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)
great trilogy and good story telling but a weak finish to the story. I really enjoyed the author's ability to move the story from the arena, but I really expected more from this author. Seemed to me like it was just time to end the story and this was the best the author had to offer. Unfullfilling and unimaginative resolution of the relationship peeta, gayle, and katnyss struggle with, and if this was the best collins could do, the triangle never should have been allowed to progress so far. Many times Katnyss' inability to make a choice is just for the sake of prolonging the story, and quite honestly, this book was disappointing......
It bothers me when I watch movies or read books and all the characters you love stay alive. The main characters may be amazing sharp-shooters and great at surviving, but it doesn't mean that they'd survive in real life. Yes, it's tragic and crushing when they die, but it's better than unrealistic survival.
Many of the reviewers here are disappointed with how dark this book is, how many people die, that Peeta is broken. I don't think this book could have been written any other way. This is likely how it would happen in real life. It feels real in a way I don't know would be possible with a happier ending.
Carolyn McCormick is an excellent narrator. She could make a medical journal sound exciting. The only problem is, this book was almost as boring as a medical journal. The happy ending, wasn't really all that happy. The potential for an epic finale was set so perfectly at the end of Catching Fire, but Collins just doesn't deliver. It's almost like she got bored and was grasping for a way to conclude this otherwise excellent trilogy. The first two books were spot on, but number 3 is quite the let down.
The book is fantastic and will leave you crying for all the characters involved.
Personally I started reading this novel a little skeptical because I have found (in my past experience) that dystopian novels generally don't end in a place that leaves you feeling satisfied, instead they generally end with something that makes you go "and....." So I was quite pleased that Mockingjay was able to tie up every lose end (even if it leaves you balling in public) but at the end of the book you'll feel like you were involved in something special.
Through this trilogy I have become very attached to Katniss Everdeen, Peta, and Gale but Suzanne crafts the novel so expertly that in the end you are willing to say goodbye and thank them for such an excellent experience that the novel brought to you.
Overall this book is a real keeper and something that will stay imprinted on your heart.
My teen daughter and I discovered the series a month ago and stayed up several days/nights to finish it together. The first 2 books were enthralling and we could hardly wait the 3 weeks for the final installment. I was mesmerized with how the author twisted the plot this way and that and thought I was going to love this one too...until about 3/4ths of the way through when it fell apart into hopelessness, gore, more hopelessness. I understand killing off beloved characters when there's good reason but (you'll know what I'm talking about) the pivotal death took the entire storyline down a path to a very depressing, disappointing, unsatisfying ending. Yep, I know things in real life don't turn out satisfying every time, but I read the series to escape from real life. I just finished the book and wish I'd never gone beyond the first one, or at least stopped at the second one and imagined a future of hope.
Reading the reviews that came before, this is clearly a love it - hate it book. The author has never held back on the grittiness, and I'm not sure why people would expect her to in the finale.
If you're looking for sunshine and light at the end of this series, you'll probably give this book one or two stars. If you're not squeamish and go into it a bit more realistic about what the author has in store, you'll probably like it.
It's The Hunger Games, people, not Eat, Pray, Love.
I didnt like this book as much as the past two. There are some awesome things in the book but once you hit the last few chapters it starts to get a little convoluted and a bit confusing. I was getting to a point where i just wanted to finish the book just so I could know how it ended, not to enjoy the last bit of the journey.
The books overall are great amazing books and this does end it in a justifiable way that wraps things up. I would also recommend this to anyone. I do have some quibbles about the ending but it doesn't ruin the books or make them mediocre.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
If you are reading this without having listened to the book first, perhaps the best I can hope for is that you'll go in with lower expectations and thus have a better time reading this than I did. The wonder that was the first and second book were completely lost in this third and final installment. I'm baffled at what happened to the spirit the author maintained through the earlier novels.
I waited a few days to digest the book before writing a review because I would have given it 1 star and said how horrible it was. A pageturner/audio addiction it is, mainly because I was waiting for Katniss to wake up and become the girl we fell in love with. It never happened. In fact, the entire book, with the exception of a few moments, can be summed up as "meh."
(Minor SPOILERS ahead)
What earned the book two more stars is the moment I took to step back and really look at the book from outside the eyes of an adoring reader. Katniss is seventeen. She has no power in government save being "the mockingjay" and no true love for either boy in her little triangle. As a reader I expected her to at least progress somehow. To rise up and lead her people. But she didn't. And when you get down to it, how could she? It's fantastical to think a 17 yr old could hold such power in a book but the author was trying to maintain realism... I think... though it earned no love from her readers. I suppose we must remind ourselves that most stories end with a happy ending and we expect this. Grand triumph. Since we didn't get that we feel robbed. But the ending did remain true to the devastation that the Capitol inflicted on Katniss. She's a tramatized war soldier.
As for the love triangle... there's really no love in it. Gale summed it up pretty easy in the book. I found it strange that one of them just gave her up and the other accepted their circumstance together as if after all that they should just accept being together. I didn't feel love, I felt fondness.
I am very disappointed. What starts out as a great series just dies at the end. It seems so random in its flow. I kept getting lost and having to rewind to make sure i understood what was really happening. This one I wish I could undo the listen. The book just sucked.
"Enjoyable, but a little disappointing"
Mockingjay is the final part of The Hunger Games Trilogy of books and whilst it was an enjoyable listen, does not capture the imagination in the way that the first two books do. It does bring the 'adventures' of Katniss Everdean to a conclusion however and therefore is an essential book for those who want to know how the story ends.
"Helpful to learn the language"
I really want to speak correctly and fluent english, this audiobook helped me.
Thanks to this audiobook it was fun too.
"Worth completing the story but very average!"
I really wanted this to be good after listening to the Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but I found the story started to get tired in the second half of Catching Fire and that continues through to this final book in the trilogy. Very depressing and the one uplifting moment - Finnick's wedding to Annie - is skipped over for more dreariness! Didn't enjoy it I'm afraid.
"The last in the trilogy"
It has been said that Suzanne Collins should have stopped writing after the first book. However, although the first book may be the most shocking and the best in the trilogy, the final installment is just as listenable as the first. The reader's american accent makes the story more exciting.
"Happy face :3"
I was pretty happy with the narration other than a few mis-pronunciations. Other than that it was an all round good story. Loved the characters and story line. <3
"Fantastic, gripping listening for the whole family"
Our family went to the US last summer and drove many thousands of freeway miles. Much of it was made rivetting by listening together to this trilogy. Easily accessible to our nine and ten-year old children, involving enough to keep the driver fully alert, long enough for many miles to pass, and deep enough to provoke many thoughtful conversations about good and bad, heroes and antiheroes, trust, relationships and all kinds of other subjects. This trilogy turned a potential nightmare into a highlight of our time away. Thank you - and very highly recommended!
"totally addictive and brilliant"
Couldn't stop listening, great story and well read. Have actually listened to all 3 books twice now I enjoyed them so much!
This is a great story but it called to catch me as I thought the narrator was very Monotone so was bored sorry.
"Not enough story line."
I enjoyed the book as a follow on in the series to see where all the characters are going. This story didnt have so much of a story line and seemed to be more centred on revenge and the destruction of their world.
I liked the final twist, and I must admit I am a sucker for a happy ever after which this book gave me...perhaps the best chapter in the book.
"Exhilarating finale to the hunger games series"
A great finish as Katniss grows as a person and the story grows into something bigger than the games. It's an adrenaline pumping, nerve wracking, heart wrenching journey that you take with katniss, Peeta and all the rest
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