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One only needs the attention span greater than that of a mayfly to enjoy this book. It does not have a Hollywood ending or a romantic resolution. Nor should it. The characters of Katniss and Peeta each go through their own forms of hell over and over. To expect that all will be cheery and bright at the end is naive. After the first Hunger Game, Katniss has begun her journey through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Subsequent experiences and losses only make things worse and culminate in a final act of violence. To expect a miraculous recovery and a happily ever after right after the war's end would be fantasy indeed. Even though the setting of these books is set in a alternate future, the entire series is a comment on our society's embrace of the shallow and morally corrupt where right and wrong can be rationalized by a change of perspective. If you're looking for the drivel to be found in the Twilight series, this ain't it. This is the whole steak: Meat, fat, bone and gristle.
What a disappointing end to a trilogy that started so well. It seems stat the writer was determined to give the final book even more edge and somehow got sidetracked into a depressing tailspin of despair. All the strength of the characters seems gone in this book and so does the writer. I was very disappointed as I finished the book and the nagging feeling of having witnessed a mistake keeps lingering. I really hope that this was what the writer wanted with this book and not that she got caught up in a depressing tailspin.
I'm not sure what others expected, but I felt a well rounded ending to the story. The unexpected death and the issues and horrors that Katniss has to face in this last book are well put together and executed. I am sure there could have been alternate endings and perhaps a litle more time spend in the epilogue could have help to end it a little more cleanly. Well written and well read I would certainly recoomend this to any teen/young adult and is also an enjoyable story for other listeners.
This book was a bad end to a great series. Way to violent and disgusting, and heartbreakingly sad. It was okay I guess, but definitely not my favorite book. :(
Of course, I won't say how it ends, but I will say that the ending made sense and definitely finished this story. I still like the complexity of Katniss's character. Even Peeta takes on some new, surprising characteristics. I felt that there was excessive violence in the middle of the book where one horrific scene followed another. At this point the violence seemed rather pointless - like the author was writing the book for people who like Grand Theft Auto video games or slasher movies. Otherwise, I would've given it a 4th star.
After listening to the first two books in this series, I read several reviews of Mockingjay. I was a bit nervous, as it seemed many fans were not pleased with this book, but a couple of the reviews praised its realism and hopefulness, and those reviewers seemed very satisfied. As I was listening, I was every bit as enthralled and entertained as I was when listening to the first two books. Suzanne Collins provides us with an opportunity to ask ourselves what a society should sacrifice to be reasonably comfortable, do means justify ends, who/what defines your life, and can you find personal happiness in chaos and recover from a life spent living in terror. I enjoyed every minute, and I am completely satisfied with the end. There is plenty of heartache, loss, violence, and grief; however, there is also hope, triumph of spirit, love, and honor in this book. Many thanks to the author, the narrator, and to audible for this enriching and reflective tale!
I really really enjoyed all 3 books! Maybe I'm silly, but I didn't see the twists coming when they did or it ending the way it did! I enjoyed the strong female character and the development of the other characters as well. I also like books that make you think a bit about the future and where we are heading. This one did that. Sometimes we think that our current state will last for ever, and that isn't exactly the case. So not only is this an enjoyable read but a warning of sorts.
I've been cheering for Peeta the entire time, and when she finally gives into her feelings its so quick. The ending just happens and it's done. Almost rushed. I kind of felt cheated of the happy ending. At least in a fairy tale you get to watch them fall in love before they say,"And they lived happily ever after." I didn't even get to witness her falling in love. (Which isn't the point of the book I know, but one of the reasons I loved it)
Still, I loved this series and would highly recommend it!!
Mockingjay is a good ending to great story. Maybe it's not as neat and pretty as some would like but war never is no matter who the victor. If you have read the first two books then don't skip this one. Just be prepared for a more realistic ending than a fairy tale one.