I found the first two books of the series to be enjoyable and thought-provoking. Any first book of a series is full of discovery and often the most eye-opening as was The Hunger Games. The second book can sometimes be a sophomore slump, but I thought Catching Fire was as entertaining and moving as the first.
I anticipated Mockingjay would hold the same kind of discovery and adventure. Instead, I found the plot to be haphazard and confusing. I was left with questions throughout the book. I expected many to be answered by the book's end, but as the time wound down I became frustrated knowing that some of my questions would not have answers.
The dark edge of the book did not bother me and I enjoyed Carolyn McCormick's narration. She has become a character of the audiobook series.
With all that said, if you are a fan of the book, you will undoubtedly have to listen to this book, too. While I am disappointed in some of the aspects of the book, I do not regret listening to it.
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 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 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.
Normally the second book in a trilogy is the most difficult to write. Yet in this it seems as if this third book was the one that was off kilter for Collins. Perhaps it was the pressure of the success of the first two. Or perhaps it was simply difficult to end. Regardless, I found the book to be somewhat disappointing. Katniss, who never really understands her role or grows into it, becomes a whining brat. She became a heroine with no redeeming characteristics. Constantly hurt, unable to support a single person, she is a liability to the rebellion. While she displays moments of being a "real live girl" they are short lived and she is undependable at all turns. Gale, on the other hand, is a far more interesting character and becomes better developed. But then Collins just throws him away at the end. And Katniss, of course, watches without doing anything. She doesn't even follow up later when things have settled down. The story line was hard to follow and did not have the "edge" the first two books had. It was just another war story at that point. The fact that Collins brought back the arena was irrelevant because she didn't really use it. When the war ends, neither side is really victorious, which is a typical ending to any war in fiction or real life. The ending lets you know what happened to everyone, but it is disappointing. I looked forward to this book for months, but it was all hype. McCormick reads the book in the same style as the first two and I have to give her credit for keeping outrage at the cardboard handling of the characters out of the narrative. Nothing is new or fresh in this book. Save your money if you wish, although it will be tough to not finish the series if you've read the first two.
once scholar, now bibliophile
I'm assuming if you're reading this, you've already read/listened to the first two books and plan to read the last but are looking here to see what to expect.
Throughout the trilogy there is the opportunity for the characters to develop, but yet they remain shallow and in many cases one-dimensional. For example, Katniss, who plays the part of a pawn throughout the first two books, never redeems herself. Towards the end of the book when she has the opportunity to kill Snow, she has one moment to become a strong and worthy character; the reason behind the decision she finally makes neither builds her character nor endears her to the reader. In fact, the reader is never quite sure why she makes her decision--there are only brief allusions. Also, her decisions throughout the book are so contrived, I believe the general adult reader sees most of the action coming.
I'm the type of reader who expresses herself verbally when she reads (or listens to) a book; very often I'm like that annoying person in the theatre who laughs too loudly or yells out, "Don't go in there!" This book made no impression on me. While it was still a "page turner" and I listened to the audiobook for nearly the twelve hours straight, there is nothing in this novel that really stands out as original or philosophical. I'm never in love with any of the characters with the exception of Prim or Finnick, and as such I never had an overwhelming response to who dies. Katniss isn't strong, she's dull. Gale isn't down to earth, he's vengeful. Peeta isn't peace loving, he's broken. The story is tragic but predictable. It's clear that Collins never loves her Katniss the way Hardy loved his Tess, Larsson loved his Salander, or even Meyer loves her Bella.
One note on the narration: sometimes it is difficult to determine if a character is speaking or if it is part of Katniss's inner dialogue. McCormick doesn't adjust her voice enough sometimes for me to hear the difference.
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 got my audible account and bought this book to go on a road trip with my kids - son is 13, daughter, 15. This was a compromise over trying to agree on music. In the past, we've listened to Harry Potter and Gregor the Overlander series on road tripsand enjoyed them, but this was by far my favorite.I didn't even realize when I bought it that this was the same author as the Gregor series, which I also highly recommend, especially for kids between 7 and 11ish.
I am not usually this excited about books targeted at teens. I am not a fan of Twilight or any of the other teen books, so I was surprised at how much I was looking forward to each book. My son had already read the series and really enjoyed the narration.
I listened to all three books within a week. I paid for the last two books without any credits because it was still a few days to the end of the month. I cannot recommend it enough.
I thought Katniss Everdeen was a very complex character, not a spineless whiner or an unnaturally sophisticated teen. She was written as a real girl of her age, sometimes childish, sometimes wise, and very thoughtful.
While her voices are not perfect- I am sure it is difficult to create so many vocally distinct characters- she really does a great job. I don't know what more I would be looking for in the narration, considering this is not an audio play, it is one person.
I really don't tend to have extreme reactions. I was very involved in the story and bought all three books in one week, so I guess for me, that is extreme.
Reading the reviews that came before, this is clearly a love it - hate it book. The author has never held back on the grittiness, and I'm not sure why people would expect her to in the finale.
If you're looking for sunshine and light at the end of this series, you'll probably give this book one or two stars. If you're not squeamish and go into it a bit more realistic about what the author has in store, you'll probably like it.
It's The Hunger Games, people, not Eat, Pray, Love.