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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Should have been epic

Such a poor finish to this wonderful series. There could have been so much more. It really should have and could have been a whopper of an ending. Wholly unsatisfying. Ms. Collins - please do better in the future.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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It is a dark ending

I must agree with many of the reviewers thus far, for a book that had so much hope for these characters the end is very dark. I believe for a YA novel it should have had much less darkness than expressed and of course it makes you wonder why the author chose this path. In the previous installments it was clear that Peeta and Katnis' world was never a like those in the capital but their ending and the other characters who the author through the voice of Ms. McCormick really tug at you. I cried the entired novel. It was hard to stop because I kept thinking parts of this must be a dream. I finished the book yesterday evening and when I had nearly an hour left, I felt so down by the story- I almost stopped. I am glad I finished it because it has some bright points at the end. I just wish a few more of the characters I learned to love in this last installment were treated better by the author. An interesting read/listen- not nearly as good as the first two!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • holley
  • pennington, nj
  • 09-12-10

So well written and nicely concluded

This series is so clever and interesting. In between books 2 and 3 I pondered the end and Suzanne Collins still surprised me! I really loved it, even went back to listen to the last hour again after I was done because I was sad it was over. I really appreciated the epilogue that gave the listener/reader an insight into the future. I would have liked a bit more information about some of the others.

The series as a whole is pretty violent and Mockingjay is the most. I heard recently that 5th graders in my town are reading it and I think it's too violent for that age. But I think anyone over 14 or 15 would find these books give them a lot to think about and are a very interesting story. Adults will definitely find the books intriguing. I don't actually think it should be marketed as a Young Adult book, but it was probably done that way merely because the characters are mostly teens.

Some people have criticized the reader. I actually like her a lot in this book, because I think she conveys well the ambivalence Catniss experiences at every crossroad.

I was riveted to the very end. Loved it, and am sad it's over.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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MEH

OK - I really wanted to like this book.
I listened to the first 2 in the series and througly enjoyed them, even with the arena repetition in Catching Fire. I bought it on release day - that's how excited I was.
I anxiously awaited the final book, expecting more of the fantastic writing I had come to expect from the series.
I didn't get it
By the end of the first hour, I was ready to slap Catniss, and simply didn't care about what she did any longer. She sulked and whined and plotted and whined and, oh yes, she whined. She was safe and fed and warm as were her family, but all she could do was complain
Overall the book had potential, especially when we start to see the Rebels and the Capitol blend together in behaviour. Some scenes were quite good. Overall, not nearly up to the potential shown in earlier books. Ends were left hanging, the major tragedy was obvious almost from the start - just disappointing.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 09-03-10

Somewhat disappointing series ender

While I feel nothing could top The Hunger Games, there was nothing new or even slightly creative in this story. It constantly brought the new reader up to date on past history but gave its loyal fans nothing to grab onto or love or even feel. This book certainly could not stand on its own. We all knew the capital was going to be defeated but were anxious to know who Katniss would choose. It was hard to even care after the book was over. I had hoped for so much more feeling from this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Series, good book

Let me start off by saying that I am a 40 year old male and after hearing my daughter and her friends talking about the first book, I had to check it out. I fell in love with the universe that Suzanne Collins created in Hunger Games and thought that Catching Fire was even better. I am not in the target audience but I loved this series even though I was disappointed in the ending.

The ending felt too real to me and in fiction I'm hoping for something a little more happy go lucky. So there is nothing wrong with this book, but just not the direction that I was hoping the series would take.

This is just me and I could see others really enjoying this ending.

So Check it out yourself and you may be pleasantly surprised.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Resolution at such a cost

Suzanne Collins wraps up The Hunger Series with a bang in this, the last book in the trilogy. I'm sad to see the series end, but thoroughly enjoy her writing style and shaping of the characters. The readers are in for some big surprises in this book and we find out how absolutely evil President Snow (and the Capital?) really are. I really appreciate the way it's all told from Katniss' perspective even her perceptions of what is happening to her even when she is practically incoherent are written so well as to pull the reader into her confusion and pain. This book seems a little bit more poetic than the others and definitely more brutal. All the characters are there and some new. Without going on forever about it, I LOVED IT!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • Terre Haute, IN, United States
  • 08-29-10

Disappointing Selection

I couldn't wait for the release of this title. I was fascinated by the first two books in the trilogy, but the final installment of the trilogy leaves much to be desired. The writing is disappointingly graphic and the mood of this novel reaches a new level of darkness for the trilogy. I would have thought that a talented writer such as Collins would not have to resort to gore and explicit violence as a basis for her writing.

