Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....
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"At its best the trilogy channels the political passion of 1984, the memorable violence of A Clockwork Orange, the imaginative ambience of The Chronicles of Narnia and the detailed inventiveness of Harry Potter." (New York Times Book Review)
"Unfolding in Collins' engaging, intelligent prose and assembled into chapters that end with didn't-see-that-coming cliffhangers, this finale is every bit the pressure cooker of its forebears. [Mockingjay] is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow." (Los Angeles Times)
"Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire." (Entertainment Weekly)
I love listening to books when cycling, paddleboarding, etc but I press pause when I need to concentrate. Its safer & I don't lose the plot!
I really enjoyed the first in the trilogy. The second was good, but with a weak ending. The third was desperate.
I had problems keeping up with the plot. Interesting characters became insipid, and there were no new ones to inject interest. Battle scenes were hard to visualise, pointless and ludicrous, at times
The final showdown with Snow was such an anticlimax and a missed opportunity, and it was hard to listen to the sombre epilogue with a straight face, given the preceding shambles.
Mockingjay was my favorite out of the series. All three books were wonderful and had their own strengths but Mockingjay was my favorite. This series is funny at times, heartbreaking at times, and infuriating the rest of the time. I do not want to give anything away so all I will say is that if you have read the first two books and think you have seen the worst of it you are wrong some of the things that happen in this book were enough to drive the listener crazy with why’s and how’s. This was a great end to a wonderful series. I now need to take a break and relisten to something to give my mind time to get away from The Hunger Games Series (I can still hear The Hanging Tree, it’s haunting). As with the first two books I would recommend Catching Fire to any adult and leave it up to the parents of children since these books are very violent.
once scholar, now bibliophile
I'm assuming if you're reading this, you've already read/listened to the first two books and plan to read the last but are looking here to see what to expect.
Throughout the trilogy there is the opportunity for the characters to develop, but yet they remain shallow and in many cases one-dimensional. For example, Katniss, who plays the part of a pawn throughout the first two books, never redeems herself. Towards the end of the book when she has the opportunity to kill Snow, she has one moment to become a strong and worthy character; the reason behind the decision she finally makes neither builds her character nor endears her to the reader. In fact, the reader is never quite sure why she makes her decision--there are only brief allusions. Also, her decisions throughout the book are so contrived, I believe the general adult reader sees most of the action coming.
I'm the type of reader who expresses herself verbally when she reads (or listens to) a book; very often I'm like that annoying person in the theatre who laughs too loudly or yells out, "Don't go in there!" This book made no impression on me. While it was still a "page turner" and I listened to the audiobook for nearly the twelve hours straight, there is nothing in this novel that really stands out as original or philosophical. I'm never in love with any of the characters with the exception of Prim or Finnick, and as such I never had an overwhelming response to who dies. Katniss isn't strong, she's dull. Gale isn't down to earth, he's vengeful. Peeta isn't peace loving, he's broken. The story is tragic but predictable. It's clear that Collins never loves her Katniss the way Hardy loved his Tess, Larsson loved his Salander, or even Meyer loves her Bella.
One note on the narration: sometimes it is difficult to determine if a character is speaking or if it is part of Katniss's inner dialogue. McCormick doesn't adjust her voice enough sometimes for me to hear the difference.
I found this to be a wonderful ending to this epic trilogy. It went on so many twists and turns that I had no idea where it would end up. I would guess what would happen next, and though I was right, the book would amp up what just happened to levels I wasn't expecting. It is quite violent, but that's the nature of the series, and I applaud it for being so gritty. All in all, this is a series that should be read. Dark? Yes, but also quite moving.
As for the narration, I found it to be excellent. Carolyn McCormick did an excellent job of mixing up her voice for the various characters without being silly. Some of the voices, basically those of Capitol characters, might have seemed a bit silly, but that actually fit the characters best. All in all, she did a superb job!
