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Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games | [Suzanne Collins]

Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

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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Publisher's Summary

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....

Still hungry? Listen to more Hunger Games.

©2010 Suzanne Collins (P)2010 Scholastic Audio

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    GS 08-28-10
    GS 08-28-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Conflicting Emotions"

    Ah... I think after the strong ending in "catching fire" that mockingjay might become more action oriented.

    What I didn't bargain on was the book becoming so dark and for so long. I guess Hunger Games and Catching Fire had element of colourful naive adventure in them. Mockingjay is not colourless but dark, confronting and causes a ruckus of emotion in the listener.

    I can understand people not liking the book - because it isn't what they had signed up for. They had signed up for light YA games. This is the mature adult reality of life. Suzanne Collins causes the readers to grow up to these issues quite quickly. They need to realise that the book is still beautifully written and narrated. There is still a story and a message.

    I think the ending gives closure but not the warm pleasant feeling of a happy ending. Everyone must wish that certain bloody events didn't occur.

    Definite worth listening but be warned - don't expect everyone to come unscathed and DO keep tissues handy.

    82 of 91 people found this review helpful
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    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 04-15-12
    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 04-15-12

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "Well done... but bitter-sweet..."

    As to be expected whenever a book that you have grown to enjoy comes to an end, you get a bitter sweet feeling. It gets worse when the book ends in a way that you don't really perceive it...

    The book was narrated well enough; I think it was done far better in this book more due to the fact that the mental state of the characters in this book suited the narrator's strong area. The narrator does tortured/confused very well... you'll get what I mean when/if you listen to the book.

    The book was bitter-sweet at the best. I feel sorry for how scarred and broken most of the characters ended up IMHO and the end of the book seemed somewhat rushed to me. It was good... but not great, definitely not up to the standard of the previous 2 books, but it was good enough. Not horrible to the point where it is unreadable of course, just bitter-sweet overall...

    35 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Schreiber Texas 02-26-12
    Sue Schreiber Texas 02-26-12 Member Since 2002

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    "A very satisfying ending"

    After reading some of the other reviews I was not sure how much I would like this last book. However I knew I had to read it so I would know how the story ended. I am so glad I put the opinion of others aside and read with an open mind to decide for myself if it was a worthy read.
    I don't think the book could have ended any other way. This is not a story about sunshine and roses (no pun intended). It is about children forced to pay for the sins of their ancestors. The whole subject of the series is dark and disturbing and if you go into it knowing it is not going to be a feel good story your appreciation of the ending is greatly enhanced.
    Katniss is not a super hero she is a teenager who has been physically, emotionally, and mentally abused. She has been put upon a pedestal against her will and expected to know all the answers, when in fact she is just a child trying to make her way in a harsh cruel world.
    I like the fact that she doesn't have all the answers, that she breaks down and not always does what is expected. This makes her a much more believable character, much more human. If you pay attention to the personalities of the characters in the story they are all flawed, so it would not fit if she always knew and did the right thing.
    This is a story about real people with all their faults, not super heroes, which is what makes the story a much better read.
    The story line is dark and tragic and if you are not able to read about bad things happening to children this is not the series you want to read. It is not a feel good story, but it is very thought provoking. It will make you have second thoughts about the state of our world as we know it today.

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Michele McCole Moss 09-15-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Not what I expected, but . . ."

    My first reaction to the conclusion was that the book lacked a certain sense of triumph. I wanted good things to happen to characters who I'd come to love. However, I have listened to the book twice, read it once and re-read the last few chapters a number of times. I think Collins point was to make the book as war-like as possible. There is loss. There are many, many things that the survivors will never recover from, yet they live. I thought Collins conveyed the sacrifice of change very well. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

    53 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna Lake Dallas, TX 10-20-11
    Deanna Lake Dallas, TX 10-20-11 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Just a Pawn"

    This trilogy has to be one of my favorite book series, and this book is a fantastic end to a fantastic trilogy, with a twisted ending. As with all the books it is a quick read, and I think the target audience really is for both adults and teens, but not any younger.

