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 went through first two books really fast and this one was no less interesting. I did get tired of Catness's whining sometimes, but Collins kept her in character throughout. i was surprised by the turnout at end and appreciated the footnote. Good way to end such a long story.
I absolutely loved this trilogy. I had to buy the last book as soon as I finished the second, and it didn't let me down. All the twists and turns were there, and I loved the ending! Wonderful story, Suzanne. Really made me think. It was supposed to be for young adults, but I'm in my 40's and found it both entertaining and thought provoking. There's plenty there to give adults pause to ponder in their minds about war, politics, what you think doesn't feel right, passivity in the face of extreme deprivation, and what you can or can't do about it. In fact, maybe it's adults that need this story more, need to be waking up and rethinking these things. Thanks Suzanne!
I just loved the three books, but found the narrator went on my nerves after a while:-)
Great read, or should I say, listen.
I guess I disagree with most of the negative reviews... I don't think it was that bad. It wasn't as great as the first two books, but it tied things up reasonably. Yes, Katniss was a little whiny... but she's just 17 years old, so I think it is realistic. If no one dear to Katniss died, then it wouldn't be realistic. I am not disappointed at the ending... if the ending was a completely happily ever after ending, it would have seemed fake. Overall, I liked the series. I am looking forward to the movies b/c the author will be involved in the project.
Well written, interesting story. Can't wait for the Hunger Games movie to come out. Great narration.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
All in all, I found Mockingjay to be a strong conclusion to a gripping YA series. The trilogy's young heroine, Katniss Everdeen, no longer a contestant in the Capitol's cruel bloodsport, is enlisted as the propaganda figurehead of an armed rebellion against President Snow. However, she soon learns that this role comes with deeper costs, that the ruthless mindset and calculating showmanship of the Hunger Games infects both sides in the war. While the middle book struggled somewhat to find its footing, Collins writes this one with the twisting plot and chilling brutality of the first novel. The reader soon realizes that none of the central characters are going to emerge unscathed.
Some fans seem perturbed that Collins didn't write an escapist Hollywood ending, but I'm very glad that she didn't. Katniss comes across as a real teenager, if an unusually tough one, not some heroic fantasy dragonslayer. She gets used by people above her. She cracks under the weight of it all, at the sometimes irreconcilable choice between being a fighter and compassion. This is what would probably happen to most seventeen year-olds in such a position. The grim last act is a more believable one for it, and the melancholy conclusion echoes the underlying truthfulness of the Hunger Games.
Not that I think Mockingjay doesn't have flaws. The action in the last third feels somewhat rushed. I never found the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale that absorbing, as both boys spend the series devoted to her in similarly heroic, unrequited ways, which overpower their differences as characters. Collins' vision of future technology is all over the map, with some inventions seemingly lifted from sci-fi B-movies and others oddly regressed to a 1970s level. And the audiobook reader is a little annoying, overacting her lines.
Still, if I had some issues with the details, I think Collins gives the overall story the right ending. The whole trilogy is an accomplishment of YA fiction.
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
The Hunger Games Trilogy is a great series, because, first and foremost, it is a good story, but also because the main character is extremely relatable. The reader can see the path the main character takes to deal with events that unfold around her. I know, I know. You are thinking it is an author???s task to put us in the protagonist???s shoes. While this is true, some author???s just do not convey the perspective in a genuine manner. Collins does, and through her writings, I have a much better understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder and the numbness associated with surviving costly victories. Readers seem to universally love the first two books, but the third book has received mixed reviews. I do not want to give anything away, but I do feel compelled to say that I think the third book is just as brilliant as the first two. I think Collins has done an excellent job growing Katniss into a person not just a character as well an underscoring the fact that happiness is achievable without a fairytale.
Having read several negative reviews, I was expecting to be disappointed, but I thought it was the perfect ending to the series. It's always been a dark, cautionary story, in which the humor was the type you hear at a funeral - laughter in the face of misery. In this book Katniss really grows up and comes to understand the true nature of her world, and it isn't pretty, but who having read the other two would expect it to be? I liked the ending very much and thought it was pitch-perfect. Anything more fairy-tale like would have felt wrong, given everything the characters have been through.
And the narrator, as in the two others, is wonderful.
