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's the weakest in the series but that's just because it ties up the first two books in a neat little package.
any rebellion story.
she brings the charters to life.
it was and i did try.
My phone didn't download the last 39 minutes of the story and I felt like a crack addict looking for wifi to get it.
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Not as good as the Hunger Games first part.
Others were better
I loved the first book in this series; I was engaged in the 2nd book; but the 3rd book was a struggle to get through. It was as if Collins felt she had to extend this to three books but ran out of captivating material. Stephen King would have wrapped this story into a single book and saved us all a little money. I won't give too much away for those of you who haven't started the 3rd book, but I was really disappointed in how Collins handled the resolution of Catniss' decision over Peta and Gayle. As a fundamental theme in all three books, I was shocked that it was resolved in an "off hand" way near the end of the book. I wish I would have saved my 3rd credit.
Resolution between Gale and Peta
Everyone is right: the final installment is dark and gritty, but I thought it pulled together well. From the first book, this trilogy never felt like material for young-young adults. I think it'd meet a TV-14 rating and there sure isn't anything in this book that isn't already available to young adults via TV or video games. "The Hunger Games" left me yearning for more action: here are these gruesome games and we get very little graphic detail. "Catching Fire" showed that the characters were growing some backbone and took the series to a new level. "Mockingjay" barred none, and I respect it for that. If it had an abruptly "happy" ending -- good simply triumphs evil with no internal conflicts, everybody's all smiles and the people of Panem cheer as Katniss gets to marry both Gale and Peeta and float off into the sunset -- then I (and I'm sure many others) would've been highly upset. This book provides a realistic outcome, like it or not, and had it succumbed to the facade of a Utopian world to come, I think the entire message would have been lost. And I'm not sure what all of the complaints are about; the ending isn't far from perfect, in fact, it's perhaps the most plausible.
My one complaint is that the book did crawl for quite a while and then throw everything into the last two to three hours. It still contained the most action of the series, but I'd say the first book was the most well-written and the second was the best at keeping my interest and keeping me guessing.
If looking for another good series to jump into, I'd recommend Neal Shusterman's "Everlost" trilogy, and especially his book, "Unwind".
Don't know. Didn't read the print version.
I had read some reviews that said it wasn't as good as the first two-- I thought it was just as good. It was different; but I thought it was a great ending to a great trilogy.
Can't say. It'd spoil it for someone.
Yes... Unexpected death of someone close...
I haven't had as much fun since the Steig Larson "Dragon Tattoo" series.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I read the first two book and I loved them. The ending has a great TWIST and she ends up with the right guy! (I won't say who he is! lol!)
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
I understand that this was an opportunity for Collins to make her social commentary wrap-up. I just wish she didn't beat me over the head with it.
Katniss was my favorite character to the end.
You have to read it to finish the trilogy. I enjoyed book I and book II immensely more than the III. Although well done, I don't really agree with the execution of the story line. Not that I wanted it to be predictable, just the word that comes to mind is 'unnecessary.'" There are open questions that don't get resolved and resoltions that don't make sense. It is almost like after Collins finished her solical commentary, she just wanted it to be over. I loved the first two books, the third no so much.
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
Hunger Games and Catching Fire were both excellent books. I expected the trend to continue with Mockingjay, the finale of The Hunger Games trilogy. I was disappointed. This book picks up shortly after Catching Fire ends, with Katniss in the hospital. It was disappointing to see exactly how much of the book she spent in hospital. The book starts slowly, picks up steam in the second act, and ends basically on a whimper. Peeta is a non-actor for a large part of the book. I understand that she was trying to show the psychological damage Katniss suffered up to this point, but she mainly succeeds in painting Katniss as a stubborn and sullen girl who wants nothing more than to sulk about in District 13.
Still, it is the conclusion to the trilogy and if one wants to journey with these characters to the end of their journey, one must read this book. It is still a good book despite its shortcomings, and Carolyn McCormick delivers her usual strong performance despite the weakness of the material. I recommend getting this book, but if you can use a credit or a discount for it, do so.
Although the series is great, this book starts out boring for the first 9-10 chapters, and especially for boys (mine is 13). But when it picks up it is great.
1.) The story was good. 2.)The reader's performance was excellent. 3.) For a person who loves and needs long stories to listen to while performing menial task, This series was just what the doctor ordered!!!
"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.
"great story, annoying voice"
I would recommend the book, I am a massive fan of the series
The readers voice was too slow and had a 'posh american' accent that distracted me from the story.
"The voice gets less annoying the more you listen"
I love the book. I've read it and listened to it at least 10 times combined. The narrator might be annoying to British listeners but me and mother both found that after about an hour you get used to it and actually it makes you find her different and the narrator almost became Katniss in the end. I recommend that even if you dislike the narrator when you try a trial to stick with her.
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"amazing!! love the whole trilogy!"
my favourite books to read over and over again! a brilliant ending to a captivating story! love the whole story! just wish there were more than 3 books!
"Excellent end to a good trilogy"
The Hunger Games trilogy is a great series, and the Mockingjay is a good final book for the trilogy. My only complaint is the narrator managed to make Katniss sound a bit whingy, which I didn't feel fitted her character. I read the other two books in print form, so probably had a fixed idea of Katniss's voice in my head, so perhaps this is an unfair comment. The story is exciting, and not predictable. I recommend it!
"Good story, but performance let's the side down"
The story is good, although perhaps not as good as the first book in the series.
The performance of the audio book does sadly let it down however - the reading seems almost disjointed and the tone of the readers voice changes randomly, as if sections have been recorded out of sequence and not edited together especially well.
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