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Mockingjay: The Final Book of the Hunger Games (Library Edition): The Final Book of the Hunger…

by Suzanne Collins

SCHOLASTIC INC | September 1, 2010 | Reinforced Library Binding

Mockingjay: The Final Book of the Hunger Games (Library Edition): The Final Book of the Hunger Games: Library Edition is rated 3.5891 out of 5 by 129.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she''s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she''s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what''s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss''s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.

Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins''s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

Format: Reinforced Library Binding

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.55 × 5.83 × 1.29 in

Published: September 1, 2010

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545310601

ISBN - 13: 9780545310604

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great. Great book. Worth buying and reading before the movie comes out.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A powerful ending. Honestly I can say that I read this novel not knowing what Collins was going to throw at me. I devoured every chapter and knowing Collins style... each chapter had a cliff hanger!!! I am glad on the way Collins wrapped the series up because my emotions were in turmoil, ranging from sadness, relief, gratitude, oh the list can go on...
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I loved the story. The story was brilliant, but it was very dull the first half of the book. I expected way more, yet was still pleased with the entire series.
Date published: 2013-03-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good Series I absolutely loved the books and the series the ending of the last book however was terrible. The last chapters of the book it was if someone else had finished it for her and they had not read any of the other books either that or she just wanted to finish the books and slapped together an ending without any feeling. I did not feel that is how Katniss would have responded and was seriously disappointed. In my mind I will remember the series with the ending it should have had and not the one that Suzanne wrote for it.
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Really Well Suzanne Collins, I have finally¸got through the third one with considerable effort. Some people may think this series to be a good triology but I am certainly not one of them. Katniss`s character is at its worst. She is not a hero, she is a kid with absolutely no control. Very bad ending. Requires much more meat on the relationship with Coin. A waste of time and money.
Date published: 2013-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotionally Gripping; Realistic Based upon a few of the reviews I read, I think some people were not expecting realism. Mockingjay is completely realistic to how Katniss, in her situation, would react. The emotions are tugging, and there were times that I cried. The ending could have had a more solid finish, but that is my only complaint for the ending of this trilogy. The Hunger Games - 5/5 (Amazing description, pulls the reader in, keeps the action going) Catching Fire - 4/5 (Slow start, and a bit of filler at the beginning... Though the second half, the arena, makes up for it.) Mockingjay - 5/5 (Keeps the reader on their toes, merciless-unexpected deaths, and gripping emotion.)
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not nearly as amazing as the first 2 I'll keep it simple. Book 1: Amazing. 5/5 Book 2: Amazing, almost, almost better then the first. 5/5 Book 3: Horrible. 2/5 I had a lot of trouble putting the pieces together and seeing the story in my head. I didn't understand all of the "traps" or whatever they called it in the Capitol. If the first 2 hadn't been so incredibly amazing, this book would've made a bigger impact on me. But since the first 2 were, like, SO FREAKING AMAZING!, Mockingjay was super, SUPER disappointing.
Date published: 2012-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointment When you finish a book you should have this sense of emotional satisfaction. This book does not give you that feeling. I enjoyed The Hunger Games, I thought it was an easy read and the ending had me craving for more. Catching Fire wasn't as well written in my opinion I felt that the 75th Hunger Games was a walk in the park rather than a battle to the death. It was just blah however I did like how she dove deeper into some of the past victors she breifly mentioned in the previous book (especially Finnick). Mocking Jay fell extremely below my expectations, to the point where I won't even re-read it. It felt like she took the easy way to end the series instead of diving deeper into things. The series didn't end with a bang it sort of just sizzled out. It's deffinetly not the worst book I've read but I was hoping for a more satisfying ending.
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from WOW....NOT! I enjoyed the first two books in this series so I don't want to be too negative about Mockingjay but let's just say it was disappointing and leave it at that.
Date published: 2012-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A LITTLE OF THE SIZZLE IS GONE Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games not once, but twice. The second time in an unexpected rescue which deposited her in the mysterious District 13. Long thought to be bombed out, Katniss discovers it is anything but the empty shell portrayed for years. The residents have simply gone underground and developed of new life style. Try as she might Kat cannot seem to fit in, until she is “drafted” into becoming the Mockingjay … symbol of hope to everyone trying to overthrow the capital. There were a few surprises in this book and there were a few shocks in this book, unfortunately the surprises and shocks were not reserved for the ending … I saw that one coming. Overall it was a good book, true to the characters and true to the story thus far, but somehow lacking. I didn’t feel as invested in the characters as in the first book and found myself having a few “awww – come on” moments. I loved the first book and really like the trilogy but with apologies to all, I think it lost a little of its sizzle as it went on.
Date published: 2012-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fell short. I thought it was very slow and felt flat. Not what I expected and did not go out with a bang.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don’t know where to begin with this book. It felt like it took me forever to read it but it really only took me two days. I want to say that this book had a lot of filler in it, but that is just being mean and not being accurate because I absolutely loved it. It was a lot of the same stuff over and over again about killing President Snow and choosing between Peeta and Gail. But not only that! The author had to make this a long book to show how Katniss was slowly losing faith in herself and how everything was slowly spiriling downhill. Those sorts of things do not happen in a few days. The author did an amazing job in showing the struggles Katniss went through, physically and internally. This book begins with Katniss in the hospital after the end of her second time in the Hunger Games. Haymitch, her mentor, saved her life and got her out of there right on time before the Capitol could get her. Finnick was lucky to be taken with her as well but president Snow got a hold of Peeta before the people from District 13 could save him. Katniss was being treated in District 13 since no where else was safe anymore. She suffered some injuries while in the arena and District 13 was doing a good job at bringing her back to her previous self. She and her family now had to live there as well. Her home, District 12, was blown to bits with nothing left but the three victors’ homes. Half of the District's residents were killed on site including all of Peeta’s family. Throughout Katniss’ entire life she thought that District 13 was a bunch of rubble, but it really it is an underground District determined to take over the Capitol. Katniss is and will forever be the Mockingjay. Her face and actions are the only things that are keeping the rebels alive and determined to win over the poverty and unfair laws of President Snow. Other districts have rebelled against the Capitol and it is only a matter of time before they succeed. Katniss is hell bent of getting Peeta back because President Snow is brainwashing him to hate Katniss. The war must go on and Katniss agrees to be their Mockingjay on a few conditions. The two main ones were to rescue Peeta and that she gets to personally kill President Snow. The entire book shows how Katniss slowly loses her mind and she has to keep reminding herself who she is. All of her exterior battle scars have been healed but the mental scars keep adding up until there is no more of the real Katniss anymore. She is no longer the seventeen year-old that volunteered as tribute for her little sister in her first Hunger Games. This is not a happy book, nor do I think that was the authors intentions. The author is trying to portray that once someone goes through hardships like Katniss did with the war… they never return as the same person. They are forever changed. There were a few confusing parts that I had to re-read, but other than that, I was hooked on every word. This book didn’t bring out that many emotions as Catching Fire did, but the tears kept flowing at the end (im not ruining anything) when Butercup returns home. I have no idea why I cried so much. I loved the ending and I totally agree with how the author chose to finish it off. It was definitely worth the read and I highly recommend the series to people looking for a book to get lost in. My thoughts cannot get over this book yet. It might take me some time. Now, all I have to do is watch the movie!
