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)
This book was OK, but not as good as The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. The climax was rocky and then finally started to feel like the first two books. However, the end of the book was too rushed that it became more about trying to wrap the series up in the last few chapters instead of playing out the rest of the story in a way that would satisfy fans of the series. The story jumps from week to week and Katniss is unconscious or drugged for most of the book. It could have been better.
I try to write reviews when I think they are warranted; sometimes I can be critical. I don't often read books that are in a long series, I get bored. But this being a trilogy, I thought I could get through it. Only this time I think the author got bored too. I really liked the first book, I'd give it 4 1/2 stars. The second was okay, not as interesting, only three stars. I was hoping for a traumatic conclusion in the final book, but it never happened. Too much re-living the past; not a lot to hold my interest. And I got the impression even the author may have been getting tired, thought "if this were eight or ten books, how would I end it?" and then just felt, why wait, I'll end it here, do a little forecasting in the future and let it be over. It was disappointing. Two stars maybe. Although I did enjoy the author's comments at the end on here background for creating the Games.
However, I have not given up on the author, I'm sure there will be future writings worth listening to.
Some of what I write could be perceived as spoilers... just warning ya.
The biggest strength/weakness of a first person book is that the world is seen totally through the eyes of a character. If that character is well written and engaging, so too is the world. But if the character falls short in one way or another, the world starts to lose some of its clarity. Like a milky lens, the reader is left out of the details.
Katniss spends an enormous amount of time in the third book knocked out, wounded or otherwise totally unable to control or influence the world around her, in spite of the character being in a position to effect MASSIVE influence on the world around her. Instead she over reacts to perceived affronts, never questions anything deeply enough to show she is even engaged and basically gets told by everyone how she should be feeling, for example when she is being cruel to Pita after his return. Its not till someone points out her unfairness that she chooses to stop being unfair. I would have liked to see her engaged enough to at least question and search out her own feeling about the whole thing rather than have someone tell her.
In my case, by becoming disengaged, it allowed me a lot more time to nitpick the universe. How can magic impenetrable walls be made instantly in book two's arena to trap Katniss and Finnick in with Jabber Jays but then people still bleed out for lack of something more technological than a tourniquet? How can hovercraft turn invisible but not drop bombs from higher than 100 yards, the distance Katniss claimed to be able to hit things with her amazing bow and arrow? How can shields be everywhere else in the world but NOT on something like a hovercraft? What kind of military idiot leaves the defense of their city up to pods that a) can be exploded when shot and b) are fully visible and unsupported? All small things in total but I would not have noticed them if I felt engaged in the universe.
Finally the ending and epilogue, which seem to get the most venom. One of my favorite movies? Cold Mountain. So I LOVE a good bittersweet ending. And I love David Drake, a MilSciFi author who has a book called "Grim as Hell," so it stands to reason I like the concept of "war is evil and bad for people." But that's not what I got out of this. I was pretty unimpressed with how grim and gritty the war is and the cheap efforts to elicit emotion. Katniss barely cares about any of these characters and never really forms a bond with even the ones she is closest to so how can I care much when they get offed? How can I put much emotion into her efforts to kill Snow when its such a badly thought out plan? How am I supposed to invest in this war and its horrors when most of it is through Katniss who is always under a camera?
As for the ending... Well whatever. It just gives me more reason to find the character uninteresting. I rather prefer the stories of soldiers who have lost so much, including limbs and friends, coming back from war and working hard at making prosthetic work for them and chasing life because they know how short and ephemeral it is. You know, like the ones in the news. This world is full of all sorts of horrors. But we humans persist in our sense of wonder and amazement. If Katniss can't find that in her own children, then she obviously lacks in the human spirit that makes us more than the sum of our parts.
The last book in The Hunger Games trilogy, didn't really live up to my expectations. Suzanne Collins spent too much time exploring the inner thoughts of Kapniss Everdeen, for my liking. The overall story was very entertaining. Carolyn McCormick did an excellent job of narrating the story.
The most memorable moment was when Peeta and Kapniss met for the first time, after he was rescued, and bought back to District 13.
Carolyn McCormick has a great speaking voice, and her vocal variety bought the book to life for me.
Man... the first 2 books were great.... this one is sooo slow... Collins gets engrossed in describing the secene the art etc..not too much action.... also, towards the end i feel like things are happening just as a filler because she needed the last 100 pages or so... the ending is by far not satisfying... !!!
if you have read the first 2 books... you want to read the conclusion... altho not recommeneded...
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As enjoyable as it was to rejoin Katniss in her battle against the Capital, the original creative and personal animosity/bonding of youngsters fighting for their lives, does not continue equally through this last part in the trilogy of the Hunger Games.
This book was well written, but the narrator was fantastic. I actually got the whole series as an audio book because I couldn't finish the series without the narration of the third book.