I found the first two books of the series to be enjoyable and thought-provoking. Any first book of a series is full of discovery and often the most eye-opening as was The Hunger Games. The second book can sometimes be a sophomore slump, but I thought Catching Fire was as entertaining and moving as the first.
I anticipated Mockingjay would hold the same kind of discovery and adventure. Instead, I found the plot to be haphazard and confusing. I was left with questions throughout the book. I expected many to be answered by the book's end, but as the time wound down I became frustrated knowing that some of my questions would not have answers.
The dark edge of the book did not bother me and I enjoyed Carolyn McCormick's narration. She has become a character of the audiobook series.
With all that said, if you are a fan of the book, you will undoubtedly have to listen to this book, too. While I am disappointed in some of the aspects of the book, I do not regret listening to it.
Normally the second book in a trilogy is the most difficult to write. Yet in this it seems as if this third book was the one that was off kilter for Collins. Perhaps it was the pressure of the success of the first two. Or perhaps it was simply difficult to end. Regardless, I found the book to be somewhat disappointing. Katniss, who never really understands her role or grows into it, becomes a whining brat. She became a heroine with no redeeming characteristics. Constantly hurt, unable to support a single person, she is a liability to the rebellion. While she displays moments of being a "real live girl" they are short lived and she is undependable at all turns. Gale, on the other hand, is a far more interesting character and becomes better developed. But then Collins just throws him away at the end. And Katniss, of course, watches without doing anything. She doesn't even follow up later when things have settled down. The story line was hard to follow and did not have the "edge" the first two books had. It was just another war story at that point. The fact that Collins brought back the arena was irrelevant because she didn't really use it. When the war ends, neither side is really victorious, which is a typical ending to any war in fiction or real life. The ending lets you know what happened to everyone, but it is disappointing. I looked forward to this book for months, but it was all hype. McCormick reads the book in the same style as the first two and I have to give her credit for keeping outrage at the cardboard handling of the characters out of the narrative. Nothing is new or fresh in this book. Save your money if you wish, although it will be tough to not finish the series if you've read the first two.
I just finished and after having really enjoyed the first two I was really disappointed. I am afraid of even slightly spoiling this for anyone so I give warning I will not reveal what happens but it may be contrived from what I have to say from this point on.
I felt the story had so many opportunities for what may have been somewhat predictable to the average adult, but satisfying conclusions, and yet it did none of that. It came so close- to the point where i found myself annoyed wanting the story to just get to it, and then it almost does, but by sort of narrating what happens through what Katniss is told rather than by showing us, which would have been far more interesting, and what happens falls so short of answers. I don't know if I am making sense, but those who read Catching Fire will remember the last chapter where we are told what Katniss is told by her mentor about what happened after the hunger games. So much of the end of this book as well as much of the middle is like this. As though the author did not really know herself what she wanted to happen and threw something together at the last minute to just finish the book.
It reminds me of the days when I would write a book report on a book I only half read and then looked at the cliff notes for the ending and interpreted it slightly wrong in the retelling.
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
I was thoroughly disappointed that Ms. Collins let me down. She originally wrote about a resourceful, strong willed, brave young girl who was meant to survive in the district and become a leader of many districts. She made HG a page turner, or I hungered to keep listening to my audiobook! CF was good, but I expected more for the last book, instead it became a drag to finish. Katniss kept her family alive by hunting, with survival skills and raw energy. HG, Katniss was a selfless girl who saved her sisters' life by sacrificing herself. Instead by CF she starts to loose that control, to the third, MJ , what do we get? *(spoiler) A girl who's can't make up her mind who she loves, is just a pawn or puppet used by others, and becomes this spineless, whiney girl, who's drugged on morphfling, much way that Haymitch strayed in character as a drunk though out the trilogy. Just as the action gets exciting, she gets knocked out, and ends the buildup, the rebels won, we read or are told the Capitol fell, and no Katniss in it.. What a let-down. Prim is barely in the story, but yet we are supposed to feel remorse when she dies. Prim dying meant nothing, I don't know why Ms. Collins portrayed Katniss this way. It turned me off, and was left wishing the story would move on, and tired of people around her dying. . By the time the back third of the story was upon me, I just wanted it to end. I felt disattached. I felt no joy that the Capitol fell, or the rebels won.