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This was a somewhat disappointing ending to a great series. Even though the author had the whole book to end it, the last 100 pages felt very choppy and rushed. The first two novels were much better. Still worth a read however, as I enjoyed most of it!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very disappointing. The first two books of the trilogy were fantastic and moved along smoothly. The story progression in the last book, Mockingjay, was unnatural and very choppy. Too much was put in one book. It seemed as if Suzanne couldn't wait to finish it, because the end moved at such a fast pace, it was like I was trying to read a soap opera. Honestly, it wouldn't have hurt the series if she had taken the plot of the last book and made two books. The epilogue could have made a good three or four concluding chapters. With all of the commotion to happen in this book, she could have elaborated on a few key points a lot more.
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from the worst of the trilogy I was really excited to read the ending to the Hunger Games trilogy as I LOVED the first 2 books. I found this one to be a huge dissapointment - the story and character devlopment seemed to be written in a different manner and didn't seem to fit the other two books. I found it hard to finish this book and didn't think there was much of a climax to it. I also feel the ending did not do the story justice. Glad to have finished the Trilogy but very disappointed with the ending.
Date published: 2012-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Satisfying I loved the first two books, but I found the 3rd to be a little heavy on the violence, considering the target age. I also couldn't focus too much on who some of the new characters were (there seemed to be a lot), although I was reading the book every day for a week. Not sure what it was, but I also struggled to remember some of the physical descriptions to go with the names (ie. Homes, Paylor, Jackson, Enobaria). The plot was good, but at times tedious, and I thought the ending was satisfying enough. It probably would have been good to split the book into 2 parts, then tie up some of the loose ends a little better, just to give the readers a greater sense of completion. On the whole it had me reading in suspense and avoiding a bunch of other things to enjoy it! 3.5 stars.
Date published: 2012-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointment....Boring!!!! Couldn't wait to finish this book. The only good book in this trilogy was the Hunger Games. Catching Fire was also a disappointment.
Date published: 2012-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best of the series Katniss survived yet another Hunger Games and is now in District 13 with her family and some of the other survivors. However, Peeta was captured by the Capitol and Katniss feels the guilt. President Snow wants revenge and thinks that Katniss is responsible for the revolution. Katniss suffers through some very dark times trying to come to grip with her new reality. Gabe is there but he is very 'into' the revolt. District 13 is using Katniss to broadcast their victories and the Capitol is using Peeta against Katniss.. Katniss takes to hiding in cupboards and closets. Katniss is also still deciding between the two guys in her life. I loved this book the best. The character development is fantastic. The hardship and mental toil Katniss is under is depicted. Prim, Katniss' s sister grew up and Finnick and Boggs really shone. Some of the developments at the end were not to my liking but then again this is not a feel-good part of the series but a dark story. A Great series!
Date published: 2012-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bleck I feel that for an extradinary series this book's ending leaves you depressed and unsatisfied. Our strong beloved katniss turns out to be a crazed broken figure. The complicated love triangle that is going on between gale peeta and katniss ends totally confusingly. Gale does a very un-Gale like thing and deserts Katniss. which is very WTF
Date published: 2012-05-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Warning - depressing book with a badly written ending I do not recommend this book for anyone who has experienced mental trauma or suffers from depression. There is too many triggers to send you back to a dark place. I really hated the ending. It's a sign of a poor author when so many beloved characters are killed off for no or little reason. Does the author hate Katniss? I don't think I've ever felt so bad for a main character in any book ever. After reading Catching Fire I had to be coaxed into reading Mocking Jay and I now regret reading it. It left a bad taste in my mouth.
Date published: 2012-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horribly written I bought only because the first two 'books had no real ending so you had to keep going. The first was okay but the second was terrible as well from a writing quality standpoint. It was not just rudimentary or young. It was awful. The end was a lame attempt at trying not to sell out but selling out in the epilogue. Just terrible!
Date published: 2012-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horribly written I bought only because the first two 'books had no real ending so you had to keep going. The first was okay but the second was terrible as well from a writing quality standpoint. It was not just rudimentary or young. It was awful. The end was a lame attempt at trying not to sell out but selling out in the epilogue. Just terrible!
Date published: 2012-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horribly written I bought only because the first two 'books had no real ending so you had to keep going. The first was okay but the second was terrible as well from a writing quality standpoint. It was not just rudimentary or young. It was awful. The end was a lame attempt at trying not to sell out but selling out in the epilogue. Just terrible!
Date published: 2012-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horribly written I bought only because the first two 'books had no real ending so you had to keep going. The first was okay but the second was terrible as well from a writing quality standpoint. It was not just rudimentary or young. It was awful. The end was a lame attempt at trying not to sell out but selling out in the epilogue. Just terrible!
Date published: 2012-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just Read this Review . If you haven't read this series, READ THEM. I'm going explaining how I got into the books, because I feel it can related to others. I had heard of them being popular, but I thought they were just some teen grabbing story, similar to Twilight(which I read and was enjoyable in its own way). What I didn't expect was how obsessed I would become from reading these books. I was given the first book as a Christmas present and decided, to finally pick it up 4 months later, and I must say, I was a complete idiot for waiting as long as I did. I literally could not put the books down, and finished in 4 hours. I was in such a craze about it. I woke up the next day and bought the next two books (which I preceded to finish both in 4 hours each). Now I'm taking the time to explain all this because I want readers to realize how much I loved these books. They were well written, they captured my interest like you wouldn't believe, and they kept me wanting more to the point where I would be dreaming up what could happen next(mostly Peeta filled dreams). ** SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT ** That being said, when I got to the end of MockingJay, to say that I was disappointed would be an understatement. I was completely baffled that Collins went from explaining everything meticulously, to just, ending the book, without really explaining anything. How did Prim get to where she did, and what exactly happened to Gale ? But what really disappointed me, and shocked me, was that she didn't explain Katniss and Peeta's relationship in the end. All we got was ' They ended up with kids and trying everyday to rebuild their lives '. Seriously ? What happened to Peeta and how did he get better ? And how did Katniss have a child when she was so strongly against it? I wanted to see how they're relationship grew and how they got to where they were. Obviously, I wanted the end result of them together, but this isn't a child's fairytale. You can't just say " and they lived happily ever after " and expect people to be alright with no explanation as to why or how. I'm completely disheartened that I forced to think of what happened between them, on my own or through fanfiction. I'm just left unfulfilled .
Date published: 2012-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unsatisfied Unsatisfied because I wanted more.... This trilogy is amazing and well written....I read all three books in three days because I could not put them down. With that being said, I wasn't happy with the final chapters in Mockingjay. I assumed that the plot would present sad and frustruating moments considering a war is not joyful or fun. However, I believe that in the midst of all the chaos and death, certain characters should have been kept alive if their death did not achieve a particular goal. For example, I understand that Rue had to die in book 1 becasue it was her death the in a way sparked something inside Katniss and the rebels. But killing off Finnick, for example, after all they had been through just to add to the casualites and death numbers was just depressing. Also, I was very unsatisfied with the result of the love triangle. I understand (didn't enjoy) why Gale leaves Katniss and with the one quote from the book you know that he is right and will never be forgiven for the event that he may or may not have played a role in....but I wasn't happy the the narrator, Katniss, was never completely honest about her feelings towards Peeta or Gale. No we as readers can only imagine how Gale and Peeta feel for her, but since we are suppose to have the luxury of being in Katniss's mind while reading the book, I was suprised that I found myself thinking....doesn't she know who she is truly in love with? if not in the beginning, by the end she should know her own heart....and it shouldn't be the "one she could not survive without" as Gale puts it....It should have been because she realized how deep down she has always loved the boy with the bread! Unfortunately, I believe Collins wrote a very "realistic" ending to a science fiction novel....no happy ending, no warm fuzzy feelings in the end, no resolve....instead she depicted a world where war is harsh, ends lives for the dead and the living and casues only pain even after it's all over....
