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)
The narrator's voice was perfect. Although I sort thought it would sound younger since Katniss is still a teenager but the narrator did a beautiful job on bringing the story to life. I couldn't stop listening to it!
I hate to see it end, I wanted this series to last a long time but it ended great. I did want to a fairy tale ending where everyone is happy and they get what the fought so long for, but the way this book ended was amazing. It was a bitterweet and powerful ending.
The moment were Katniss sang the hanging man song. I got goosebumps and couldn't stop humming it. That is one song I will not forget for a while.
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.
"Kids loved it"
Also downloaded this for my 11 year old daughter who had read the books and loved the film, she loved the audible story as much as the books!
"Slow to get going"
A good end to a great trilogy. My only complaint would be that this third book seems a little slow to get going and there is a lot of initial scene setting without the plot moving forward a great deal in the early stages - perhaps it is because I was too impatient to know what happens to Katniss and the others!! Still.. if you enjoyed the first two books then you are sure to enjoy this concluding one.
"Excellent end to the series"
Having listened to the previous two books in the series I was expecting more of the same and was not disappointed. This provided an excellent end to the series. Overall I was very pleased with the series and was would recommend it to any fan of the genre. My one complaint is that the very end of this book seemed a bit rushed but this was very minor.
"Slow end to a good series"
I enjoyed the first two books in the series and found myself making time to listen to them in between other activities. However, the final book was very slow in comparison. It was a hard act to follow and unfortunately as a third book would always battle to maintain the originality in concepts. I just found it to be pretty average whereas the first book in particular was good because of being such a unique concept.
Finally reach the end of the trilogy. Not as good as the first part of the story, but still very exciting, with a twist in the end. A good read that keeps you guessing all the way.
I was repeatedly surprised by the twists and turns in this book! The ending was not at all what I anticipated. I was gripped the whole way through the book and it kept a fast pace throughout.
"Great finale to the series, but a lot darker"
The final book bringing all the lead up in the book one and book two to a great final story with twists. The first two books built the foundation to the darker side in book three, which was needed to show the harsher world that Katniss Everdeen lives. I can't wait for the final movies to come out and hopefully they stay true to the books
I love the Hunger Games trilogy!!! Original storyline with a bit of everything. Romance, love, action, defiance!! I was hooked from the first page to the last! The audio book has renewed my love as I can listen and work at the same time :-)
I must confess I was late to discover them snd my initial thoughts were 'children killing children? For entertainment? Disgusting!' but the story, for me is so much more, you become completely invested in the characters and the relationships.
Give it a go, you won't be dissapointed!
I had been putting off reading this series because of all the hype surrounding it but it was glorious.
A tale of distopia mixed with heroism and a complicated and joyous love story.
The reader started out annoying but I soon grew to love her voice as she became catness for me.
"Exciting but not as good as the others"
Book 1, so exciting, I listened through the night, book 2, still exciting but I got some sleep. Book 3 Mockingjay, I enjoyed it because but only because I'd loved the others. You need to listen to tie up the loose ends and it has a few good moments but the story is a bit thin and slightly boring at times. Call me a cynic but book three was written as a money maker.
You do need to get this but be prepared that it isn't as good as the others, I'm lowering your expectations so you're not disappointed.
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