She didn't choose Peeta, she ended up with him because he was the only one who stayed.
Just to have kids because Peeta wanted them, and raised them on the ashes of her people in the bombed district. I felt that Ms. Collins wrote this book just as if pushed to finish it for a big movie deal.
I need to read reviews.
If I ever write a book or trilogy, then I am going to make sure I have a prepared answers for why I chose to write it, or follow the direction of that book or series. I am not impressed with the let down of the trilogy.
Whats to tell I am your avarage 30something, with kids, a husband, job and life. Besides that I drive a lot and love to listen to books instead of the radio. I will stay up until 3am in bed listening if the book is worth it, and I have also been known to return a couple of books that I could not get threw the first chapter. I am a bad speller so I apoligize for it now, but will be honest about my reviews.
This was a great series, I would reccomend it to everyone. I loved the ending and the late nights, loss of sleep and extra coffee where worth it. Credit well spent.
This is not a love story (I think many of the readers think that is what this book should be about). This is about taking life and dealing with the consequences of your actions. It is about examining your actions and the actions of others. It is about PTSD and about the fight to recover. I think this is a book that every young person should read. The value of Suzanne Collins' words, thoughts and ideas is almost unmeasurable.
Some reviewers imply the book isn't good because there is no happy everafter. I have 2 comments: 1st- There often isn't a happy everafter for those who have endured war. 2nd- I applaud Ms. Collins for not falling for the need for happpy everafter and staying true to her story.
"A Tad too violent for me"
Having listened to the previous 2 books, I still dislike the narrators flat, monotone voice as the main character...they should not have let her sing for sure. Having said that, her characterisations/voices are better than the main characters voice, which is unusual.
I personally found this final book a little tedious, in spite of the action and was in fact relieved when it was over. Too much tummy button gazing with the internal monologues and spoken thoughts for my taste.
I also found that there was uncessary level of detail on the torture and violence, which was almost continuous throughout the book.
Having said that the plot was interesting with some surprises in store, so if you liked the prevous two books, you will not dislike this one...but not as good as the others in my view.
"At the edge of my seat"
As I had been waiting for since around the end of the first book or the beginning of the second, the Rebellion is in full swing. And while it does not play out like I had expected, it keeps the sense of realism which hooked me on the first book. The unexpectedness of the series in general is one thing that I really like about it.
There are no easy fixes for our main characters, but at the same time it is not all hopelessly dark either. Even though in this book, more than the others, the bright spots are few and far between.
If you have already read the other books, you definitely need to read the ending to the story. But if you have randomly stumbled upon this, and are reading the reviews to see what it's about, go and read/listen to the first book in the series; The Hunger Games.
Because this series does what really great SciFi does, it makes you forget it is about the future, and merely uses a made-up environment as a backdrop to explore the human condition. Though this one is hauntingly close to what we could find real. I found this book to be a wonderful conclusion. True, there is no Hollywood ending where every this is made okay, but it is not a greek tragedy either, where everyone are doomed from the beginning.
This series is quickly become one of my favorites, and I really like Carolyn McCormick's narration of it.
"Game Over... but do they live happily ever after?"
Katniss Everdeen is still fighting for her life. The Rebels have taken up their weapons in a seemingly useless war against the Capitol and its leader, the maniacal President Snow. Katniss has been used as a catalyst for war, manipulated into becoming The Mockingjay: a figurehead of political resistance, by another would-be-totalitarian leader, when all she ever wanted was to protect those she loves and live out a relatively peaceful existence.