Date published: 2012-04-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from third book sucks...real or not real?..."real" so that's it??..not much is described in prim's death?? not even a full paragraph of hatred and grief towards her sister's death? common..the third book sucks in my opinion...and gale just leaves her like that? no last goodbyes or kisses? ..and peeta just flips out and comes back to her again....and finnick just dies like that?? not comments from Annie?...seriously Collins..this could have been better..
Date published: 2012-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Depressing Honestly, that would be the the one word I would use to describe this book, depressing. At the end, I'm not sure, I just felt really depressed because it barely felt like a happily ever after. The beginning, it's really boring. It only starts to get kind of exciting when the first chunk of the book is over and we come to the parts with Peeta. Which brings us to Peeta, Katniss, and Gale. The obvious love triangle that has been present since the beginning of this wonderful series! Well, I could give you all the details but it just wouldn't be the same as reading about it and feeling like you're in the middle of it all. There was this one part where I they're all in that cellar of Tigris' but that's all the clues I'll give. Anyways, overall it was a good book. Depressing, yes but I really did like it. It was like it was so depressing it was comforting which is very selfish to think since many won't have to go through all the things that Kat did but still. Taking comfort in her situations, it's a pretty low thing to stoop to and yet I am one of those people who did. Well, I can't really say much more besides a lot of people die which isn't surprising since it's a war and that's what happens in wars. But I will say I was happy with Kat's desicion at the end in regards to Snow and Coin. Hmmm.... I guess when you think about it, taking comfort with all the depression is nothing compared to the lows that were achieved by those two. You must definitely read this book. Sure it's depressing and boring at first but it's still really awesome. And just the heads up, if you're someone who cries when reading, well then I'll tell you now, you'll probably cry at least once in the book. Sorry, but true, what can I say? People must die... ? So yeah, read this book and try to rush through the first part to get to the good parts, kay? Have fun reading and don't get yourself too down. It's really something.
Date published: 2012-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I CANT EVEN DESCRIBE MY DISSAPOINTMENT SPOILER ALERT So, all my Hunger Games loving friends tried to persuede me to not read the book and just gave me fake plots that , were easily better than the existing one. 1. So, Prim dies ( ok, what was the point of even writing the entire series if you were gonna kill of the one thing that started it in the first place. There wasn't even a reason for her death and it was stupid. Like , she could have gone off onto some plot on why Prim was killed and it could have increased the hatres for the capitol.) 2. The hero turns into a depressed druggie. I noticed a huge difference after seeing the movie and then reading the second half of mockingjay. Katniss losses herself , shes not even katniss anymore and its really hard to root for her, or by that fact anyone cause there all so depressed and suicidal. 3. Finniks Death gets 1 sentance. - see what i mean 4. Peeta never returns to himself and Gale just shuts katniss out, there was absoloutly no romance in the book, and who she ends up with is summarized by one sentance. Bottom line : i began to hate the charecters i began to love from the first two books, by the end of it i honesly was rooting for president snow because the mains, were just suicidal loosers that .....ughhhghghgh cant even talk anymore I HATE MOCKINGJAY. DONT READ IT AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN ENDING.
Date published: 2012-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If we burn, you burn with us ''I have had thousands upon thousands of people from districts at my side. I was their Mockingjay long before I accepted the role'' ~Quoted from Mockingjay Mockingjay has shocked me, plain and simple. There are no words to truely describe this book. I loved The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but the final installment in the series was the one that touched me the most. We have seen Katniss go through so much in the two first books, she is such an amazing character and it's impossible not to love her. She really grew on me. In Mockingjay I felt more connected to her than ever, so much that at times I felt like I was right there, standing next to Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire. Collins descriptions are incredible. I also enjoyed learning more about the Capitol, how they operate and how it is from the inside, it really helped understand certain aspects of the story and it also answered some questions I had while reading the two previous books. The ending is shocking and nothing like I had expected, but then again, the entire series was full of surprises and nothing like I imagined it to be. Katniss will be hard to replace as my new best YA character. Collins, you set the bar pretty high with this series!
Date published: 2012-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Abrupt Ending to the Hunger Games The book was rolling along and then just as we were getting to the climax, it was over. A huge opportunity missed with the way the book ended a couple of chapters earlier than the last words were printed. Everything after the war was more or less epilogue as this book for the most part was concentrated on the war with the Districts and Capitol. The ending seemed more of a tie-up of loose ends so that this series could be over and the next project started than how things could have been pulled togeather in an expanded version of the story. That being said, I did still enjoy the book, just not the ending.
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my favourite of the series, but still good! While I’m pretty impressed with myself for hunkering down for three straight days reading the entire Hunger Games trilogy, I have to say that this wasn’t the most impressive instalment of the trilogy. That being said, I’m so happy that I’ve finally finished reading the trilogy! If you’re reading this review, I’m assuming that you’ve read the previous two books in the series. If not, please stop reading! I’m not going to include spoilers, but even referencing certain things that happen in the book will be a spoiler if you haven’t read the previous two. Mockingjay is about Katniss and her friends rebelling on the Capital. They’ve taken hiding in District 13, underground, and seem to be unsure which is worse — living under the Capital and President Snow’s Hunger Games and strict rules, or living in District 13 where the people still aren’t totally free. While the entire book is moving along and I was intrigued the whole way through, I also felt that it was moving at a slower pace than the previous two books. Katniss and her team put together a lot of propaganda TV shorts and there was a lot of recap about what was going on in them. And really, maybe it’s just me, but who was watching these shorts? If the entire country of Panem is in rebellion, who’s sitting down watching their TVs every night? The cliffhanger at the end of Catching Fire made me pick up Mockingjay immediately, but I felt that without the Games happening, there was a lot of sitting around, waiting for the action to start. That’s not to say that there wasn’t any action, because once it came up, it was hard to put the book down! The romance was tepid in this book, and I have to admit that I was very disappointed with the outcome. I felt that “certain characters” were not given the screen-time (page-time?) they deserved, while I was rooting for them the whole way through. Collins’s writing maintained the same caliber it had in the first two books, which was nice. There was still the odd sentence I found myself rereading to understand what exactly was being said, but I got it in the end. Of course, that being said, the entire series was amazing and I’m happy to have finally read it. I’m interested to see if the entire series will turn into a movie franchise and that hopefully the movies will do the books justice.