WARNING!!! DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU'VE READ THE BOOK!!!
I listened to all three books in the span of a week. I believed the overall story was great. At times I couldn't tell what the author was taking us and I was sad to see so many characters I had grown attached to die, but I took it all in stride. As much as I hate to see characters die, I understand you have to keep readers on their toes. And the theme of the books wouldn't allow so many to stay alive. This book is definitely not of the 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' sort. The only thing that bothers me about the storyline is the ending. All that moping and not bathing type things drives me up the wall. Also I wish there was a more complete epilogue. I would have liked an update on all the remaining characters. What they were up to, where they lived, how ofter they saw other characters, did they travel to and from districts, and so on.
My main gripe with the books is the character development. Through three books, we have to wonder which guy Katniss would choose. From the first time I heard Peeta's name, I rooted for him; but also picked up a fondness for Gale through the series as well. In the end, Katniss never chooses. The decision is more or less made for her; she never delves into her conflicted emotions or tries to understand what she is feeling. I believe who she winds up with is the right decision but I feel she never actually makes it for herself. I won't say Katniss is self-involved, but she did live in her head; she was so naive and oblivious. Throughout the books, besides her telpathic connection with Haymitch, she never figured out what was going on around her. She always had to be told. Some of it was by design, but a lot of was her not seeing past what directly affected her. And when she couldn't deal, she just shut down. And someone always had to get her going again, she could never motivate herself. I kept waiting for her to get it, but I'm not sure she ever truly did. Gale on the other hand, had the foresight and thought to see the rebellion coming. He was very aware of his surroundings. But he was simultaneously blinded by his rage. While he wanted things to improve, he also wanted revenge. He wanted as many capital people to suffer as much as possible. He couldn't see that those people were used to living one way as he and his district were used to living another; they truly didn't know any better. That all his rage should have been directed at the goverment alone. And when it came to his feelings for Katniss, I don't think he was willing to fight for her as much as he just wanted her to make a decision. I think he truly loved her but wasn't willing to sacrifice anything for it like Peeta would have for Katniss; or even Katnnis would have for him. He essentially gave up and ran away. In some ways, Katniss and Gale are just alike. Their anger and hate motivate them but while Katniss' concious stops her from going further, Gale's need for revenge propels him. I really have no problems with Peeta. He was kind, gentle-natured, thoughtful, and willing to do anything for Katniss. And yet, I never felt he was weak. He was pure-spirited and wanted to the best for Katniss (and others) whether she chose him or not. Not sure I can say the same about Gale. I just hate what happened to his character and how it altered him so horrifically. The things that made Peeta so loveable were nearly destroyed. Another thing, as much as I rooted for Peeta, I felt that Katniss never really deserved him. Yes, she risked her life for him several times, but it was out selfishness. The first time, it was only because she determined he was not a threat and then discovered they could both stay alive. The second time (and every time after that) is because she felt like she owed him. I never felt she saved his life because she truly loved him, or at least she never admitted it to herself out loud. In the end, she just flat out got lucky he loved her enough and was patient enough to stick around.
By the end of this book, I wanted to kill Katniss myself. All that introspection. Sheesh. The author needed to get on with the story and not dwell so much on the inner conflicts of her heroine. Katniss, the fragile and naive killing machine. Ugh. Even when other characters gave her direct information, Katniss had to analyze the meaning for 10 long, tedious pages/minutes before somehow always making her brilliant decision. I'd like to write an alternative ending where Joanna kills Katniss in the Quell and takes over being the Mockingjay. THAT would have been more interesting and certainly less annoying.
best series i ever read. can't wait to see the movie and say how much better the books are. i think prequels can easily be made, let's see what panem was like before the time of the hunger games...or - hunger games, the haymich chronicles would be great. any number of character spinoffs could be made, such rich character development.
"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.
"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.
"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.....
"The return of the jedi"
Yes. Though probably not as enjoyable a listen as the other two in the trilogy. The characters continued to develop and we gained greater insight into their backgrounds.
Yes. If you have listened to Books 1 and 2 then its worth finishing the whole arc with Book 3. The plot lines are properly wrapped up with some nice gotchas near the conclusion and some unanswered questions at the end.
The main character. She held the whole series together even when she was being unrealistically naive.
Yes. Some good drama and action which should transfer well to the big screen.
"Wow! I wasn't expecting that. "
Great end to the trilogy. Twists and turns and a surprising end. Really good story. Loved it.
"Best of the three!"
For me the third book is the best!Yes, you might be to predict the unfolding of the story but it doesn't spoil the enjoyment.
The ending was surprisingly moving. A good conclusion of a thought-provoking trilogy.
This was a great read and listening whilst in the car. The boys and enjoyed it throughout. The film as usual has not given it justice
"My fave film/ book ever, though she has an annoying voice"
Good story but she has a very annoying voice!!! Best book and film ever lism
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