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)
Thrillers zombies and action make my day! Fast moving stories and characters worth reading. New twists to a great genre will always get me
What a great story! Captures your attention right at the beginning and makes you want more. This one is suspenseful, energetic and imaginative. You're right there with all of the characters.
This book's target audiance may be teens but this is a greeat read for any age that enjoys adventure, romance, survival and sci-fi .
If you read the first book, then saw the first movie & belief in fairy tales then don't read this book or the second book. Like so, many trilogies this series ends in a big flop. You can guess from the second book how this book will end. No 'SPOILERS' here. The story is a good one just predictable which makes it worth reading if you want to confirm your own thoughts on how the series will end. To me this is just like the 'His Dark Material' series by Philip Pullman.
Yes, I love all the hunger the series.
Katniss last decision between Gale and Peeta, and the reason why she chose ..., totally touch my heart.
Retired 35 year policeman from So CA, relocated with my wife to South Carolina with "Toby" our cat. I listen to two books a week
If the author is not the reader, most audio books are better then print versions
She brought the book to life.
Book was a perfect conclusion to the trilogy.
Wish there were 3 more
Had to read the second and third books to find out what happened in the overall trajectory of the series, but ultimately I found the second and third books disappointing, a little boring at times, only held together by the occasional plot twist, and finally I was glad to be finished.
Better plot and more developed characters
Have well written story with meaningful culmination
She was OK given the poor story in the end.
I had to know what happened to the characters I fell in love in the first book. The author seemed to have lost her inspiration.
Loves reading books, but have limited time. So audible presents a perfect solution for me!
This book lacked a bit of character compared to the other two books.
No, not really.
I think Suzaane could have ended the series with a bit more flair and it felt that this was one book to far in the series.
Fun book. Great performance by the Narrator. Nice conclusion to the saga, but since the book is directed to a younger audience, it lacks depth, and it seems naive at times.
I loved this book just like the rest!
There was actually an ending.
Yes they were all good.
I would make a big deal about the Mockingjay!
I listen to many audiobooks and it would be impossible to rank, but I did really enjoy this book and couldn't wait to see how it ended. I loved the narrator also. Her voice was smooth and made me feel like I was inside Katniss's head while she was thinking.
Obviously, Katniss although I did love Gale, Haymitch and Cinna
Can't tell you without a spoiler alert. :)
When Cinna was attacked.
"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.
"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.
I had to listen to the final book and although I enjoyed it I thought it was the weakest of the trilogy. It was not as exciting as the previous books but still good and well narrated.
"Great story, but a poor choice of narrator"
A gripping piece of fiction, but this is not reflected in the audio version. Although the diction was clear, the narrator got the pacing totally wrong, and her choice of character voices was very poor. She made the main protagonist of the story sound whining, weak and frankly annoying.
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