Date published: 2012-03-21
Rated out of 5 by from WINNER....hands down the entire series is a winner. i milked this entire book, bc i did not want it to end. i am madly in love with the series and katniss. it will be extremely difficult to read anything after this series. i feel complete but lost at the same time. great ending to an amazing trilogy. everything you want in the last book. love, loss, courage, fight and hope. all hail collins and the world of the hunger games/ mockingjay nothing compares! grabs you and won't let go
Date published: 2012-03-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was okay but not what I was expecting... I thoroughly enjoyed the Hungary Game and Catching Fires and was excited to read the Mockingjay. I thought it was a huge let down. I get the plot but I felt the book was too dark and the characters got lost in the story. Although the written was great but I felt it lacking and I still cannot not quite put my finger on what it is that I wanted out of the third book that I didn’t get. The three main characters Katniss, Peeta, and Gale felt lost and their character didn’t develop. In fact they all felt angry and depressed. spoilers At the end of the story Peeta had to ask Katniss if she loved him for real or fake and she does say Real but I was like why couldn’t the author actually have Katniss come out and say that she loved him. My other problem with the book was way did so many great have to die and it was such a letdown especially Primrose when the entire reason Katniss joined the Hunger Game was to save her. In my opinion the third book could have been so much better. It was too rushed. In that said the series was fun to read and I’m glad but the third one could have been so much more inspiring that made the reader walk away feeling happy for the characters. Again this is just my opinion and I understand that many people would disagree with me. I just hope if they make this book into a movie that it will be so much better.
Date published: 2012-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read the first book a few months ago, and was completely blown away by it. I wanted to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay but because of the reviews on here I was a little scared to so I put it off until a couple of weeks ago, and I'm glad I didn't listen to those reviews! Catching Fire was brilliant and I could barely put Mockingjay down. I think that Suzanne Collins really captured the way your relationships suffer when you have gone through such an emotional rollercoaster as Katniss had. The whole book was extremely sad but the ending was perfect. I definitely shed a lot of tears over this trilogy, and I know I will never forget it. Best series I've read in a long time!
Date published: 2012-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit of a disappointment I honestly don’t know what to say about this book without giving anything away...I think my mind is still trying to wrap itself around the series being complete. I thought the story was going to go a different way. Characters that I thought were going to die didn’t and characters that I thought were going to be safe weren’t. I did cry over that but I didn’t cry nearly as much as I thought I was going to. I was kinda let down by that fact. Certain characters pissed me off with their actions – like really pissed me off. I almost jumped off the Team Peeta train and wasn’t going to hop on any other train! I really liked the last chapter of the book – it gave me an overall closure to the series. I did find some parts of the novel I had to re-read because I was like what? What just happened? It was like something was missing and I was a bit confused until I re-read. I thought Mockingjay could have been better. It doesn’t live up to Catching Fire or The Hunger Games in my opinion but it was still pretty good.
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice conclusion to the trilogy The minute I finished the second book I had to start this book and finished it in a couple of hours. The book really had me hooked. I found myself totally pulled into Katniss' world and my emotions were on a roller coaster ride as I turned each page. As the conclusion of the trilogy, Collins did a great job for the most part. The very ending was disappointing for me. I felt like it went against everything the trilogy was about. Without giving away too much, I wasn't happy with how Katniss ended things with one of the main characters and this character was never brought up again - I didn't agree with the author's decision and more importantly I didn't feel that it offered any resolution to the reader. I also felt that the ending sort of went against who Katniss was and what she wanted throughout the entire story. Despite these things, the book offered a pretty thorough conclusion to the story.
Date published: 2012-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Saying Good-Bye. WOW. This series was so emotional, and touching, and...devastating. I will always have a spot in my heart for these books that I don't think I will ever have with another book series. Now getting on with the actual review: I think this book personally could have been a bit better. I found it really difficult to get into. This book was definitely good but no near as amazing as the first two. I think the Epilogue was actually the best part of this book (XD) but I guess that's just the way it goes. Overall, amazing series. Applaude to Suzanne Collins.
Date published: 2012-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best In Series The third and final book in the Hunger Games Trilogy, I found this to be the best and a fitting end for the series. I would have chosen the other guy, but whatever. Also, where is the rest of the world when all this is going on in Panem? Were they nuked? Loved, loved, loved it.
Date published: 2012-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad and Not as good as the others but still Blew me away. I really think this book was one of the sadest of them all. I Really thought that this one was not as good as the others. I still think that this series was really great though! Yes maybe Suzanne Collins was lacking like she just wanted to ge the book over with, but I think that the last chapter (Epilogue) Was amazing. I really wanted to cry and screem at Katniss to kill herself though most of the book but I still will always have a special spot for this book! Bravo Suzanne. Bravo...
Date published: 2012-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the others This book was equally suspenseful as the other two and had me holding on till the end. The thing is, the end left me slightly disturbed, where Katniss, the strong Katniss, is described as mentally broken in this last instalment. Like the fire has gone out of her and thus out of the book. I mean the ending was sweet as she was able to return to district 12and live with Peeta and her family, but the circumstance under which she returned didn't settle too well with me. I expected her to be strong and she kind of failed in the end.
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Conclusion. . . I wasn't totally sure how the third book in The Hunger Games Trilogy was going to end. I didn't really expect it to play out how it did. It had good twist in the story to keep you going at every turn. I felt less emotionally committed to the characters in this book compared to the first two. I felt the end of the book was a little rushed but over all really good.
Date published: 2012-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from All stories come to an end... Knowing this was gonna be the last book I was already sad, it wasn't as fast paced as the other 2 books, and took me a bit longer to read. I have to say I didn't love this book. I loved The Hunger Games (5 Stars) immensely. I enjoyed Catching Fire (Still 5 stars) almost as much as The Hunger Games. Those two books built so much suspense that I don't honestly know if I could have ever been satisfied with the third book. Absolutely everything I was looking forward to came to a conclusion, and whether or not I liked those conclusions isn't the point. The point is that they all felt so rushed. Primarily the relationship between Katniss and the two guys. I'm not a sucker for romance normally, but I really wanted to know who she would choose. In a lot of other YA books they are usually fairly obvious, but with this series I had no idea what the outcome would be. Then it's all wrapped up in a matter of a few pages, and that's it. Another thing she did that I didn't like was change the characters so much from the ones we grew to love in the first two books. I understand with the war and violence all around people are going to change, but I almost didn't like Katniss in this book at all. Over the course of the series I enjoyed Katniss' character development, but I did not enjoy how she was portrayed in Mockingjay. Or any of the other characters for that matter. I would give this book 3.5 stars, because the writing is still superb. Suzanne can probably write anything at the point and I would give it a try. She includes a lot of twists, shocking moments, and what I would say was a decent conclusion to the story, but it went so fast! *sigh* maybe I just never wanted this series to end, so I would have been disappointed no matter what, but all stories come to an end
Date published: 2012-01-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not near as good as the others.. I was sooo disappointed in this book. The first book of the series was so good, and the 2nd one was pretty good too. It almost seemed as this book was written by a different author, or the author just got bored and ran out of ideas or something. A huge disappointment. I found myself skipping pages in my Kindle just to get through it so I could see what happened in the end.
Date published: 2012-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mockingjay Thought it was a great final book to the series. It had a depressing, unexpected ending, but I still thought the book was good.
Date published: 2011-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I didn't want it to end ... What a great series! Another great book and a fitting end to the series. I think the first book was by far the greatest page-turner and the best one of the three. However, this book didn't disappoint. Lots of twists/turns and and unexpected ending. I was kept guessing until the end. A highly recommended series!