    The characters all have major faults and change throughout the book in what I would call a realistic way. One major point to remember is that Katniss is NOT the heroine of the story, but rather a pawn of politics, if you are expecting her to be the great hero in the story you will be sadly disappointed. This book has a different feel than the two other books which are based around the actual Hunger Games, this one's setting is the battlefield between the Districts and the Capitol. This book is very much a tragedy and does not have the type of happy ending ending I was hoping for, although it does tie up the loose ends and I think tried to make the best of the situation and had a very natural and realistic end.

    43 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Brierfield, AL, United States 09-13-10
    Kim Brierfield, AL, United States 09-13-10
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    "You will NOT be disappointed - fulfilling finale.."

    I have read many poor reviews for this final book in the Mockingjay series - to the extent I almost did not read it. Thank goodness I decided to put those aside and form my own opinions. I don't leave this series full of disappointment , frustration or angst. I depart feeling saddened but encouraged - knowing a long due resolution and sense of completeness and hope was provided to the much abused characters.

    I was worried I would regret investing in the main characters, but the opposite is true. The author provided both a compelling storyline and a fulfilling resolution to the many difficulties faced throughout this series.

    As to those who lament the darkness of the story, the destruction of life, or the poor development of characters - I say they must be idealistically naive souls who have yet to face the realities of this life. There was no indescriminate destruction of life, but a sorrowful depiction of what so often occurs during those horrible situations so commonly arising during war. As to character development, how would you imagine a teenager thrown into horror movie scenarios in an attempt to protect her little sister's life, only to lose so much to the very people she thought were on her side in the end would be affected? To have all illusions shattered at such a critical and tumultuous age would be mind-numbing and life altering at best. Most people would never recover to the point they could live normal lives following such torturous abuse. These strong characters manage to give others hope by not only surviving, but in choosing to LIVE. If you were to lose all that mattered most to you, be physically tortured and mentally attacked brutally and repeatedly, would you be strong enough to face your fears and choose to continue? To be part of a new and hopefully better world? I commend the author for her depth of commitment to an honest depiction and her strength imbued to characters enabling them to embrace the hope needed to survive.

    57 of 69 people found this review helpful
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    Eric J. Krause 03-07-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Excellent End to the series"

    I found this to be a wonderful ending to this epic trilogy. It went on so many twists and turns that I had no idea where it would end up. I would guess what would happen next, and though I was right, the book would amp up what just happened to levels I wasn't expecting. It is quite violent, but that's the nature of the series, and I applaud it for being so gritty. All in all, this is a series that should be read. Dark? Yes, but also quite moving.

    As for the narration, I found it to be excellent. Carolyn McCormick did an excellent job of mixing up her voice for the various characters without being silly. Some of the voices, basically those of Capitol characters, might have seemed a bit silly, but that actually fit the characters best. All in all, she did a superb job!

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    Patricia 09-23-10
    Patricia 09-23-10

    Busy mom and "Nana" so love the audiobooks so I can keep hands free for multi-tasking. Originally from So. Calif., living in Montana.

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    "I Loved This Series but..."

    I was completely in love after reading Hunger Games. I anxiously waited for Catching Fire and likewise counted the months, then days for the release of Mockingjay. I finished the book, and was just sitting, staring. My husband asked me if I was okay. I wasn't sure. The book was jarring and left me depressed.

    The author is a wonderful writer and narrator was great, but the story was grossly disappointing. It always seems that the last chapter of trilogy books are a fast forward, tying up loose ends but there is no depth, just a few words of resolution for the reader. Mockingjay feel into that trap. I adored the first, less so the second because of its abrupt ending, but I was very disappointed in the final installment.

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    Amazon Customer Utah 09-18-10
    Amazon Customer Utah 09-18-10 Member Since 2009

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    "A Warning for Our Time"

    Katniss Everdean is a hero. I love this character. She is a survivor, but she survived with class. She kept her humanity intact in a crazy world. I am wondering how I would do under the same circumstances.

    I read Elie Weisel's must-read autobiography, "Night", just after I finished "Mockingjay". Weisel was a jewish teenager when he was taken by the Germans to Auschwitz. He doesn't know why he survived to tell the tale, but he did. The comparison of these two stories hit me hard, and I didn't know which was worse, the true story or the fiction. I think, as bad as Katniss had it, Elie Weisel had it worse. How can we treat other human beings so badly? It is way, way out of my ken, and yet, our society is edging closer and closer to that sort of thing every minute of every day.

