The first two books in this series were good, not as good as the reviews here, but good.
This book is nonsensical. Characters are thrown away without any common sense, the main character's hero complex is blindly followed by adults in the story... totally unbelievable. This here has no special ability, no super powers, just a bad attitude and severe mental issues... but that is good enough for characters to just dash after her to their demise.
Then to top it off, the goose chase in the last 2/3 of the book comes to an end with a big empty nothing.
The ending was okay, but the first 3/4 is like wading through trash.
The narration was excellent at times.
This series has me completely in love with the characters. Suzanne has me listening to all three books again. Still completely absorbed.
If you've read my review of "Hunger Games," you know I gave it 5 stars. Although I had some concerns about the author's style and lack of emotion I felt from the characters in it, the story was engaging enough for me to "read" it pretty well straight through.
I dropped my rating down to 2 stars for the second book and I'm guess I'm forced to give this book 1 star, although I begrudge it that 1 star. My headline for this review says it all. If anyone figures out that there is a plot to this book and can explain to me how any of it makes any sense, please let me know.
Anyone want to join me in rooting for President Snow? That's how little I find myself caring about any of the other characters in this third book of the trilogy.
I'm about half way through the third book. Maybe, I'll ask someone how it ends so I don't have to suffer through the rest.
After reading many rough reviews, specifically about the ending, I didn't even get this book until months after reading #2. (and oh yeah, because #2 was just a repeat of #1)
Well, surprisingly, I thought the ending was fine. So many reviews spoke poorly of it's ending that perhaps I was expecting the worst. Well, it wasn't that bad. However, the overall book was. It really wasn't about a revolution, or how governments are build. It was just about one person, and her life. How can someone help her enemies, and hate her best friends?...ridiculous. And too many characters spend too much time in a drug educed high.
If you have read the first book (really good) and just need to read the series, go for it. It's not a total waste of time. Just don't expect the same quality. You'll be disappointed.
Having just finished this audiobook only a few hours ago, I have to say I'm kind of torn as to how I feel about it. While the tone by the end of the story is incredibly dark (and what puts off probably a larger part of who listen) its pretty clear the foundation for this was laid down early on. By the end of the second book you have a pretty good impression that both the rebels are about as underhanded as the capital and that Katniss has been made a pawn by them the same way she was by the capital. so as you could imagine, book three follows a similar trajectory, Katniss forced into dangerous situations while a camera watches (this time as a propaganda piece for the rebels). As I said, the foundation for a lot of what goes on is laid out in the earlier books, so much so that I could guess one of the twists going in (lets see, what would be the most ironic and tragic way to end a story like this).As far as wrapping up the story goes, I get the feeling either Suzanne Collins needed to write a longer book (the story leapfrogs from one major plot point to another within a matter of sentences at one point) or split this into two books (as I'm sure it will be split into two films, ala Harry Potter 7 and Breaking Dawn) since it requires far too much telling than showing the major events of the story just to fit things into this short book. There's also the issue of the symbolism. As far as metaphors go, the
I've never been a big fan of young adult fiction (I didn't start to really read until I switched to more mature works) to start with but the Hunger Games trilogy is some of the best, the only work of this kind of fiction that surpasses it in quality, Warm Bodies, does so only because it also happens to surpass most other non-young adult genre fiction in prose and characterization. As it is, Mockingjay is my least favorite of the books. While I had some issues with the original, the time spent expositing the dystopian future and pageantry of the Hunger Games before Katniss found herself at odds with the other kids left me with problems with the pacing, I prefer Catching Fire since it required less exposition and is almost all story, Mockingjay is actually more story than Collins can fit into just one book, add to that that most of the story is written to establish the rebels are just as bad, if not worst than the people in the capital (try to imagine the first story told from the capital's point of view [with Katniss siding with them] and you get some idea how bleak this is).
While I can see myself watching a film version of Catching Fire, Mockingjay would be quite a trial to get through. Aside from someone like David Fincher splitting this up into two films I can't see anyone else making this anything but a depressing watch of a movie, let alone compelling.
If you have to know how things turn out, better to finish here than leave off with the cliffhanger at the end of Catching Fire. There is some closure by the end, thank god, but at a large cost. The prose isn't terrible, though the metaphor of the mockingjay (though it reverberates through the theme of things repeating themselves, Katniss re-evaluating her life and the choices she's made) doesn't compare to that of the themes and symbolism of the earlier books, the cynicism of the story will turn a lot of people off (Katniss is hardly the strong female role model here she was in the first book) and the motif of satirizing reality television has far overstayed its welcome by this point (though it successfully blurs the lines between the villainy of the capital and rebels, it also makes the scenes themselves seem to blur together).
Keeps you guessing
The twists and turns.
Just as good as the others. I love listening to her read.
I was sad that the series came to an end.
The name is Katie. Account says Kevin, but I'm the one actually listening and writing reviews.
A wonderful reader and a wonderful story line come together for a wonderful experience.
Suzanne Collins has an amazing talent with first person writing. Typically I do not enjoy first person writing, however, Collins pulls it off wonderfully. She manages to create an endearing believable character who does not come across as arrogant or unreal. I consistently sympathized with Katniss and she inspired me.
The other characters are memorable as well, with depth and real development.
Collins also approaches the concept of the 'love triangle' in a way that did not irritate me. It's the story of a young girl torn between her familiar world and budding feelings. It's realistic, even relatable.
Finally, I'd like to point out that the political voice in the novels stays consistent and Collins delivers a powerful message with her series.
Definitely one of my favorite series.
Very few redeeming traits. Everything goes wrong and your left with a blue mood. Whatever happened to happy win win endings?
This was a satisfying conclusion to the series. The overall writing is still very much YA, but I did get hooked into the story line and was riveted throughout. There was some gaps in the story, but not enough of an issue to cause a distraction.
Even though the ending wasn't the classic hero reaching the pinnacle of existence, I really liked it. The hero didn't get the ticker tape parade, didn't become president, didn't live in the lap of luxury with the big house and many servants. She went home alone, to her destroyed district, without her family and started rebuilding her life. I can relate to that.
In real life, hero's might have their moment in the spotlight, but then they blend back into the woodwork and lead a fairly normal life.
If I had to rate the three books, this one was my favorite followed by "The Hunger Games", then "Catching Fire".
When I first heard about these books, I just couldn't wrap my brain around the concept, it made my stomach hurt to think about children being sent to an arena to fight to the death. A friend convinced me to give them a try, so I did on Audio books, and before I knew it I had listened to all 3.
This story, is so well told I can still close my eyes and see the Seam, or the Capitol, or Catniss. Carolyn Mccormick does an amazing job as narrator.
I am a 46 year old mom who reads a little bit of everything, I loved this story, I realize it was written intended for young adults, parents if you are looking for a way to connect with your teens, read this, they will love it you will love it. It has started many great conversations in my home and with other kids.