Date published: 2011-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dark and Lovely Ending If you loves Hunger Games and Catching Fire you will not be disappointed in the conclusion to the Hunger Games series but be warned...the ending to this story is dark but with a bright future. Collins writes like I've never seen her write before. She brings us into a world filled with violence and depression where we questions everyone motives. But rest assured there is still the same story line and concept in her novel. We see Katniss fight to make up her mind between Gale, who seems much stronger in this novel, and Peeta, who if its possible, seems both stronger physically and weaker mentally. And most of all we see everyone grow up. Although Prim is only 14 we do see a much older version of herself brought on by the new world. And even Katniss, who I couldn't help but notice had matured a lot in the last book seems to have gotten even older and more fragile in this books. Maybe its just me but we also see a much more selfish Katniss in this novel... but I couldn't help feeling like it was right. I was gripping the book wanting to finish it to see how everything ends, while my heart pumped loudly in my chest. Collins seems to drag her readers into the world of Panam as I found myself worried while I lay awake at night thinking about Peeta. This couldn't have been a more satisfying end and satisfying read.
Date published: 2011-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To Imagine A Mockingjay Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today... Katniss Everdeen is trying to Imagine a better world, one with no senseless deaths, no pain from above, and above all else, no dead children. Kat has transformed into the Mockingjay to achieve this. Even if she has to destroy herself in the process. The world changes. She changes. Who will survive? Mockingjay is the third and final book in The Hunger Games journey. The torturous odyssey that began in The Hunger Games with Katniss and Peeta thrust into a treacherous fight to the death, continued onto Catching Fire, wherein her act of love brings a wave of rebellion across the land, forcing her back into the games. After her hellish escape from the arena, Kat is pushed to become the official symbol of the revolution. And then Mockingjay revs up. Kat is still dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and it is getting worse. The government in her refuge of District 13 are constantly pressuring her to take up the mantle of the Mockingjay. And she is constantly resisting. When it is revealed Peeta is still alive in the Capitol, she joins the cause. Shaped, molded and morphed into a living symbol, Kat tries to project the image they require. It is an arduous process, with results that electrify the rebels and horrify her. Just when the war starts turning, Peeta is rescued but is massively damaged. They may win, but will Kat ultimately lose? The psychological terror experienced in the first half of this journey, become heightened with the physical terror added in the second half. As the war draws to a close, Kat and her team fight and die through the Capitol. Her final moments in battle almost destroy her and lead to a choice. She is the Mockingjay and she will bring the people from the tyranny. No berries this time. Just Katniss and her arrows. The decisions Kat makes are not easy. She wants justice, but tempered with humanity. Very few people in her worldview are truly evil, but the ones who are should be exterminated. Someone who is conscripted, lied to, or tortured to join the enemy ranks elicits pity from her. We should all be together in the fight. The injustice perpetuated by an extremely small minority should be fought against by the just and massive majority. The fact that not everyone sees the situation as she does confuses her. Why people do not simply do the right thing makes Kat seem like a distant descendant of Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird. The similarity of the two titles I am sure is not coincidental. Scout cannot understand why people are not nice, thinks justice is simple, the opponent is defined. Kat's final act in the war is the most extreme way to extract evil from the world. Scout would not go down this path, she would probably abhor it. But Scout never entered The Hunger Games (thankfully), and was never twisted into what Kat has become. They both try to live up to their ideals. But Kat has a bow to enforce them. And the need to. Having devoured this trilogy over the course of a month, I found themes and commentary interwoven throughout. The endless topics that could be kicked off by even a single volume could spark hours of debate. Reality television being a horrendous disease on the intellect of the masses. Child soldiers being used with impunity. Rampant poverty with only death, prostitution, or extra "lottery tickets" as the cure. The rules of war not existing, never thought of. Sacrificing innocents to "ensure" peace. One of the larger ideas that struck me, is how someone like Kat relates to authority. When the "government" that is her father is referenced, it is with joy and happiness. He treated her with kindness and taught her well, giving her skills that ensured her survival, both mental and physical. The love of father to daughter is evident, as is the power being transfered from adult to child. Another idea rippling throughout the tale is the role of art in society. Kat's singing with the flowers to Rue cause a sensation. Peeta's floor art to the Gamesmasters disturbs them. The therapy that cake decorating brings. These little bits of magic gently express love for the fallen and oppressed. But bring angst and discomfort for the ruling class. The art that walks the line is what Plutarch practices, making war videos starring Kat. The real art of this Trilogy is what it does generate. Sparks of thoughts and feelings and ideas swim around inside me, pouring out here and to everyone I babble to. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay form a journey of love, hope, and redemption that many could learn from. Multiple scenarios exhibited in this tale can be seen everywhere, every time, every person. And the hope for peace they espouse is something we can all Imagine. It is Real. Scoopriches
Date published: 2011-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is the end, my friend All good things must come to an end, but it was one wild ride. An amazing book to end an amazing trilogy. The first half of the book seemed to be a bit slow-paced, but the action packed second half was simply phenomenal a great finale indeed.
Date published: 2011-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What Happened? I really don’t know what to say about this book. I was a huge fan of The Hunger Games, and Catching Fire. I expected a lot from Mockingjay and I don’t feel that it delivered in the way that I wanted it to. On it’s own Mockingjay was fascinating. It was creative and action-packed. But, did it fit in with the series? No. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what bothered me about this book, but it just wasn’t like the previous two. The characters were colder, more abrasive versions of themselves. I found them hard to relate to, and not as interesting to read about. The story, although exciting, jumped around all over the place. In the end I sort of felt indifferent. A series that I had a budding obsession with fell flat. When I finished the last page all I thought was, “well that was weird.” All I can say is that I hope the upcoming movies will capture the wonder in the first two books.
Date published: 2011-07-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not the same this book lagged on and on and just bored me until the very end....i find it was a disappointment to an amazing series.
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay This book is about Katniss being saved from the quater quell from the rebels (district 13). and used as what they call the mockingjay. the face of the rebellion. Its pretty good. alot of drama for Katniss, Peeta and Gale! and alot of thinking who katniss should trust (the capital or the rebels). But its an amazing last book, but a very sad ending :(
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expected a satisfying ending to the fast-paced trilogy **SPOILER** Overall I really liked this book, and it was almost just as good as the first two novels. Suzanne Collins was able to make the readers' perspectives of the characters change just like that, such as going from love to him/her to just maybe annoyance and frustration. The ending of almost every chapter was twisted which kept making me read on to the next chapter, although there were some times when I was able to put down the book and do something else, whereas with the first two books I just couldn't stop reading. The ending was a little worse than bittersweet. Throughout the story, it was very fast-paced and complex, making for a good plot. The best novels are the ones that have a lot of action, with romance sprinkled onto it- Mockingjay definitely had this. I love romance books, and this entire series kept me hooked. It was a very addictive and well written book, although there are quite some things that were not satisfying. The finale of Mockingjay ended way too fast, as if the author was in a hurry to finish. It was rushed, and confusing, especially compared to the slow-paced beginning. The beginning was a bit boring, and Katniss' uselessness was frustrating. There were way too many major deaths, and all of them contributed to her "mental health". Although I do think the death of one or a few important characters are okay, Suzanne Collins basically shot down everyone who was important to Katniss, except for Peeta and Gale. The novel related a lot of psychology, which was actually quite unique. I liked that. But, it was frustrating how Katniss was in a terrible mood and moping for the majority of the book. In contrast to how she was strong and clever in the first two books, she is portrayed as weak and indecisive in this last novel. Katniss kept on fainting in climactic events and almost seemed like a fake heroin. At the end, nothing was said about what happened to Annie, Johanna, etc. Even though the rebels won, no one seemed to celebrate- maybe all the deaths and what happened weren't even worth the freedom they achieved. The majority of the ending was spent with Katniss moping around and being useless after Prim's death- it was frustrating, but mainly just sad. I hated how at the end Gale was portrayed as a shallow guy after going to District 2 to work. Did he ever visit Katniss & Peeta during those 20 years? Or did he just erase them from his life? The ending was way too vague and I found it annoying how Katniss was portrayed as a useless person throughout the novel, and constantly had to be baby-sat. In general, I would still classify this novel as a great book, although I do think the finale to this excellently-written series could have been a tad better.