While this series is not cited as a love story, I was left dumbfounded at the author's resolution to the main character's internal conflict of which of her suitors will beome her life's companion. The epilougue is an inadequate attempt to wrap up the trilogy in a sloppy, depressing pacackage.

I wish I had not listened to the third book, as I find that it has lessened my appreciation for the first two. As an educator, I certainly would not recommend this to my intermediate/middle grade students as I had the first two books. To that point, I don't think I would recommend this to mature writer's either.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Really surprised by the low ratings

I'd say this was a fitting end to the series. I kept waiting for the book to get painfully dark, but really didn't feel it did. I thought it was realistic, and a good listen. Carolyn McCormick did an excellent job, just as she had with the other books in the series.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Leah
  • san pablo, CA, United States
  • 09-06-10

disappointed..

where is the strong and courageous katniss?? I don't even recognize peeta and don't really like gale...and if the truth be told, katniss herself really got on my nerves..I can't understand why or how gale and peeta loved her so much..this book was so different, unexpectedly so, from the other two...

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • 07-01-13

Not as good as 1 and 2

Not as good as 1 and 2 but that being said I could stop listening and have actually read and listened to 3 times :) hoping that the film franchise does this whole story justice...

The narrator was easy to listen to and really bought the story to life for me.

Have been on audible for a couple of months and am living it...

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  • joe
  • 06-30-13

A good book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This kept me entertained the whole way through

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

No it wss just fine

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

A performance well delivered

Could you see Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes

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  • Crime Fiction Groupie
  • 06-30-13

Hunger Games finale - excellent

Suzanne Collins has written a very engaging and entertaining series, and for me kept up the suspense and thrills throughout. HG3 is quite different to 1 and 2, naturally given the change in focus from the games to the war. Some very emotional moments, and satisfying closure on most threads of the story - but not all.

As noted previously, the narrator didn't do it for me in Book 1 but by this one, I'd warmed to her characterisation of Katniss and the others.

Great job all round - highly recommended.

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  • Colin
  • 05-24-13

Kids loved it

Also downloaded this for my 11 year old daughter who had read the books and loved the film, she loved the audible story as much as the books!

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  • Lorna
  • 04-14-13

Slow to get going

A good end to a great trilogy. My only complaint would be that this third book seems a little slow to get going and there is a lot of initial scene setting without the plot moving forward a great deal in the early stages - perhaps it is because I was too impatient to know what happens to Katniss and the others!! Still.. if you enjoyed the first two books then you are sure to enjoy this concluding one.

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  • David
  • 04-14-13

Excellent end to the series

Having listened to the previous two books in the series I was expecting more of the same and was not disappointed. This provided an excellent end to the series. Overall I was very pleased with the series and was would recommend it to any fan of the genre. My one complaint is that the very end of this book seemed a bit rushed but this was very minor.

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  • Mr
  • 04-14-13

Slow end to a good series

I enjoyed the first two books in the series and found myself making time to listen to them in between other activities. However, the final book was very slow in comparison. It was a hard act to follow and unfortunately as a third book would always battle to maintain the originality in concepts. I just found it to be pretty average whereas the first book in particular was good because of being such a unique concept.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-13-13

Satisfactory conclusion

Finally reach the end of the trilogy. Not as good as the first part of the story, but still very exciting, with a twist in the end. A good read that keeps you guessing all the way.

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  • Lynne
  • 04-13-13

Shocking!!

I was repeatedly surprised by the twists and turns in this book! The ending was not at all what I anticipated. I was gripped the whole way through the book and it kept a fast pace throughout.

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  • DENIS
  • 04-13-13

Great finale to the series, but a lot darker

The final book bringing all the lead up in the book one and book two to a great final story with twists. The first two books built the foundation to the darker side in book three, which was needed to show the harsher world that Katniss Everdeen lives. I can't wait for the final movies to come out and hopefully they stay true to the books