I had high hopes for this book, but in the end I feel like this book should have been combined with the second, and both books would have been greatly improved. The pace was too slow, and the apathetic attitude of the main character becomes tiresome very quickly. I was tempted to fast-forward through sections of this book. The plot was also very weak, particularly near the end of the book. If I had it to do over again, I would have only listened to the first book in the series.
I wanted to love this. Very simple. I adored the previous to books in the series (a must read, by the way, if you're going to even remotely understand what is happening here) but this just took the momentum and more importantly, the essence of hope from the first two books and nearly ground them to a halt. Mockingjay was incredibly dark and while the other books managed to give a light at the end of the tunnel, this story had an overwhelming sense of bleakness. I suppose Collins should get points for taking the book somewhere totally unexpected and the overall story resulted in a moderately pleasing resolution, but along the way... there wasn't much to love, just one dark page after another.
"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
"Bad narration, childish story"
Not a great ending to this trilogy I'm afraid, a shame as i loved the first book and liked the second. I was glad it ended as I am loathe to leave a book unfinished. This book is clearly aimed at teens but whilst the first two books 'crossed over' into the adult realm, this one proved who it was really meant for.
Katniss seems to be in perpetual terror/horror/grief throughout this book. the narrator, speaking as Katniss, is forever saying 'it was all I could do but to smack him/ hold myself back/kiss him'. I wonder when Katniss is ever going to accept the evil of the Capital and the president, considering she has survived two hunger games, you'd think she would have figured it out by now. How naive is she? The capital is evil and I feel she should just get over it and rebel already.
Then there is the problem with the narration, the narrator slows down the last few words of every paragraph to try to add...what? Suspense, emphasis? But it just sounds plain stupid and gets annoying. Her voice grates as Katniss and she sounds silly when narrating men. This is probably one of the worse narrations i have heard on audible.
On a positive note the story is nicely wrapped up (I think) I barely heard the last few parts having lost interest.
I had already bought this when I finished the second audiobook and I moved onto it instantly. I so enjoyed the first 2 books and this one is no different. Again, the author moves the story on so that is is not just more of the same and there are plenty of twists in the plot to keep the listener wondering what will happen. Overall, this trilogy has been really excellent and falls firmly into that group of books I didn't want to end.
Very well read and definitely worth the listen, especially if your always on the run and can't just bury your head in a book. I listened to the series in my work van and it made me want to leave my van even less!
Definitely recommend :)
"Gripping to the end"
At last the full political message of the novels is revealed in this final part of The Hunger Games trilogy. As in the first two novels the characterisation by the reader continues to impress and so that you can allow your imagination to completely immerse you in the story telling. These are great books and justly deserve their popularity.
"An interesting, if flawed, ending"
Whether you enjoy this ending to the Hunger Games series will be very much down to the individual. It does finish off the series and ties a lot of the threads together, though I won't spoil too much and say anything about how (although I will say I was, in the main, ok with the ending if slightly disappointed with how we get there).
The pacing of the story is a little drawn out. The plot itself irritated me a little as Collins sets up a new adventure, new social groups and more misunderstandings to drag our hero through.
But while I felt the story failed a little in its action I think it did reasonably well in drawing out and completing its main characters and them arriving at the end (those who survive) at some form of completion.
I was abit scepticle about getting an audiobook, because I wasn't sure really how to use it, whether I was to sit and listen whilst doing nothing else, or whether to have a hard copy of the book and read along with the audio, but when I picked this up and started listening whilst photoshopping which I can do without much thought, I was immediately submerged into the story Caroline McCormick's narration is so intriguing and her character voices just add to the overall atmosphere and make the experience of listening to this audiobook even more enjoyable. Overall I would 100% recommend this audiobook, especially with Caroline McCormick's narration as I found this phenomenal. 5 stars!!
"A great finale"
Eventually the author closes the story but it is well worth the wait and all makes sense. The trilogy was excellent.
"The end of a trilogy"
Great ending to the trology of books so glad it ends on an happy note, but the heartbreaking effects of war and loss aren't sugar-coated and that it had me as a readers thinking about the effects of war, poverty and corrupt governments.
This really won't disappoint. A great end to a great series. Enjoy. A slight change in subject matter bit still flowing naturally from the other books.
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