Date published: 2011-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anticipated finale! Was super excited to read this book. Read it and... well, let's just say I expected more. What I liked was we still got to see Katniss as the girl on fire. Now at this point, she really does seem to love Peeta but she has feelings for Gale. There's still a good balance between this and action. I found this book to be so sad. So many deaths but I guess that's to be expected in a take over. But still so depressing! Especially since I was starting to really like them. The ending was confusing. It felt rushed. They were unstable yet they were still as close as ever? Needed more explanation. I really would've loved for more background information like on Annie or Johanna. But I guess it was kind of difficult if it was in Katniss' perspective. Any other information to make what happened at the end more clear would've been nice. All in all, it could've been better but it still satisfied me.
Date published: 2011-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed A Smidge There was so much suspense left in the second novel that I had really high hopes for Mockingjay. Well, the plot was well thought out, just the interactions between characters didn't live up to it. There was hardly any conversations, and if there were it was when Katniss was in a terrible mood. If the narrator's in a terrible mood, there won't be really detail into what's going on. And, when Peeta came into the picture, things were just awful. The plot twist was good, but I missed the old times with Katniss and Peeta. Other than the characters turning cold as steel, the pace was too fast and too slow. In the beginning, all I wanted was Katniss and Peeta to be reunited, so the pace was way too slow. The ending when they made it into the Capitol was way too fast. THE ACTION WAS TOLD, NOT EXPERIENCED. Everything passed by in a blur. One minute I'm reading about Finnick's death and then there's Prim's death. Those chapters just blurred into one that I can't really decipher what happened first. Maybe, SC was pacing it like what would happen if it was actually happening, but I just didn't feel it. The ending, didn't satisfy me at all. Instead of just writing an epilogue telling what happened after twenty years, there should have been hints that things between Katniss and Peeta were going to be alright.
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quite a Disappointment The third and final instalment in the 'Hunger Games' series was highly anticipated, but, unfortunately, did not live up to the expectations. Not only did each character change almost beyond recognition, but the plotline was ultimately depressing. It starts where the second book, 'Catching Fire' leaves off. Peeta has been kidnapped by the Capitol, and Katniss Everdeen (the heroin), her family, and her incredible best friend, Gale, have been hiding in the legendary underground chambers of District 13. The leaders there are bent on overtaking the Capitol, and practically force Katniss to become the face of the rebellioin. At first, she is reluctant; but she eventually decides that she wants to help the nation of Panem become a better place. She is then plunged head-first into the war effort as she attempts to rally the rest of the districts. To give it some credit, 'Mockingjay' is certainly thrilling. Hardly one chapter goes by without a cliff-hanger, or an event that was totally unexpected. Sometimes, the reader isn't even given enough time to catch a breath before the next twist in the story. It is action-packed in the extreme, especially toward the end. However, the thing that was so bothersome was the way that the author, Collins, decided to wrap up the trilogy. Katniss, throughout the book, was considerably more irritating than she was in the rest of the series. More stubborn and difficult than necessary, she acted like a spoilt brat and disregarded other people almost to a point of cruelty. Nevertheless, such a change in her personality might have been easily overlooked -- if, perhaps, the ending of the story had been more satisfying. Collins explains everything that happened to Katniss and her partner after the war ended, but we're given little insight as to how Panem managed -- Did it improve? Did the districts go back to work? After three books of battling for the sake of the nation, we're left with little information on the matter. Also, several times during the book, Katniss faints in the middle of a climactic event. The first time this occurs, it's understandable. But after the second and third time, it becomes frustrating. It was not a very good quality writing technique on Collins' part. How is the reader supposed to believe that Katniss is a strong leader in the war, if she can't manage to remain conscious when it's most important? Each time this happened, she would wake up in the hospital with someone at her side, explaining that the others had conveniently taken care of everything for her. 'Mockingjay' was also thoroughly depressing, but there's no way to explain why without spoiling the plot. The epilogue is only 'half-happy,' to say the least. She hardly makes a decision in 'choosing' her partner, and the last quarter of the book involves a lot of moping around. Overall, Katniss' refusal to listen, her inability to remain awake, the vague ending, and the utter misery of 'Mockingjay' do not add up to a pleasant, satisfying read. The only redeeming quality it possesses is the constant action that all 'Hunger Games' fans expected from the beginning. Unfortunately, it is not a book that I would recommend. It simply doesn't do the rest of the series any justice.
Date published: 2011-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Trilogy is over Mockingjay is the 3rd and final installment of the Hunger Games Trilogy. After the conclusion of Catching Fire, we find Katniss returning to her home in District 12 which has been obliterated. Peeta is still alive and being held captive by the Capitol and District 13 is fighting back. Katniss is asked to become the Mockinjay to help the rebel cause. She joins in on the fight by doing "propos" televised spots to help rally the other districts. This final book is more raw and gritty than the previous 2 books. They are now at "war" and Katniss and all of the characters are emotionally and physically tested. There are major characters killed and major plot twists in this book. Collins told a very hard and gripping story. What a great ending to a gripping series.
Date published: 2011-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best one yet! I went through this trilogy in about two weeks, and I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of it before. Mockingjay brings together the story lines from the first two books and provides a fitting conclusion. It's hard to write a review without giving away the plot, but needless to say this trilogy is well worth your time and money. You will not be disappointed. Great series, great entertainment and an excellent chance to ask some philosophical questions about human nature and what we do to survive and get along.
Date published: 2011-05-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointed ***Spoilers*** I loved the first 2 books, but this one disappointed me. The first 2 books, Katniss is really likable, a hero. This book she is a wimpy, annoying and over dramatic. She just pouts throughout the whole book. I feel like, when they finally get into the capitol, the author just wasn't sure where to go anymore, so she just kills everyone off needlessly. Then it just falls to pieces when Prim dies. Really weird storyline choice in my opinion. The worst was that she didn't even choose Gale or Peeta. She just sort of ended up with Peeta. Not that Peeta was a bad choice, but she didn't even really make a choice, she just sorta settled for him. Not a bad book, just could've been way better. The first 2 built up high expectations for me that weren't lived up to.