    The Hunger Games trilogy is a warning to us to hold on to what we have, and most especially, hold on to our humanity.

    As always, Carolyn McCormick is an outstanding narrator.

    41 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Mililani, HI, United States 08-31-10
    Brent Mililani, HI, United States 08-31-10
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    "What could have been much more"

    I found the first two books of the series to be enjoyable and thought-provoking. Any first book of a series is full of discovery and often the most eye-opening as was The Hunger Games. The second book can sometimes be a sophomore slump, but I thought Catching Fire was as entertaining and moving as the first.

    I anticipated Mockingjay would hold the same kind of discovery and adventure. Instead, I found the plot to be haphazard and confusing. I was left with questions throughout the book. I expected many to be answered by the book's end, but as the time wound down I became frustrated knowing that some of my questions would not have answers.

    The dark edge of the book did not bother me and I enjoyed Carolyn McCormick's narration. She has become a character of the audiobook series.

    With all that said, if you are a fan of the book, you will undoubtedly have to listen to this book, too. While I am disappointed in some of the aspects of the book, I do not regret listening to it.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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  • Ligs
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    4/6/12
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    "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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Miriam
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    12/5/11
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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Neath, United Kingdom
    6/15/11
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    "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!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • david
    manchester, United Kingdom
    5/18/12
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    "poor ending!!!!!"

    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.....

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Buckinghamshire, UK
    9/2/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rozz
    Winkleigh, United Kingdom
    12/12/14
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    "Brilliant story very well narrated"
    Where does Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am rating this on behalf of my son. I think this ranks high for him as he was truely captivated by the story and wouldnt put it down - even long after bed time!!!


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No - but this one was very good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carly
    12/7/14
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    "Love it"
    What made the experience of listening to Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

    This is my favourite book I have listened to it so many times. It's that series you can go back to over and over


    What did you like best about this story?

    It captures you time passes and you don't notice because your so engrossed and when it's over your sad because the characters are detailed and well written it was like you know them they are your people


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful I will be looking for other books read by her. All three in the series she has given life to the story into my ears


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It's one of those I stayed up too late listening too


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karl
    11/30/14
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    "Didn't want it to end"
    If you could sum up Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant. Fast paced


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favourite?

    Haymitch, was always brilliant to listen to


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I could put it down. Book one however once I got past the first few chapters was not put downable


    Any additional comments?

    The trilogy was really enjoyable. I bought the first book on audible and it sat on my device for months without me bothering to listen to it. And then I thought I would give it a go and I was hooked. Suzanne spends time creating her characters but never so much so that you begin to hunger for action again. It really is a brilliant trilogy and the last book does not disappoint. Is it as good as the first book? Perhaps not, mainly because in the last five or six chapters some of the action seems to happen too fast and I felt I wanted more description. However it was still very very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    11/19/14
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    "Good story but long winded"
    Would you try another book written by Suzanne Collins or narrated by Carolyn McCormick?

    I found the narrator's American accent very annoying but I suppose I should have expected as it is an American book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3?

    The foam, foam, foam!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrators voice had too strong an American accent and the pronunciation of some words I found very annoying.


    Do you think Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I very much enjoyed all 3 books in the trilogy but felt the story had gone on long enough.


    Any additional comments?

    Katniss' character comes across as very self absorbed, think this is the weakest of the three books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H
    BOSTON, United Kingdom
    9/24/14
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    "More of a whimper than a bang"
    What made the experience of listening to Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

    An interesting change of pace where the protagonists take on a more revolutionary role - think "Tomorrow when the war began" and a little bit "Red Dawn"


    Would you be willing to try another book from Suzanne Collins? Why or why not?

    I'd certainly give her stuff a go again - it is sufficiently good for parents (like me) to read their daughters books!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was the weakest of the trilogy. Whilst still well written it was stilted in places and felt a little like a clock running down rather than an exiting conclusion. It brought to mind Frodo's whinge trek through Mordor on occasions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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