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)
What a disappointing end to a trilogy that started so well. It seems stat the writer was determined to give the final book even more edge and somehow got sidetracked into a depressing tailspin of despair. All the strength of the characters seems gone in this book and so does the writer. I was very disappointed as I finished the book and the nagging feeling of having witnessed a mistake keeps lingering. I really hope that this was what the writer wanted with this book and not that she got caught up in a depressing tailspin.
I'm not sure what others expected, but I felt a well rounded ending to the story. The unexpected death and the issues and horrors that Katniss has to face in this last book are well put together and executed. I am sure there could have been alternate endings and perhaps a litle more time spend in the epilogue could have help to end it a little more cleanly. Well written and well read I would certainly recoomend this to any teen/young adult and is also an enjoyable story for other listeners.
This book was a bad end to a great series. Way to violent and disgusting, and heartbreakingly sad. It was okay I guess, but definitely not my favorite book. :(
I'm a middle school English teacher and mother of one teen girl. I tend to read paper copies of YA books and listen to books for adults.
Of course, I won't say how it ends, but I will say that the ending made sense and definitely finished this story. I still like the complexity of Katniss's character. Even Peeta takes on some new, surprising characteristics. I felt that there was excessive violence in the middle of the book where one horrific scene followed another. At this point the violence seemed rather pointless - like the author was writing the book for people who like Grand Theft Auto video games or slasher movies. Otherwise, I would've given it a 4th star.
After listening to the first two books in this series, I read several reviews of Mockingjay. I was a bit nervous, as it seemed many fans were not pleased with this book, but a couple of the reviews praised its realism and hopefulness, and those reviewers seemed very satisfied. As I was listening, I was every bit as enthralled and entertained as I was when listening to the first two books. Suzanne Collins provides us with an opportunity to ask ourselves what a society should sacrifice to be reasonably comfortable, do means justify ends, who/what defines your life, and can you find personal happiness in chaos and recover from a life spent living in terror. I enjoyed every minute, and I am completely satisfied with the end. There is plenty of heartache, loss, violence, and grief; however, there is also hope, triumph of spirit, love, and honor in this book. Many thanks to the author, the narrator, and to audible for this enriching and reflective tale!
I really really enjoyed all 3 books! Maybe I'm silly, but I didn't see the twists coming when they did or it ending the way it did! I enjoyed the strong female character and the development of the other characters as well. I also like books that make you think a bit about the future and where we are heading. This one did that. Sometimes we think that our current state will last for ever, and that isn't exactly the case. So not only is this an enjoyable read but a warning of sorts.
I've been cheering for Peeta the entire time, and when she finally gives into her feelings its so quick. The ending just happens and it's done. Almost rushed. I kind of felt cheated of the happy ending. At least in a fairy tale you get to watch them fall in love before they say,"And they lived happily ever after." I didn't even get to witness her falling in love. (Which isn't the point of the book I know, but one of the reasons I loved it)
Still, I loved this series and would highly recommend it!!
Mockingjay is a good ending to great story. Maybe it's not as neat and pretty as some would like but war never is no matter who the victor. If you have read the first two books then don't skip this one. Just be prepared for a more realistic ending than a fairy tale one.
I know that some people have been disappointed by the end of this series. But, I thought it brought closure. I felt like there was a continuity of the game, the characters, and a continuity of message through out the book. Just my 2 cents.
I really enjoyed this series. I listened to the three books in quick succession after this third one came out, and I thought it was fun. Great narration.
"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.
"Brilliant story very well narrated"
I am rating this on behalf of my son. I think this ranks high for him as he was truely captivated by the story and wouldnt put it down - even long after bed time!!!
No - but this one was very good
This is my favourite book I have listened to it so many times. It's that series you can go back to over and over
It captures you time passes and you don't notice because your so engrossed and when it's over your sad because the characters are detailed and well written it was like you know them they are your people
Wonderful I will be looking for other books read by her. All three in the series she has given life to the story into my ears
Yes. It's one of those I stayed up too late listening too
"Didn't want it to end"
Brilliant. Fast paced
Haymitch, was always brilliant to listen to
No. I could put it down. Book one however once I got past the first few chapters was not put downable
The trilogy was really enjoyable. I bought the first book on audible and it sat on my device for months without me bothering to listen to it. And then I thought I would give it a go and I was hooked. Suzanne spends time creating her characters but never so much so that you begin to hunger for action again. It really is a brilliant trilogy and the last book does not disappoint. Is it as good as the first book? Perhaps not, mainly because in the last five or six chapters some of the action seems to happen too fast and I felt I wanted more description. However it was still very very good.
"Good story but long winded"
I found the narrator's American accent very annoying but I suppose I should have expected as it is an American book
The foam, foam, foam!
The narrators voice had too strong an American accent and the pronunciation of some words I found very annoying.
No, I very much enjoyed all 3 books in the trilogy but felt the story had gone on long enough.
Katniss' character comes across as very self absorbed, think this is the weakest of the three books
"More of a whimper than a bang"
An interesting change of pace where the protagonists take on a more revolutionary role - think "Tomorrow when the war began" and a little bit "Red Dawn"
I'd certainly give her stuff a go again - it is sufficiently good for parents (like me) to read their daughters books!
This book was the weakest of the trilogy. Whilst still well written it was stilted in places and felt a little like a clock running down rather than an exiting conclusion. It brought to mind Frodo's whinge trek through Mordor on occasions.
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