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)
It is hard for me to think of these books as separate entities because I think they are truly a part of one story. Overall, I liked these books, and they are worth a listen. I'm not a huge fan of Catching Fire, but it is a necessary read to keep abreast of all the plot lines in Mocking Jay. I try to keep it vague, but like I said above their might be spoilers below.
When I first started listening to the series I read a review somewhere that reminded readers that the story is not necessarily about Katniss, it is about her role as a pawn in larger events. I'd love to give credit to that person, but I've long since forgot where I read the review. It is, however, the key element to remember when listening to these stories. For one, it helps the reader to make sense of Carolyn McCormick reading the books. I love her as an actress, and I love her voice, but it is a distictive and mature voice, not necessarily something I would have picked for Katniss. Remembering that while Katniss figures heavily in the events of the book, the overall story is not necessarily about her, helped me to connect with McCormick as a reader. I was able to think of her not as Katniss narrating her own story, but as, say, a mother reading Katniss's story to her daughter.
If there is one critique I have of these stories it is the love triangle. It made sense in the Hunger Games, but Katniss needed to declare her feelings in Catching Fire, partly because it was obvious to the reader at that point, and partly to allow more time for resolutions and reconciliations between the characters.
I liked the unique story of the book and the many twists in the plot.
Carolyn McCormick, I found to be a bit annoying as a narrator, compared to others. However, once you get used to her, it is OK.
I felt this book ended a bit prematurely, but overall, I would recommend it to others. Excellent storyline.
Giving soap operas and "Bodice Rippers" their due, I stayed commited to the listening of all three books before my judgement was made final. It has remained the same throughout. The target audience here would not be male in general. There were a few instances that crossed the lines of gender association, for lack of a better description. Simply put, I prefer Jason Bourne/ Dirk Pit type charactors.
If I wanted to examine a charactor's innermost feelings as they seem to rise and fall with the cycles of the moon, I'd be a woman I guess. For me, it's just not what I enjoy. A woman torn between love and lust. Anguishing over the betrayal of a steadfast and totally devoted man. ARRRRRGH! Blech! Get to the ACTION and REACTION! Get technical! While the author was graphic and many times gave a masculine descriptive in her writing, the relaying of the protagonist's feeling felt like a squealing piece of chalk on a board to me. I know, I'm a guy... not in touch with my inner self, or my deepest feelings, yadda, yadda, yadda, Those episodes of introspection detracted from my full enjoyment of the books.
I kept seeing the face of Al Bundie's wife from " Married with Children" when I listened to her. This isn't to say she was bad. In fact I enjoyed her naration very much. I just could'nt shake that image, despite the main charactor's being a teenager.
Don't change your style or type of writing. Just realize you appeal to some readers more than others?
The narrator gave almost every character in the book a royal English accent, which became very distracting throughout the entire book.
A perfect ending.
I love Collin's futuristic version of our world -- and the warning it has for all of us.
Yes, I have listened to all three Hunger Games books. I found McCormick's narration good.
Of course Mockingjay will lead you to an extreme reaction. You have to feel for this heroine and the other characters -- as well as examine your own life and our culture.
I know there have been a lot of negative reviews of this last book in the series. These reviews kept me from listening to this story for several months. BUT I am so glad I finally let go of what others were saying and took the ride. It was amazing. I disagree with the negative views of how the story ends -- no, it is not a "perfect ending" for all the characters (are there ever perfect endings?) but it was perfect ending for this story. I loved it. I was moved by it. I am sad that I will not get to spend any more time in Collin's Panam, but I feel sated and happy with how this story wrapped up. If you've enjoyed the other books, but feel hesitant about some negative reviews -- DON'T -- download, listen and enjoy!
I've thoroughly enjoyed this series of books. As others have mentioned, Mockingjay is the darkest installment of the three; rebellions are violent events that often involve a heavy toll. Given that, I wasn't expecting "...and they all lived happily ever after.", but hoped that some good would come of things. Suzanne did not disappoint me.
41 Years old . Married 6 years to my wonderful wife Michelle with 1 adult child . Night time trucker .
40 year old male. Loved the story. Not just for young readers. Keeps u hanging all through the trilogy.and for those that like a good story without the bad language. This is for u. Recommended highly narrattion is very good
Haymitch kinds of a jerk like real life mentors
This is my 1st
The twist in mockingjay is a surprise
Yes, the trilogy is about government corruption and the evils of war, but it is also a love story. Collins fully develops the former in the first two books and the third book Mockingjay gives a 'satisfying' and realistic conclusion. However, I was left disappointed and frankly ticked off that the conclusion of the love story was an afterthought. Throughout the trilogy Collins develops a love triangle. The developing love story was emotionally charged. Who doesn’t enjoy a good love triangle? In the last chapter of the Mockingjay, the love story finally comes to its's climax. ..and…and…she ends the book mid thought. My mouth dropped open, my stomach churned and I wanted to holler - I did. I wasn’t asking for much; not even a happy ending. The last chapter didn’t resemble the rest of the book – full of detail and imagery. Did she even write the last chapter? Did she give it to an intern for an assignment in ‘how not to write?’ Collins had me emotionally invested. She built up my interest and enthusiasm then didn’t deliver goods on one of the most important subjects of the book. Her main attention was inhumanity – which I’m not saying wasn’t important. It was a darn good part of the book. Even when there is a measure of peace the casualties still walk the earth – the living. They are daily reminded of their lost loved ones and the horrors they witnessed.
It seems as if Collins’ goal was to highlight vices of a corrupt government, war, and its aftermath, not to satisfy our need for details of a love story that she developed in the first two books. It’s not fair, but I have to accept her literary viewpoint.
Even with my criticism, Collins is a master at writing emotionally charged; sit on the edge of your seat stories. I would love to read more of her books.
Yes,I already have.
When the children were in the square and the bombs exploded.
They all were good.
Yes, the whole series was.
I wish there was more to the series. I saw the movie and I think that they could have dne a better job. after reading the books I was disappointed in the movie because it changed some key points of the book, like where Katniss got the pin. I just felt the could have stayed more true to the books.
"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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