The book is fantastic and will leave you crying for all the characters involved.
Personally I started reading this novel a little skeptical because I have found (in my past experience) that dystopian novels generally don't end in a place that leaves you feeling satisfied, instead they generally end with something that makes you go "and....." So I was quite pleased that Mockingjay was able to tie up every lose end (even if it leaves you balling in public) but at the end of the book you'll feel like you were involved in something special.
Through this trilogy I have become very attached to Katniss Everdeen, Peta, and Gale but Suzanne crafts the novel so expertly that in the end you are willing to say goodbye and thank them for such an excellent experience that the novel brought to you.
Overall this book is a real keeper and something that will stay imprinted on your heart.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
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.
I just finished and after having really enjoyed the first two I was really disappointed. I am afraid of even slightly spoiling this for anyone so I give warning I will not reveal what happens but it may be contrived from what I have to say from this point on.
I felt the story had so many opportunities for what may have been somewhat predictable to the average adult, but satisfying conclusions, and yet it did none of that. It came so close- to the point where i found myself annoyed wanting the story to just get to it, and then it almost does, but by sort of narrating what happens through what Katniss is told rather than by showing us, which would have been far more interesting, and what happens falls so short of answers. I don't know if I am making sense, but those who read Catching Fire will remember the last chapter where we are told what Katniss is told by her mentor about what happened after the hunger games. So much of the end of this book as well as much of the middle is like this. As though the author did not really know herself what she wanted to happen and threw something together at the last minute to just finish the book.
It reminds me of the days when I would write a book report on a book I only half read and then looked at the cliff notes for the ending and interpreted it slightly wrong in the retelling.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
In the third installment of her trilogy, Suzanne Collins had two daunting tasks -- raise the stakes of the hunger games to the next level, and broaden her futuristic dystopian metaphor for contemporary sociopolitical currents. She succeeds to a large degree:
Katniss comes to view the invasion of the Capital as a version of the hunger games that makes the entire city the arena, especially since the gamesmakers have deployed arena-like booby-traps to defend their streets. And the rebel leaders quickly become the evil twin of Snow's regime, an equally insidious socialist version of his fascist dictatorship, exploiting the zeal of the downtrodden rebel masses.
But in my personal opinion, she goes too far. The climactic battle sequences are just too brutal -- the violence of the first two books, hardly subtle, becomes a barrage of sledgehammers to our collective psyche, perhaps gratuitously so. And where her allegory for the politics of our time had previously been spot on, Collins falls back too easily on one of the problems of our current political discourse -- false equivalency.
Just quibbles, though, in an otherwise excellent finale to her unparalleled series.
Not so minor of a quibble, though is the continued narration of Carolyn McCormick. While her overall reading is more tolerable, all of a sudden her voicing of the men becomes comical, annoyingly comical, especially Gale and Peeta, who sound like a couple of sluggos.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
OF COURSE I HATE EVERYONE, MYSELF MOST.
If you listened to the first two books and thought the gladiator games were so cool, but were a little annoyed with Katanis's whining all the time, and her personality or lack of, so was worried, could this be as good. The answer is, it could not. Katanis is now twice as whinny. It starts out as anti-war, putting down present day America for having wars. So to solve this problem they go to war. I also did not think that the capitol would be so stupid as to put Peter on TV live. It was never explained why he was not taped, so they could better control what was said. I was hesitant to get this, but it was recommend by someone I am following. If you are following me, I do not recommend this. Get the first two books, they are good, pass on this one.
The narrator was good and occasionally sounded like Barbra Walters.
SOME WALKS YOU HAVE TO TAKE ALONE.
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
I was thoroughly disappointed that Ms. Collins let me down. She originally wrote about a resourceful, strong willed, brave young girl who was meant to survive in the district and become a leader of many districts. She made HG a page turner, or I hungered to keep listening to my audiobook! CF was good, but I expected more for the last book, instead it became a drag to finish. Katniss kept her family alive by hunting, with survival skills and raw energy. HG, Katniss was a selfless girl who saved her sisters' life by sacrificing herself. Instead by CF she starts to loose that control, to the third, MJ , what do we get? *(spoiler) A girl who's can't make up her mind who she loves, is just a pawn or puppet used by others, and becomes this spineless, whiney girl, who's drugged on morphfling, much way that Haymitch strayed in character as a drunk though out the trilogy. Just as the action gets exciting, she gets knocked out, and ends the buildup, the rebels won, we read or are told the Capitol fell, and no Katniss in it.. What a let-down. Prim is barely in the story, but yet we are supposed to feel remorse when she dies. Prim dying meant nothing, I don't know why Ms. Collins portrayed Katniss this way. It turned me off, and was left wishing the story would move on, and tired of people around her dying. . By the time the back third of the story was upon me, I just wanted it to end. I felt disattached. I felt no joy that the Capitol fell, or the rebels won.
She didn't choose Peeta, she ended up with him because he was the only one who stayed.
Just to have kids because Peeta wanted them, and raised them on the ashes of her people in the bombed district. I felt that Ms. Collins wrote this book just as if pushed to finish it for a big movie deal.
I need to read reviews.
If I ever write a book or trilogy, then I am going to make sure I have a prepared answers for why I chose to write it, or follow the direction of that book or series. I am not impressed with the let down of the trilogy.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I gave in and read the third installment!
Mostly this was because of pressure from my 12 y.o. (whom just finished reading it and wanted me to be as entertained as she was). This at least shows that the target audience (ie, not middle aged men in grey suits) are getting something out of it. That has to be a plus.
I'll give her (my daughter) this, the third book is certainly the pick of the three. It finally got to a point (although it was not the point I was hoping it would make). I still found the plot predictable, but I won't spoil it for those contemplating the listen by explaining it or disclosing the point I hoped it would make. I did like the little tribute to Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451", and the segue to Greek mythology's Castor and Pollox and the ironical reflection that they are here helping the Theseus character, not challenging it for the return of Helen (later of of Troy). However, I still can't understand how it can be the case that Amazon reports that this series had 29 of the highest 100 highlighted passages on Kindle, and, more recently, 17 of the top 20 (according to Wiki). Maybe it is on the school reading list.
As to the performance, I regret to write that I still can't get into Ms McCormick's performance. The characters voices are too similar (Peeta and Hamich, for example) and too stylised (Plutarch, Clarissa and Efie, for example). Admittedly her Katniss is close to Lawerence's delivery in the films, but that is where the tribute must stop.
Finally, I thought the short commentary at the end by the author was interesting and might have benefited from coming at the beginning of the Series, rather than at its conclusion.
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.
Yes, really interesting story, but a little sad at how it was all ended. It could have used a fourth book to continue the detail of the first two books.
All were really well developed
She brings a nice suspense to important scenes throughout the book
No, but I would have liked a different ending.
Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.
Just like the previous two books, I really love how easy it is to get lost in the world that Collins created. The way she describes things just brings them to life. I especially love how easy it is to relate to the characters. Each one has an entirely unique set of circumstances that influence their personality, and Collins gives so much insight into their psyche--I feel like I know these people. I think that's part of what has helped make this series such a success. You really become invested in the characters.