However, the final book of The Hunger Games trilogy offers anything but peace. This is, by far, the most harrowing of the series. The book has received criticism from some for being "too dark", but surely Suzanne Collins needed to be dark in order to deal with the subjects of political oppression, identity crises, PTSD and familial loss? She affords her YA audience the respect of not "dumbing down" the messages of her series.
District 12 is gone. Katniss' best friend, Gale, is slowly becoming as ruthless in his methods as any of the game-makers ever were. And Peeta is gone, his mind "hijacked" by the Capitol so that now whenever he looks at Katniss, he feels the overwhelming urge to kill her. Katniss is slowly losing everything she has and everything she is to the war. And there's more to lose.
If you're looking for happy endings then I can't say that this is a book/series for you. After losing so much, fighting so much and both feeling and causing so much pain, how could Katniss get a fairytale "happily ever after"? She's fighting a war and thus there are inevitable casualties... some of them heart-wrenching.
If, however, you're looking for a great read with characters whose plight will keep you gripped, writing which echoes the dystiopia it weaves, and a heroine who is pretty darn cool, then I can't recommend The Hunger Games Trilogy enough!
Last book in the trilogy, but really a dissapointing end to a excellent series. The third instalment is poorly paced and at times very badly written with contradictions of things which were mentioned earlier. Leaves a few questions un answered, and with the ending we are given leaves you wondering what was the point of this book being written in the beginning, as it defeats itself in the point it was trying to make.....
"Weakest of the trilogy"
Having listened to the first two books I had to finish the series. I had hoped that Catching Fire suffered from 'middle book of trilogy syndrome' and Mockingjay would be an incredible ending... but sadly it was the weakest book of the lot. I found it hard to invest in Katniss and the other main characters (something that wasn't the case in the previous two books) and the plot was far weaker than either of the previous books. I wasn't expecting a happily ever after ending but I was still dissatisfied with the actual ending. It just didn't sit right with me. It is worth listening to if you have read/listened to the other books, but keep your expectations low.
Written so well. Loved the ending (not a soppy love ending). Narration was very good. Suzanne Collins has definitely out done herself with this book! Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
One of the most addictive series I have read.
The heart stopping moment when it became known that the previous victors of all the games were going to have to endure the whole trial again and there could only be one survivor..
Excellent reader, clear diction and a good repertoire of different "voices"
I was delighted to find she was reader of the whole series.
All 3 books of the series were absolutely addictive. and I read (listened to) them in a continuous sequence.
I am so glad this series was recommended to me by a friend. Because it had already been made into a film, I had disregarded it on principal, and would have misseed a great read.
"A fitting end"
It bugs me that this story is held up a "young adult" fiction, as it is a thoroughly dark and depressing tale. The Hunger Games trilogy is a dystopian sci-fi. The movies are generally faithful, but the books are better, and the bleak war torn world Suzanne Collins has created is vivid. The only thing that jars a bit is that since it is told in first person through the eyes of Kat is Everdeen, her tendency to get knocked out or injured means that some major events end up happening "off camera". It's like the old Doctor Who "lack of funding or capability to show the events" syndrome: "There's been a major war and 2/3 of the Galaxy is destroyed! Look, here's a paper report about it!".
The end, and indeed the epilogue, feels rushed, but there are some nasty stings in the tail for those who have stuck with the series since Book 1, especially if you have been thinking carefully about the information supplied since the beginning of Book 2.
I thoroughly recommend it - the books aren't excessively long, and I feel that, especially given the crazy popularity of the movies, they will go down as a modern classic. The audio version is well read, although I feel that as good as Carolyn McCormick is I would love to hear a full cast recording with sound effects and music (like the Dune audiobooks). How about it Audible?
"I loved the hunger games trilogy"
well narrated book, great storyline with some unexpected outcomes, but brilliant end to the trilogy.
Love the books in this trilogy, but this woman's voice is dreadful - so annoying!
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