Date published: 2011-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You say we need a revolution... **Some spoilers for the whole series** Mockingjay is the final book in the Hunger Games series. As far as final books go, this one definitely drove it on home, leaving a heavy, yet satisfied feeling of closure. After the surprisingly breathtaking end to Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen tries to come to terms with being rescued from the Quarter Quell games. She is overwhelmed by not knowing what is real and what’s unreal while she heals from her stunt back in the arena. When her head is functioning better after her doozy of a concussion, she learns that Peeta was taken captive by the Capitol, and that her home, District 12, has been bombed to smithereens. With this shocking news, Katniss can feel relief that Gale, along with his family, her mother and Prim were able to survive the bombings and taken rescue by the not so extinct District 13. The big ass snowball of news keeps rolling when Katniss figures out that she and Peeta were just a pawn in the rebel’s cause the whole time. Not being the actual cause might ease Katniss, but it’s too little too late with all the innocent lives lost. She tries to adjust to the strict lifestyle in 13 and soon learns that life here isn’t too different from life back home when it comes to the lack of luxury or freedom. Slowly, she comes to realize that power hungry people trying to get a position of power are everywhere, and that really no one can be trusted anymore. The devil himself, President Snow starts to taunt Katniss out into the open, using Peeta as the most malicious sort of bait. Embracing the role of the Mockingjay is the only way Katniss feels like she has the power to save Peeta, and take down the dominating, manipulative and mostly just evil President Snow, which in turn will help Panem achieve the equal way of life under diverse leadership. Or so she thinks.. The conclusion to the Hunger games series is an intense and emotionally rocky ride. It’s usually hard to see a loved heroine go through so many unimaginable hardships over and over, and this case is no different. However it’s done over in all three books in heart wrenching and most captivating ways. My mind has been reeling over these books the last couple weeks, comparing how real people have to go through this and worse everyday. As for the ending, the warring and aftermath of it all may not be the fairytale ending everyone wanted to see, but it’s life and it’s reality filled with the inevitable consequential scars. Suzanne Collins stuck to her guns, painting her opinions into this unforgettable series of war and how it touches lives, throws them around and uses them all over again. The realizations that Katniss finally comes to are fitting and just right for the circumstances. I was questioning who she belonged with the whole series, but it was never really about romance. It’s really about what every individual can do to making the world a better and safer place for the generations to come. Of course, I wanted to get more Gale in the books, but longing is just another strong feeling to throw in with the bundle of other emotions we run through in these books. This series was a great piece of work and I am now highly excited to see how the movies turn out.
Date published: 2011-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Revolution and reality (Revised rating) Surreal. I am halfway through my first reading of Mockingjay (due, mainly, to the gentle urging several weeks back of a young friend--that the book is very good and not to be overlooked). So I gave in, borrowed her copy, sat on it for a few days, then gradually integrated it into my roster of currently-being-read (over a rather long period of time) books. Just about then, too, extraordinary Egyptian politics entered the news… As I continue to read today, this Sunday the 27th of February 2011, the rebelling citizens of eastern Libya are mobilizing to move on to the country's capital, Tripoli, to wrest all remaining power from Colonel Gadhafi's regime…(shaking my head, how bizarre) and the rebels of District 13 have sent a secret rescue party into the Capitol on a desperate mission to snatch Peeta and Annie out of the brutal clutches of the tyrannical President Snow… In both scenarios, the costs of this effort are expected to be high, even though the final, deciding confrontations are only just beginning. Even if you're not a fan of the series (I myself have serious reservations about the premise on which this whole 3-volume story is based) you'll find the writing in this last novel to be quite powerful, pretty nearly flawless—and, it now seems, eerily prophetic... ...March 3rd, just past midnight; I've finally finished reading this book. To be honest, it's a relief to be finished. Persisting through the relentless scenes of death in its second half just about finished me off on some psychological level. Perhaps I should not--as I did several days ago--have drawn parallels between this fictional account and our real world? It's just that I get so involved in a story that it takes on a reality for me...as though on some plane it is actually real, having once been born in the author's mind and digested (with however much difficulty) by mine. As though it truly is playing out in an unthinkable, nightmarish parallel reality... Approach this series with caution... It's fiction, of course, but disturbing nonetheless.
Date published: 2011-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fitting end to a great trilogy This trilogy has been an amazing ride and the final book in the series is just as rivetting as the first two. Interestingly enough, however, is that this last novel is a little more cerebral in its tone that the others. Here we see Katniss try to come to grips with her traumatic past and struggle over her personal relationships (which, by now, are in tatters). She is only at the edge of most of the action in the first half of the story and she really doesn't get involved until the very end. There is a bit of a surprise ending at the very end - certainly not the showdown you might have expected. In addition, some of your favourite characters might not make through the whole story alive - be forewarned. All in all, a very entertaining trilogy - a host of great characters, an interesting setting and a plot that always keeps you hooked. Oh yeah, and no wizards or vampires either...
Date published: 2011-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind blowing series This book really surprised me. I wasn't sure if i really wanted to read it because it didnt look appealing to me. Boy was a wrong by a long shot. This series was one of the best ive ever read. I couldnt put it down and when i did put it down i litterally couldnt stop thinking about it. Although I liked the second book a lot more than the 1st and 3rd I still thought it was an amazing series, and now that i am finished reading all of them i wish there was another one and another one. Although i have a feeling it would get boring after a while because how much more can you write about when Suzanne has come up with an amazing ending for the series. But anywho I really loved this book and trust me the cover of the books doesnt do them any justice. If you havent read them yet you need to go find them , you will not be dissapointed one bit.
Date published: 2011-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mockingjay Flies Lower Than the Rest... I have gobbled up all three parts of The Hunger Games trilogy in less than a week and will hold to the belief that the series is one of the best offerings of teen fiction that I have ever encountered; however, Mockingjay did not satisfy my appitite as well as the other two novels. The characters that I had come to love over the last novels were horrible shells of themselves throughout, and though there is reason for their disconnected state, I kept clinging to the hope that if I continued to read, everything would be restored. It never happened. I will say that Collins still managed to have me flip from page to page with the urge to only push forward, never wanting to put the book down, but as I said, the further I got into the story, the more disappointed I was at the events that unfold. Mockingjay does bring closure to the Hunger Games saga, but it fails to sing as beatifully as the other two books in the series. I will treasure the series and hope that the story of Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch and the other characters that I have grown to love continues in some way (I hear talks of a film in the works) but Mockingjay did sing a little off key and I am a tad disappointed in the work as a whole.
Date published: 2011-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! I won’t say too many details about the book, because honestly, I don’t want to give too many spoilers. The final book of the Hunger Games series. One of the best series I’ve ever read. The have grown up, matured up a little. Collins’ style of writing is captivating; she makes you crave for the next words, sentences, and pages… You just want more. I started this series less than a week ago. I couldn’t stop until I knew how everything would end. Mockingjay is a captivating and powerful finale to one of the best series I’ve read. Sometimes, sequels end up being boring, but this one is better than the first two. Worth reading, worth buying and worth loving! For more reviews: abeautifulmadness.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it, very concise!!! After reading the book, I hoped that there was a fourth book. Therefore, I guess the story does have to come to an end. First of all, i LOVED THE STORY AND THE TRILOGY. My favorite ones in the trilogy is Hunger Games and Mockingjay, Catching fire was a little awkward. Mockingjay was a book I loved even though peeta wasn't always mentioned. Gale was a strong character, but at the end I was a little disappointed in him because from the beginning of the trilogy he was madly in love with Katniss. Frankly, at the end he just gave it all away without fighting. I guess he feel guilty because he killed Prim with that bomb he designed. Clearly, I guess no matter how they try forcing to be together Katniss can't wash away the pain about her sister. The ending was very romantic and finally Peeta persuaded Katniss to procreate. Really lovely ending and leaving reader definitely wanting more.
