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 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.
Such a poor finish to this wonderful series. There could have been so much more. It really should have and could have been a whopper of an ending. Wholly unsatisfying. Ms. Collins - please do better in the future.
I must agree with many of the reviewers thus far, for a book that had so much hope for these characters the end is very dark. I believe for a YA novel it should have had much less darkness than expressed and of course it makes you wonder why the author chose this path. In the previous installments it was clear that Peeta and Katnis' world was never a like those in the capital but their ending and the other characters who the author through the voice of Ms. McCormick really tug at you. I cried the entired novel. It was hard to stop because I kept thinking parts of this must be a dream. I finished the book yesterday evening and when I had nearly an hour left, I felt so down by the story- I almost stopped. I am glad I finished it because it has some bright points at the end. I just wish a few more of the characters I learned to love in this last installment were treated better by the author. An interesting read/listen- not nearly as good as the first two!
This series is so clever and interesting. In between books 2 and 3 I pondered the end and Suzanne Collins still surprised me! I really loved it, even went back to listen to the last hour again after I was done because I was sad it was over. I really appreciated the epilogue that gave the listener/reader an insight into the future. I would have liked a bit more information about some of the others.
The series as a whole is pretty violent and Mockingjay is the most. I heard recently that 5th graders in my town are reading it and I think it's too violent for that age. But I think anyone over 14 or 15 would find these books give them a lot to think about and are a very interesting story. Adults will definitely find the books intriguing. I don't actually think it should be marketed as a Young Adult book, but it was probably done that way merely because the characters are mostly teens.
Some people have criticized the reader. I actually like her a lot in this book, because I think she conveys well the ambivalence Catniss experiences at every crossroad.
I was riveted to the very end. Loved it, and am sad it's over.
OK - I really wanted to like this book.
I listened to the first 2 in the series and througly enjoyed them, even with the arena repetition in Catching Fire. I bought it on release day - that's how excited I was.
I anxiously awaited the final book, expecting more of the fantastic writing I had come to expect from the series.
I didn't get it
By the end of the first hour, I was ready to slap Catniss, and simply didn't care about what she did any longer. She sulked and whined and plotted and whined and, oh yes, she whined. She was safe and fed and warm as were her family, but all she could do was complain
Overall the book had potential, especially when we start to see the Rebels and the Capitol blend together in behaviour. Some scenes were quite good. Overall, not nearly up to the potential shown in earlier books. Ends were left hanging, the major tragedy was obvious almost from the start - just disappointing.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
While I feel nothing could top The Hunger Games, there was nothing new or even slightly creative in this story. It constantly brought the new reader up to date on past history but gave its loyal fans nothing to grab onto or love or even feel. This book certainly could not stand on its own. We all knew the capital was going to be defeated but were anxious to know who Katniss would choose. It was hard to even care after the book was over. I had hoped for so much more feeling from this book.
Let me start off by saying that I am a 40 year old male and after hearing my daughter and her friends talking about the first book, I had to check it out. I fell in love with the universe that Suzanne Collins created in Hunger Games and thought that Catching Fire was even better. I am not in the target audience but I loved this series even though I was disappointed in the ending.
The ending felt too real to me and in fiction I'm hoping for something a little more happy go lucky. So there is nothing wrong with this book, but just not the direction that I was hoping the series would take.
This is just me and I could see others really enjoying this ending.
So Check it out yourself and you may be pleasantly surprised.
"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.
"Fantastic end to a trilogy"
The final book in the hunger games trilogy is fantastic. The development of relationships through the rebels fight against the Capitol is cleverly done. Katniss and Peeta are clearly pawns in everyones game. It is only in this book that Katniss eventually shows some selflessness.
"All good things must come to a end"
I did not want this to be the last book although I was desperate to find out what happens and just like the first two it is amazing and unfortunately all good things must come to a end. If you haven't read any of the books what are you waiting for you won't regret it.
"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.
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