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)
My regrets to the author & the narrator - this story just disappoints. Katniss' character, no doubt suffering from PTS, is insufferable. As a result of war, people get broken; such is the case for Peeta & Katniss. The narrative sorely lacks.There are jumps in the story & things just 'written off' which are unacceptable. The narrator is unsuitable - in my humble opinion. I, too, got to a point that I couldn't wait for the story to end.
I have read the reviews for this book and I am saddened by the negative points of view since this is the end of the series, and everyone can't be satisfied.
Every story can't have the ending that we want and I believe that Ms. Collins stayed with what really could happen in this type of society ravaged by war and pure greed. I took this as a lesson for "here and now" and discussed the negative elements with my 12 year old on how greed and arrogance can go terribly wrong.
I believe that the book covers HOPE in the ending and remember let's teach our children to love and not hate, exercise tolerance of others that are different because in the end we all do the same thing. Die.
Read the book and don't think of an ending you would like, but accept the one the author wrote for us. Myself I wish there could have been more or maybe a branchoff of the offspring from this society.
I really enjoyed this series. It had twist and turns I didn't see coming but that is what makes a good story.
Suzanne Collins did a great job with this series. My 14 year old son also loved the series. I think everyone that I know that has read the books say that they do not think they would like them but they are very addicting.
I enjoyed this narator but surprisingly I listened to Suzanne Collins read part of the first chapter and maybe she would have done better... Anyway, Thanks for another great listen!
I read the first two and really tried to give the audio version of the third a chance. However, the voice does not suit the character at all! Though hardened by her horrific experiences, she is supposed to be a teenager. There is no lilt or variety of expression in the narrator's voice. I found myself getting distracted from this captivating story because the audio presentation droned on.
A lot of reviews mention the ending. I liked the ending, it had a redeeming quality and the author's end notes were helpful, keep listening. I enjoyed book two best, but if you enjoyed the first two books it's well worth finishing the series.
Her voice of the lead character became tiresome by the end of the book. It reminded me of listening to a high school drama queen go on and on.
Great story with plenty of plot shifts.
Unfortunately, I really struggled to get through this book the first two I tore through but this one was a slow mover for me.
Most endings of well-loved series are sad, knowing that the characters and situations we've spent so long learning about and coming to love are at their journey's end. Mockingjay is no exception.
This series started out wonderfully, with The Hunger Games, quickly capturing attention and interest in this universe that Suzanne Collins has created. The next two books delve more deeply into the politics of the universe, straying further from the simple competitor's point of view to get a better view of the world as a whole. For people that enjoyed the first book for the games and the micro-politics that went on with them, the next two books would be a disappointment.
For people that left the first book wanting to see the ruling government get what's coming to them, the books only get better.
If you already have the first two books down, there's little point to reading this review. Finish off the series and enjoy it. If you're looking for a series to catch up on, this is one worth considering. But you probably want to read reviews for the other two books to see if this is the one for you.
Just a great great story for all ages. If you have not heard of this series, then you have been living under a rock.. So I don't have to tell you that it has won the hearts of millions. Don't judge this series by the movie, because the movie was just not so good. THIS SERIES IS SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!!!
"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.
First 2 books were fine. I enjoyed second one the most!
Third one was just to far fetched and over the top. Shame really
All saints trilogy
She was I fine, it was the book
"Great book, ending lacks punch"
I had not actually read the first two books (I only saw the films) which many people will consider a travesty I'm sure. However, I decided to dive straight into the third book as I wanted to know how it all ends - I was not disappointed and I did not struggle to follow any of the events and characters even without having read the first two books.
The book is really enjoyable, a tense and exciting close to the revolutionary dystopian trilogy. Some people have have not enjoyed the narrator but I did and felt she created suspense and drama appropriately and not overly so - which is a tricky balance considering the violent nature of the book.
My one gripe is that the ending was not entirely satisfying but I forgive the author this as it is probably quite realistic considering what the protagonist has been through.
"Rushed and Disapointing"
Without wanting to sound too mean.. I love the Hunger Games. Love the unique story line, the characters, the districts, the Capitol
I loved everything about this book until it got to the ending
WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH! Im left feeling so mad.. nothing but mindless Deaths and even at the end you can tell the moaning Prim is still not happy! I know life isnt always a happy ending but really!?!?
I have no idea how the silver screen will portray this last instalment.. there will be alot of changes I hope!
RUBBISH! Rushed.. to much death not enough "happy ending!" not happy it left so many unanswered questions.. there must be a 4th just so I can carry on with my life happy again!
Watching the 1st 2 films, and knowing there making this book into two films xxx
Catness everdeen love her xxx
Yes, but found every day life got involved and it took me 3 days xx
"Not the ending I expected"
A nice ending to the trilogy, with a few surprises along the way
Story – 4/5
This 3rd book surprised me, but in a good way. It didn’t go in the direction I was expecting overall, which made it even more entertaining. There were a lot of new ideas applied, and she finished it off with an almighty bang.
Most of the issues with the first two novels were ironed out quite nicely in the end, and we were able to see a more ruthless side of people’s personalities. Suzanne Collins did an excellent job in not making the war seem black and white, with it bringing out a different side of people’s personalities. I felt that this was a better representation of human nature and a vast improvement in her writing.
Performance – 4/5
Carolyn McCormick is an excellent voice actor and narrator. If you enjoyed her in the first two books, you will enjoy her in this. All characters had distinctly recognisable voices, and she was able to portray the emotions of them very well throughout.
Overall – 4/5
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