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....
Read the entire series with my wife. Loved the first two books, but everyone I know who has read this book says the same thing, This one was phoned in. Katniss doesn't grow, doesn't live up to the charter Collins set her up to be, and overall the story is tedious. After finishing this book, it seemed that Katniss spent most of the book huddled in a corner whining while things happened around her.
It also feels like it was only written to be a movie (since Hunger Games was already in production when this was released) with a twilight-esque love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale forced in.
When you read a story like this you want the hero/heroine to be inspiring, someone who takes the terrible things happening and overcomes them, but the Mockingjay did not deliver. And the epilogue really felt like Collins' editor made her tack it on to "give the folks a happy ending."
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
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.
Mockingjay was my favorite out of the series. All three books were wonderful and had their own strengths but Mockingjay was my favorite. This series is funny at times, heartbreaking at times, and infuriating the rest of the time. I do not want to give anything away so all I will say is that if you have read the first two books and think you have seen the worst of it you are wrong some of the things that happen in this book were enough to drive the listener crazy with why’s and how’s. This was a great end to a wonderful series. I now need to take a break and relisten to something to give my mind time to get away from The Hunger Games Series (I can still hear The Hanging Tree, it’s haunting). As with the first two books I would recommend Catching Fire to any adult and leave it up to the parents of children since these books are very violent.
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.
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.
Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!
We all know that reading to our kids is important, but how many times can an adult read Eric Carle's beloved "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" (1969) out loud before, well, you're bored?
A few months into being a mom, I hit upon the idea of reading a kids' book (or three or five, some of them are very short) and then a few pages of a book I loved. I read them J.R.R. Tolkein's "The Hobbit" (1937), followed by "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (1954); the entire C.S. Lewis "Chronicles of Narnia" (1950-1956); Daniel Handler's "Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events"" (1999-2006); and, of course, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (1997-2007). If I'd stuck with simple kids books at bedtime, I wouldn't have kept it up reading to them - for a dozen years.
My now teenaged kids and I still listen to books together, but on drives and on Audible. We all love "The Hunger Games", and my kids don't mind hearing it although they've already read the text.
Katniss Everdeen is a strong character, morally certain but with a teenager's inability to see the world beyond what it means and does to her. Katniss doesn't want to be a symbol of the Rebellion, but she is coerced into the role. Suzanne Collins captures that time of life so perfectly that I remembered myself at a 17. I unexpectedly found myself more patient with my kids, and that's not something I expected from a dystopian novel.
The Audible has an Easter egg: there's an interview with Collins after the book ends. It turns out Collins wrote for television for years, which explains her the strong broadcast emphasis.
"Mockingjay" is the most violent and disturbing book of the trilogy, so make sure your kids are ready for it (plot summaries are all over the net).
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I didn't know what to expect from some of the negative reviews so I tried to prepare myself for the worst. This may have proved to be my favorite book perhaps because of the inner turmoil the characters go through. Yes, it was dark, sad and bittersweet. But it was realistic I thought in how it portrayed war and the moral lines that get crossed. If you are looking for a happy story, this isn't it, but it is a great story. Not everything in war is black and white and this last segment of the trilogy had a lot of irony in it.
I thought the ending did get tied up nicely and I was happy there was an epilogue which I thought to be a realistic and bittersweet ending to the story.
I thought Carolyn McCormick did an outstanding job in all the books but especially in this book with the emotional turmoil that runs throughout.