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)
Book 1 is great, two is good and then there's the mockingjay. Someone must have told the author to get the character more in touch with her feelings and turned an action series into a quivering indecisive mess. It's sad because I loved the first book and this series could have been so much more. In the end I was simply glad it was over and thats pretty sad.
It was as fascinating book. Addictive. Carolyn McCormick does a great job telling the story.
When Katniss and Peeta started to eat the berries.
I read mostly science fiction. My guilty pleasure is Star Trek although I do not listen to much since it is abridged.
a fullfilling end
Not sure what I would compare it too.
Katniss - I feel she had that character down very consistently.
There is little that disturbs or offends me. However, the shear darkness of this novel was tedious and tiresome. I found the first novel highly enjoyable and the second to be mildly interesting, but this was terrible. I kept expecting it to change until the very end, I waited in vain.
In the final chapter of the trilogy, the story takes on a slower pace than the reader may be used to. The climactic conclusion is fitting and true to the series. Epilogue ties things up nicely.
At times I was frustrated with the
Such a great culmination of a wonderful trilogy! Keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.
Absolutely! So hard to turn it off when I had to head to work!
Definitely the best of the Hunger Games series!
I read and review Young Adult lit!
This might be the hardest review I’ve ever had to write…
I adored the Hunger Games (who didn’t?) and my second time through the series I far was more kind to Catching Fire, upping my overall rating from two stars to four. I initially punished it, unfairly, for not being more the same.
However, when I approached Book 2 as more of a spin-off then a direct sequel I could appreciate it more for what it was – not another Hunger Games but an interesting continuation of stories and characters set up in Book 1.
It’s only fair for me do the same for Mockingjay but I just can’t excuse what it did to a series with so much impact, power and potential.
I’m sorry, but I can’t get over my anger at the way Susan Collins tore down everything she built with the horrific events of Mockingjay.
Tragic is one thing when it’s earned as it can be poignant and powerful (think Rue) but sad just for the sake of it? Unforgivable.
Mockingjay works neither as a squeal or standalone. It is so horrific and devestating that I actually recommend people not even read Book 2, because the cliffhanger means you’ll be compelled to continue to Mockingjay.
I’ve read Mockingjay three times now and my anger and resentment only grows with each listening.
I believe I’ve been as objective as I can with a broken heart :(
This could be the best book of the three. Action packed, wonderful ending, and exciting action. I am curious how the movie will compare. Really great series!
The final book in the Hunger Games series brings the political tensions to a fever pitch before a final resolution of the many plot lines. I could not stop reading this series, and by the end I was bawling. What an artfully crafted story. At the end, a short interview with author Suzanne Collins provides insight into the genesis of the story idea and the themes throughout the novels. Narrator Carolyn McCormick does a great job with a profound trilogy.
Can't believe I made it to the third book. Started reading so that I could have something to talk about with coworkers. Each book gets more predictable and boring.
"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.
"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.....
"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.
"simply a fantastic read"
I loved this book so much so I couldn't put it down .. thank you
"Thin, insipid narration. Uninspiring."
This is a poor story poorly read. The last book in particular struggles to make any sense and spends more time with the inner mental workings of the hero rather than events. The narrators voice lacks power and strength to pull this off. A real struggle to finish it as it gradually ran out of steam. A waste of time.
"Dark, compelling, riveting!"
The last book of the trilogy exceeded my expectations. We step out of the games we enter a real war. It is even darker and cruelty reigns everywhere.
I am not sure if a 17 year old would manage to keep any sanity at all. It is not easy to believe that, after so many traumas, she is still capable of reasoning at all. However, the morale of the story is good an I think there is plenty food for thought there.
"Much better than a movie!"
I watched the all the movies produced so far, first and I don't regret it, I am glad as I can see how much better the books are! I love the narrator - Carolyn McCormick, she is excellent. Now I am looking forward to see how Francis Lawrence will bring the final action to life on screen.
different perspecitve of the story than in the movie
the whole final book, where the listener has to give all the control to their own imagination, because Part 2 of the Mockingjay is yet to be released this year.
"I love the films but the books are way better."
I love the films but the books are way better.
Read or Listen to The Hunger Games first and then Catching Fire.
The Hunger Games are a punishment from Panem after the rebellion. Only one tribute will survive or that was the case until Katniss and Peeta returned from the Hunger Games together. They upset President Snow by returning from the Hunger Games together. He has laid down the law to Katniss and wants a couple in love for Panem. But Gale has other ideas.
I would recommend this series.
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