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)
Loved that I new that Katniss and Peta had to get together!!!
When Katniss shot the President of District 13.
The whole story moved me!!!
I would not consider this to be the case, because you can't just skim over the parts where Katniss is whining.
I was disappointed and felt as though there was no true conclusion; things abruptly ended.
The reader was fantastic, but this story was nothing like the first two. Katniss just came across as a whiny little girl, and while I understand that she has been through alot, that is not what I want to hear about. I wanted action like the first two novels, and got alot of drag in the plot.
I wish that I would have not listened to the hype about this trilogy.I wish that I could erase the fact that I read/listened to them at all. I wish that I never bought them at all.
Hunger Games was the tamest of the three, but all of them detailed starvation, deranged so-called "leaders" who were just plain SICK in all ways imaginable. This book and the trilogy in general just left me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. That the Hunger Games was filmed in my state just made it all that much worse. It has been a really long time since a work of fiction has made me feel so much rage for the characters. I felt rage at the injustices thrown at them, the abuse heaped upon them, and the games that these kids were subjected to. **Sigh** How it was classified as a children's book totally astounds me. Do NOT read this book if you have ever suffered any sort of abuse in your life, as triggers are written all through the 3 books.
It was a great story. I really cared about the characters.
The ending was so sad.
I loved the commentary at the end of the story.
the lead character is whiney, selfish and annoying. I loved the concept of the future USA in this book and the hunger games, etc...but I think the book "jumped the shark" when it introduces the mutt/wolves/dogs/dead character/being things. When they were introduced I exclaimed" ARE YOU SERIOUS! THAT IS SO DUMB!" I listened to all the books, hoping it would get better, the main characters would mature... to no avail. Thats what I get for reading/listening to a book with teenage characters...I cant relate...
I did like the narrator.
Yes sure it was a good listen, wraps up the story of catness quite well.
Excellent reader, really helps you get into the story.
"in the future, girls are on fire..." jk i don't know.
I loved this book, the story was great! The voice of the woman who read it however, was a different story! Her voice was grating and she made Katniss sound like an overly anxious and awkward girl instead of the strong, brave, even though sometimes desperate girl I had imagined. I'm not sure if the tinny sound of her voice was due to poor quality of the recording or if it was the woman's voice but it was irritating to the point that I wasn't sure I would actually finish listening to the book.
I would change nothing about the reading. Carolyn McCormick was so good that when I tried to read the book myself I would go too fast to get as into it. Her pace and skill at dramatic reading takes the reader through every moment. So listening to her really maximizes the experience.
As for the story itself: the things that "worked out" in the end did not make the agony worth it. The author cheated us out of satisfaction. I can respect her realism and avoidance of a typical "happy ending," but something was missing. I think Collins could have at least given us a good couple chapters on the reconciliation and love between Katniss and Peeta.
This story drew me in with tremendous force. I couldn't put it down
I enjoyed the fast pace and powerful story but wanted more in terms of character development.
As good as the first two books.
Have had a hard time limiting myself to only listen while on a trip.
"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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