Like the last two books, this one was fast paced, full of surprise plot twists, and hard to put down. However, the plot was so relentlessly grim that I felt worn out by it. I would have liked to see more humor and some lighter moments.
As with the last two books, the narration was excellent.
Yes!! Without a doubt! I wish there was more coming..
There was several twists throughout the entire book. Loved it!
I loved the way she portrayed Effie.. Her voice was spot on..
Yes. I wish I could listen to the entire trilogy over and over again..
I was eager to get to book three after how great the stories were built in book one and two. My disappointment comes from how the main character's abilities failed to grow, unexplained content (mentioned parts were left to wonder), and just a depressing story.
I am not sure. I normally do not limit readings by author, but more by the story of the book. I do enjoy series where the main character grows in knowledge, abilities, confidence, etc. so if this is the style of the author - I would probably not.
Clear, concise, a bit mono-toned.
I would rather more content be added than cut. I did not agree with how Katniss and Gale's relationship ended after having been so close for so many years. I felt the story needed more content around actions leading up to Coin and her end. If it was necessary for Prim to die - there should be a better explanation surrounding why.
The Trilogy is written with a 7th grade vocabulary, but written so well a voracious reader will not object.
Overall I enjoyed this series but I wanted to echo what some other readers have already said: I didn't think the narrator was right for the job. The voice (Katniss) wasn't too bad but the performance seemed very off, there was strange emphasis on words that didn't allow for sentences flow and I didn't enjoy any of the other character voices. I definitely won't be purchasing anything else read by Carolyn McCormick.
Was there a rule that said there HAD to be a third book? That's how it feels while you are listening to the story. I was very disappointed and even annoyed at the character by the time the book drew to a close. The first two were good. This one was really bad! I wish I had gotten something else.
Loved books 1 and 2 - by the time book 3 came around, honestly it was just more of the same. I really wanted to love it, but didn't.
Most likely the narrator. Give the girl the strength she deserves. I got the feeling if I read the book I might enjoy it. This is because unlike the narrator who makes Catnice sound weak I picture a strong and self confident person, one with normal fears but strong enough to always survive.
Great story line. Give the characters more strength. Get rid of so much of the mellow drama.
Here is a girl, our heroin, who takes on the establishment yet the narrator makes her sound like a weak, ultra-over-dramatic looser. She takes the mellow drama to new levels. In fact, after 5 minutes I couldn't take it any more, I was litterally ready to stab myself in the ear with an ice pick! (how's that for over dramatic!) I'll have to read the book if I want to know what happens.
The trilogy starts with its strongest book and ends with its weakest. Collins is at her best when she describes the Hunger Games and the dystopia behind it. When she writes about the process of revolution, however, the result feels less compelling to me. She tries to give too much of the big picture through Katniss. Also, Collins is too casual in killing off characters toward the end.
Here is where writing for a teen audience destroys this series. Katniss has turned into an angst ridden, mopey teenager. She's lost her sweetness and approachability and has become a whiney and self destructive train reck.
Maybe from a teenager's perspective it would go down easier but a 17 year old with this much control: coming up with speeches off the cuff powerful enough to intimidate a president and carry an uprising is thoroughly ridiculous and completely out of character for her. Then there was the action movie cliche of disobeying orders an barely escaping while saving the day. Blah, blah, blah.
By the end of this book, I hated every single character except Gale. I was so stunned by the terrible ending that I was unable to express my disappointment for hours. How could she write 2 books so well and flop so badly on the last? It truly ruined the entire series for me.