The final installment of a story is always vulnerable to the wrath of distraught fans. I suspect that there is a psychological filter made of feelings of angst and abandonment that we, the readers, unconsciously wear like glasses as we read the end of something we have enjoyed. Of the three "Hunger Games" stories, I cared for "Mockingjay" the least, but I think my feelings are tainted by my sadness over this being the end.
I liked how Collins avoided the typical shiny ending. This isn't to say that the ending doesn't shine, but it was a story about people living in an aggressive, post-apocalyptic society...logically, the reader must suspect that it won't end with rainbows, unicorns and happiness as far as the eye can see!
My strongest complaint is the nagging suspicion that Collins was under the gun to finish the final chapters, and therefore crammed a bunch of ideas into a chapter or two at the end.
Having read the first two books in this trilogy, I'm glad that I bought this book. The best word I can come up with for the ending is anticlimactic; it was really good, but felt abandoned at the very end.
i live in the kentucky bluegrass and enjoy coffee in the morning while listening to a great book.
i've read them all and while the first one was really good (despite storyline itself) i didn't care for the second or this third one. i got an hour into it and gave up. nope. couldn't do it. don't waste your time.
The first two "Hunger Games" books were so well written......you care about about the characters and are left wanting more.......it seems as if the ending were rushed in this final of the trilogy......either way it was well worth the time spent, and I have not read anything recently as riveting.
Flawless story, flawless ending, flawless narration. This is one of the best books I've ever "read" my only criticism is that it ended the series and took Katniss out of my life!
Actually, this was probably a very good story, but we didn't get to hear any of it first-hand because our protagonist was passed out or high on pain killers for half of the book. Eventually another character will wonder in and give us a couple sentences to get us caught up on what we missed while our eyes to this world were closed.
This might have been a GREAT story if we could have seen it through any other characters' eyes. I would have liked Haymitch's view.
The only reason that I didn't give it one star is because you're already stuck having to listen because you invested 20+ hours of your life in the first two books (which WERE good).
I was completely disappointed in Mockingjay. I could not believe how disjointed it was and how it dragged on worse than Catching Fire. More importantly, I could not believe the ending. I am rarely let down with the ending of books, but I was actually upset with this one. So much so, I did something I never do. I immediately started listening to another book in the hope of erasing the ???bad taste in my mouth???.
While I really don???t want to recommend this book, I think if you take the time to listen to the first two you should go ahead with this one, but only because it takes you through the rebellion. Collins does an excellent job depicting the war just as she did the hunger games and the lives and people in the districts and capitol.
I really liked the last installment of this series. Some reviewers have said it is too fatalistic and a let down but Suzanne Collins has blended just about a perfect mix of tradegy, hope and sadness. I have really enjoyed Carolyn McCormick's maturing with our hero as the books have been written and I think the ending is perfect. - all 3 books are roughly 33 hours but very enjoyable.
I have read reviews of this book voicing disappointment in the ending. I think they miss the point. My husband says three things motivate politicians???fear, greed and fear. This final book supports this theory. There is a lesson to be learned about a society that functions this way. We all pay a price. When one looks at the level of violence of the first two books how did anyone think the pain of it all could be alleviated in the final chapters of the series. Emotional trauma inflicts pain as real as physical injury, unintended consequences can be as destructive planned outcomes, and love doesn???t concur all. The book ends as it should. I don???t think it gives away anything to say that in fiction as in reality, time does heal most things and we all need to learn how to be resilient. It is what will make survivors of us all.
While I thought that this whole story, from the first book to this one, was a bit of a cheap rip off of 1984, it had the potential to be entertaining, and to a modest degree fulfilled that potential. The biggest issue with this book was not the book, it was the narrator. She constantly over emphasised words that clearly were not meant to be over emphasized, enunciated in awkward places, and generally made a mess of this book. Add to that the way she made all of the characters, especially the lead protagonist, sound like whinny, pathetic wimps and you have all the makings of a horrible story. She should never narrate another book again, and certainly not one that is a best seller.