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)
Yes, I would (and have) recommended it to numerous people. This is one of the best series I have read. Normally I would expect that the story gets a little dull by the 3rd book, but this one kept me on my toes. I actually listened to the whole thing in one day!
There is no comparison to this book. It's the only series I have thoroughly enjoyed since King's DT series.
I didn't like her voices for the characters, they all seemed one in the same to me.
I think I may not have liked the narrator due to the fact that I actually read the first two books in this series myself. My voices in my head for the characters were very different.
I have read all three in the Hunger Games series, I have seen the movie. I so fell in love with all of the characters that I decided to listen to the books as well. You get a completely different perspective and if you enjoyed the books, you will love listening to them as well!
Yes, but only because it is the final book of the trilogy.
Catniss of course
They are making a movie
In terms of novels it's ok...not normally my genre of literature, but I thought I'd give it a try. .
What I discover is that the story becomes redundant...like Harry Potter, these books seem to capitalize on a theme, over and over again. I wouldn't purchase another of her books.
Not the best of the trilogy but still worth reading. I felt that the story was dragged out a little too far in this book, it should have concluded after the second book.
I have to say this ranks pretty low. It wasn't nearly as good as the first two books. The turned Katniss into a weak and whiny character until the end. Even then she doesn't show much character. I think this could have been done better.
I like the very end when Katniss finally ends up with one of the boys and has a family. I won't say which in case someone hasn't listened to this book.
Of the three I have listen to, this ranks last. But, that isn't her fault it was the material I disliked.
When her sister died was the most heartfelt portion of the book. You could almost see it coming however.
Optical Engineer from San Jose, CA.
Mockingjay is a strong continuation of the Hunger Games story. It is still filled with action and suspense making for an entertaining read. At this point, the characters are getting more annoying with their obtuseness, but that is by design, and doesn't really detract from the story.
Collins is a talented writer, no doubt, but she may be as clueless as her protagonist.
Every story has a protagonist, of course – the hero. Throughout the first two books, I kept hoping that Katniss would eventually "get it" and stand up for the noble principles that she appears to know instinctively, even if she can't verbalize them (which she hints that Peeta might). At one point, the author teases at what that noble cause is, but then Katniss completely dismisses it and turns to selfish motivations – even stupid ones. From that point on the story fell from such great kinetic height that it felt like the the book developed a bottomless pit.
If Collins was trying to make a point of how horrible war was, she'd accomplished that well before that moment. Since she completely hijacked the nobility of the protagonist, all that was left of substance was her statement on war (which she'd already made). As the book continued, I was left feeling as if she was trying to say that it would have been better for them to live under the oppression of the Capitol than to aspire to something greater. Really?
In the end, Katniss' name became quite apropos. She transformed to be as fickle and self-centered as Buttercup – the cat she hated – and any other character she'd fought against throughout the story. Collins made me not care about her protagonist – even dislike her. That's how you ruin a perfectly good story.
I'm left with two thoughts. "We hold these truths to be self-evident." Katniss knew instinctively what was right. And "Give me liberty or give me death." This is the ideal – the line in the sand that I had been waiting for, which never came. Collins intentionally sabotaged her story, including any redemptive quality that might have been found in a tragic ending. Awful.
"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.
Written so well. Loved the ending (not a soppy love ending). Narration was very good. Suzanne Collins has definitely out done herself with this book! Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
One of the most addictive series I have read.
The heart stopping moment when it became known that the previous victors of all the games were going to have to endure the whole trial again and there could only be one survivor..
Excellent reader, clear diction and a good repertoire of different "voices"
I was delighted to find she was reader of the whole series.
All 3 books of the series were absolutely addictive. and I read (listened to) them in a continuous sequence.
I am so glad this series was recommended to me by a friend. Because it had already been made into a film, I had disregarded it on principal, and would have misseed a great read.
"A fitting end"
It bugs me that this story is held up a "young adult" fiction, as it is a thoroughly dark and depressing tale. The Hunger Games trilogy is a dystopian sci-fi. The movies are generally faithful, but the books are better, and the bleak war torn world Suzanne Collins has created is vivid. The only thing that jars a bit is that since it is told in first person through the eyes of Kat is Everdeen, her tendency to get knocked out or injured means that some major events end up happening "off camera". It's like the old Doctor Who "lack of funding or capability to show the events" syndrome: "There's been a major war and 2/3 of the Galaxy is destroyed! Look, here's a paper report about it!".
The end, and indeed the epilogue, feels rushed, but there are some nasty stings in the tail for those who have stuck with the series since Book 1, especially if you have been thinking carefully about the information supplied since the beginning of Book 2.
I thoroughly recommend it - the books aren't excessively long, and I feel that, especially given the crazy popularity of the movies, they will go down as a modern classic. The audio version is well read, although I feel that as good as Carolyn McCormick is I would love to hear a full cast recording with sound effects and music (like the Dune audiobooks). How about it Audible?
"I loved the hunger games trilogy"
well narrated book, great storyline with some unexpected outcomes, but brilliant end to the trilogy.
Love the books in this trilogy, but this woman's voice is dreadful - so annoying!
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