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)
While I thought that this whole story, from the first book to this one, was a bit of a cheap rip off of 1984, it had the potential to be entertaining, and to a modest degree fulfilled that potential. The biggest issue with this book was not the book, it was the narrator. She constantly over emphasised words that clearly were not meant to be over emphasized, enunciated in awkward places, and generally made a mess of this book. Add to that the way she made all of the characters, especially the lead protagonist, sound like whinny, pathetic wimps and you have all the makings of a horrible story. She should never narrate another book again, and certainly not one that is a best seller.
Book Two with the same great narrator. The story continues with more twists and turns.
I loved listening to the 3 books all at once. I had read the books as they were published and it was a pleasure to listen to the Hunger Games trilogy. I could not stop listening. Great read and listen for young adults and adults alike. I would love to meet Katness and see where she lives.
Enjoyed the first book. Second didn't appeal to me the same way. Third is mostly about the nightmares, the kisses, the nostalgia and was a big let down for me. Instead of elaborating on the war against the capital and uncovering the actors that double crossed her, the lead character wallows in pain, suffering and self pity. The author could have taken the subsequent books to a new level instead of using the same old formulas over and over again. Will skip her books next time.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I can't say I really enjoyed this book series. Too violent for me. The minute torture comes into a story, I usually bail. I don't care if it is emotional or physical. I do think it is well-written and I felt compelled to read to the end and get the characters to a settled place. I do think that it works better as a comment or warning on governmental issues and would be a great read for a high school government class. Life is hard enough without me being concerned about book characters. I still think it was probably worth reading and thinking about, but I'm VERY glad to be done with it. Maybe I'll go read a Cat Who ....... book by Braun to balance it out.
Collins really is a talented writer, which is why this book is such a let down. The Hunger Games was very well done, blending hope and despair in equal measures. It was one of those books that you think about long after you've finished it. Catching fire, the second book in the series, was a little darker, but still left the reader interested and hopeful, and looking forward to more of Katness Everdean. This third book was the epitime of dark, brooding hopeless despair from start to finish. To top it off the author decided to throw in some disfigurement and drug addiction and it leaves you feeling used, wreched, wasted, tired and dirty. Usually the terms haunting and unforgettable, are used as compliments, but in this case, they are both true and very unfortunate.
Does anyone else live in paralyzing fear that all of their web based items (games, books, etc) could one day become lost??? Backing up to CD
I did see several reviews of this book warning that it did not have a satisfactory conclusion, but I had gotten so involved with the characters & their world that I had to make the mistake of seeing it the rest of the way through for myself.
The only thing I can hope for is that the screenplay writers decide that the ending as it was in the book will not do for movies & make some changes to it. I'm not saying all books need to have happy go-lucky endings, but this was just devastatingly depressing! The series was so strong & emotional and then...this.
I agree with many reviewers, if you’ve invested your time in the first two, you will want to finish. So, know that this book is gory, dark, and while others say predictable, I think that some of the characters are now behaving “out of character” and thus seems a betrayal to the reader. Katniss is hard to understand, and difficult to like in this book – between her treatment of Gale and Peeta and being the Mocking Jay. Katniss is only 17, and 17 year olds are not consistent or predictable – certainly not when it comes to their love life. Also, we do not feel closure or have a sense of what will come in the future for some of the characters we have come to know and like. The last few pages/minutes are so centered around Katniss that the ending feels a bit incomplete.I can say that I am glad I finished the series and would read others from Suzanne Collins. But I can't say that I would put this on my favorites or even on the list to read again. Mocking Jay is worth the listen in order to finish the series, but it is not the strongest of the three.
First, for the first time in years I read the reviews for the 2nd and 3rd installments because half way through the first book, I just had to know if the characters followed all the way through. After reading some of the not-so-flattering reviews of book 3, I wasn't sure what I would find. Oh my gosh!! I say the ending couldn't have been better. It seemed real and I shed a few tears. Loved them all! Thank you. [Mrs. Stephen]
"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.
"Read the last few chapters only..."
Unfortunately, this book was the worst in the trilogy. Think a cheesy, teen love drama which is distracted by the fact that there is a rebellion going on. The fight against the Capitol is almost an afterthought through most of this book.
The saving grace I think was the end where the depth of the story and the grey nature of reality and war are explored in greater depth. It feels like the author had so much potential to really expand the scope of the story but was afraid to go there in order to keep the series grounded to its core audience of young children. That's in stark contrast to other stories for teens/young adults such as the Harry Potter franchise or even Animorphs where the main focus was always on the struggles and war and how the main characters evolve to deal with their dire situations.
The trilogy overall was definitely distracted by the love triangle which got really annoying in the last book where a very serious situation would be peppered with teen angst about which boy Katniss likes best.
I still think it's worth a read even if it's just to get some closure as there are some themes which did get me thinking even though throughout most of this book I had to struggle not to stop and delete the whole thing from my phone.
"GOOD LISTEN love the story"
no.I love the books so SO much..but the thing I think with ALL audio books is I like how you can do other things while listening. But the book is brilliant
No idea, the book is SO brutal, you need to be prepared for it!It's the best out of the trilogy though..!
Urm I personally think she is a bit monotoned..
I cried. Have tissues.
I really enjoyed this, like I said above it is my favourite out of all of the books..!
loved all the books of the hunger games. very imaginative and gripping. very well done
"Amazing story line with many tragic moments"
Always had my attention and I was always excited for my next listen to the book
My most memorable moment was when Katniss entertained everyone by playing with Buttercup and a torch.
She helped me visualise scenes that I couldn't the the book
No way, this took me a whole month to listen to although I only listened it small chunks each night
enjoyed it very much, easy to imagine and picture the scene and lose yourself in th book
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