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.
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 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.
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.
Mrs. Cat Williams
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.
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."
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...
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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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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.