was really invested in their individual stories. However, that aspect was completely missing in this book.
It was almost as if the author wanted to destroy everything and everyone just to make a philisophical point..and I'm not sure what point she was trying to make. We all know that war is terrible, but in every great tragedy their is always something redeeming or hopeful to hold on to. Not in this war; everything of beauty was taken away, everyone is destroyed physically, mentally, or emotionally, and in the end you are just left empty. The last ten pages of the book, meant to be a happy ending?...just aren't enough to redeem the characters, or repair the damage and heartbreak, the reader has experienced.
Katniss Everdean is a hero. I love this character. She is a survivor, but she survived with class. She kept her humanity intact in a crazy world. I am wondering how I would do under the same circumstances.
I read Elie Weisel's must-read autobiography, "Night", just after I finished "Mockingjay". Weisel was a jewish teenager when he was taken by the Germans to Auschwitz. He doesn't know why he survived to tell the tale, but he did. The comparison of these two stories hit me hard, and I didn't know which was worse, the true story or the fiction. I think, as bad as Katniss had it, Elie Weisel had it worse. How can we treat other human beings so badly? It is way, way out of my ken, and yet, our society is edging closer and closer to that sort of thing every minute of every day.
The Hunger Games trilogy is a warning to us to hold on to what we have, and most especially, hold on to our humanity.
As always, Carolyn McCormick is an outstanding narrator.
No. Too much like book 1/2
Killing the president.
don't allow volunteers.
This book is ok, but really this one and the second are too much like the first, it's like the author found a winning formula and then pounded it into the ground. Mixing in some political stuff on the side. It's worth finishing the series but was a bit disappointed by books 2/3.
TOP 5 out of 100
The other two Hunger Games books...other than that I have read nothing that compares!!!!
Just one of the best books I have listened to. I sit and think about Cat and Peta and what their life might be like now.... what adventures they and their children are living. I soooo wish there were more books in the series....this was an incredible journey to go on with these characters, I have been late to work, just not wanting to turn it off....I couldn't wait to go to bed, so I could close my eyes and be carried away to the world of the capitol and what was around the next corner. Thanks, I am searching now for my next adventure and can only hope to find one as brilliant and wonderful as these.....
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
What do we expect of war? Why does every book have to have a happy ending? Because life does not. I can only imagine how people who have seen the starving, dieing and murdered end up living their lives. Loosing everyone they love, watching them die. Killing people they do not know.
Though I would have hoped for a more happy ending, a better love story between the characters, we have enough romance novels out there to read to make up for this ending. This book is true to war. True to how people are used for a cause that can cause them to go mad.
I am sure if they make a movie it will have a happier ending... Hollywood does that, rewrites the story. But this book though depressing, makes you think about life around you and how you might be one of the citizens in today. Which district do you live in? The Capital, never starving, always clothed and warm? How does this book help you see the world around you.
The way things are portrayed via news and real life. What people see and how it's twisted and used for their own political purposes. How the Media easily manipulates the mind of the citizens and has for thousands of years in human history.
The constant struggle between being in charge of your own mind, opinions or are we manipulated for entertainment?
It just keeps you thinking....
I didnt like this book as much as the past two. There are some awesome things in the book but once you hit the last few chapters it starts to get a little convoluted and a bit confusing. I was getting to a point where i just wanted to finish the book just so I could know how it ended, not to enjoy the last bit of the journey.
The books overall are great amazing books and this does end it in a justifiable way that wraps things up. I would also recommend this to anyone. I do have some quibbles about the ending but it doesn't ruin the books or make them mediocre.
I'm a MA in Theatre and love a good story. I also sometimes forget to proofread my reviews so sorry for any typos ;)
If you are reading this without having listened to the book first, perhaps the best I can hope for is that you'll go in with lower expectations and thus have a better time reading this than I did. The wonder that was the first and second book were completely lost in this third and final installment. I'm baffled at what happened to the spirit the author maintained through the earlier novels.
I waited a few days to digest the book before writing a review because I would have given it 1 star and said how horrible it was. A pageturner/audio addiction it is, mainly because I was waiting for Katniss to wake up and become the girl we fell in love with. It never happened. In fact, the entire book, with the exception of a few moments, can be summed up as "meh."
(Minor SPOILERS ahead)
What earned the book two more stars is the moment I took to step back and really look at the book from outside the eyes of an adoring reader. Katniss is seventeen. She has no power in government save being "the mockingjay" and no true love for either boy in her little triangle. As a reader I expected her to at least progress somehow. To rise up and lead her people. But she didn't. And when you get down to it, how could she? It's fantastical to think a 17 yr old could hold such power in a book but the author was trying to maintain realism... I think... though it earned no love from her readers. I suppose we must remind ourselves that most stories end with a happy ending and we expect this. Grand triumph. Since we didn't get that we feel robbed. But the ending did remain true to the devastation that the Capitol inflicted on Katniss. She's a tramatized war soldier.
As for the love triangle... there's really no love in it. Gale summed it up pretty easy in the book. I found it strange that one of them just gave her up and the other accepted their circumstance together as if after all that they should just accept being together. I didn't feel love, I felt fondness.
This is not a love story (I think many of the readers think that is what this book should be about). This is about taking life and dealing with the consequences of your actions. It is about examining your actions and the actions of others. It is about PTSD and about the fight to recover. I think this is a book that every young person should read. The value of Suzanne Collins' words, thoughts and ideas is almost unmeasurable.
Some reviewers imply the book isn't good because there is no happy everafter. I have 2 comments: 1st- There often isn't a happy everafter for those who have endured war. 2nd- I applaud Ms. Collins for not falling for the need for happpy everafter and staying true to her story.
disappointed. I was NOT. It isn't a happy story. Not one part of it. I kept expecting it to get worse. I don't think it did. No it isn't a fairytale ending, but I don't know how a story this dark could get any closer. All in all, I enjoyed the entire series. Now, I think I will find a mindless, happy story with a happy ending .... mmm... In which Pooh goes in search of Honey. :)
The last book of the Hunger Games trilogy did not hold my attention as the other two did.
This book is a letdown.