Date published: 2011-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. The most bittersweet ending I've ever read. More bitter than sweet though I'd say. Don't think you know what's going to happen though, because you don't. Gosh, this book was an emotional roller coaster for me! =/ I will love this series forever!
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong finish to a great series I really enjoyed the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy although I think it is the weakest in the series. Without the Games as the focal point both the story and our ass kicking heroine kind of falls apart. Katniss spends large portions of the novel in the hospital wing and the conclusion sort of falls in your lap but I think Collins imagined the appropriate ending. But amid the somewhat repetitve and story stalling hospital scenes there is still enough action to keep me reading. She also doesn't shy away from difficult character developments which gives the story an element of realism as well.. Collins also ratchets up the violence level and death toll but it felt like a natural progression rather than gratuitious
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still very good, but I didn't like it as much as the first 2. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE FIRST TWO IN THE SERIES*** District 12 has been destroyed (along with most of the people), and everyone left has moved into the previously thought to be destroyed (but never was) District 13. A revolution has started and it's war against the Capitol. Katniss is asked to be the face of the revolution, hope for the rebels, the "Mockingjay". Unfortunately, Peeta never made it out of the arena and President Snow is holding him captive. ***END POSSIBLE SPOILERS*** It was still very good, but I didn't like it as much as the first two in the series. It was the games, themselves, that I found fascinating. Mockingjay still had a lot of on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments, where you want to keep reading, and as it is a YA novel, it is quick to read. I think it's worth finishing the series if you started (and were engaged by) the series already.
Date published: 2011-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointed I just finished this book. I read the trilogy over 4 days. I loved Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but I just felt like Mockingjay slowly fell apart as the book went on. Spoiler Alert!! The moment that Prim died, the book just didn't cut it for me anymore. When characters kept dying like Finnick and Boggs, I kept thinking 'its okay, as long as no one else dies'. But then Prim died and Katniss fell apart. I just didn't like the ending at all. Katniss is supposed to be strong but she just repeatedly falls apart throughout this book. I also think that Katniss should have ended up with Gale! I just can't explain how frustrated I was when I finished this book. Oh well, I still loved the first two in the trilogy.
Date published: 2011-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written but a little dissapointed.... okay so i read all three books including this one and i loved all three the first and second were awsome but then the third (this book) fell flat in some places for me. i found that the storyline was tremendous whereas in my opinon there was too much talking and not alot of action. i expected this book to be like the first and second yet it wasnt but i still enjoyed it... the end was the best part :) but i do recommend u read this book because its a good solid ending to the hunger game trilogy :D
Date published: 2011-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from MOCKINGJAY- a revolution mockingjay, to live in it's presence, a revolution. an amazing and crazy end to the breathtaking trilogy. the hunger games was a great book that gave the others reason to be. catching fire re-enforced the reason to the girl who was on fire. and finally, mockingjay...now katniss is the mockingjay, and a crazy turn of events has begun. honestly an amazing book, and series. i highly encourage everyone to read this book (of course after the hunger games and catching fire) ! ! ! !
Date published: 2011-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from REAL OR NOT REAL? Real or not real; I finally finished Mockingjay? Thankfully real, because this just didn’t hold my attention like the fantastic and innovative HUNGER GAMES or leave me gasping as CATCHING FIRE did. In the end though I still loved Suzanne Collins violent, bloody and utterly defeated conclusion to this series, it just took a bit (lot) of effort to get through to it. We don’t get left hanging where the love triangle is concerned though with Collins giving us a realistic and satisfactory glimpse twenty years into Katniss’s future and who she finds herself there with. All told Mockingjay is a brutal and despairing ride as Katniss, Peeta, Gale and just about every other character we’ve met so far wages war on the Capital and its President Snow. Yes a lot of people die here and I’ll be honest at times Mockingjay lost me. In fact I actually put it down more than once with no real ambition to pick it up again, as it just seemed to drag with endless battles, hospital visits and politics and if it hadn’t been for my curiosity about who Katniss ends up with I probably wouldn’t have bothered finishing it at all. This is due in no small part to the fact that our heroine spends most of the book either waking up in hospital after being injured or recovering in a drug induced haze from one thing or another. This became monotonous, stalling the story. And while I appreciated Katniss’s battered state of body and mind -especially in closing chapters I also found it overkill and wondered where that strong, take control girl from previous books had gone. On the other hand after what she’d been through its a wonder she didn’t just keep hiding in the closet, taking morphling and shutting out a world gone mad where no one is who they seem anymore. I was also very let down by the final climactic battle which for the most part we are told not shown because Katniss is again unconscious, even Snow became rather a non-issue here. And one if my biggest personal disappointments would have to be that we didn’t get to see Gale’s character fleshed out more. I had really been hoping that this would be his book, his time to shine and show us why Katniss loves him. Instead he remained frustratingly vague. I believe Suzanne Collins probably had the outcome to this series in her mind from the very first page of Hunger Games, unfortunately with this book she just wasn’t sure how to get us there any more and fumbled along with her conclusion. The ending chapters and epilogue are amazing though and almost make up for the bumpy, tiring ride that is Mockingjay. Almost. And after all was said and done it was Buttercup the cat that had me cryingand I'm not even a cat person. Cheers.
Date published: 2010-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rocked It I think after reading the Twilight Series, I felt that this series would fall along the same lines of being 'over done' at the end. I felt though that this author perfectly balanced the book in a realistic way that young readers can identify with. She didn't overdue the ending, give the main character everything she wanted and didn't make it all 'happily ever after' for all characters. I thought it was well written and allowed the readers to feel they could believe in it.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it, but then I didn't. Despite staying up late at night to read this book, I’m still not sure what to make of it. It’s not that I did not like it. I did, but then at times, I didn’t. Unlike the first two books I actually put this book down several times and left it to read something else. Perhaps because the overall tone of this book is very bleak, and Katniss has a very apathetic attitude and it’s not really until the end where she finally breaks out of her depressing rut. So reading through this book can be felt as a heavy duty chore. I would have to say however, I started to like Katniss despite her behaviour. She did a lot of growing up, and her development character-wise is very well done and accurate according to the situation and environment she’s surrounded in. Yet in some ways, I think it was a bit overdone in some parts and I couldn’t help but feel like I wanted to smack her sometimes. Character development overall in this novel is excellent. Peeta’s sudden change really got to me and I almost wanted to quit reading because he wasn’t the same and he was my favorite character. Still, it was well done and I thought the development of both Peeta and Katniss were the best I have ever seen in any novels I have read so far. The plot was good, however I’m not sure younger readers would be suited to read this. The level of violence is much higher than the first two books, and the ending has a particular scene where it’s especially horrifying to read. It actually shocked me as I never thought something like this would be in a young adult novel. There is a lot of action scenes in the book, particularly towards the end where the story reaches a breaking point. What did bother me a little was the sudden abrupt outcomes of certain characters in the book. It was like as if the author just wanted to quickly tie some loose ends and it did seem like it was a rush job. Upon finishing the book, it left me feeling subdued. I liked it, but I didn’t. I know I should not have expected a happy ending considering the bleak subject matter of this series but perhaps I expected a lot more to happen. It definitely was not what I expected. That being said though, the ending was all right perhaps I wanted just a little bit more. It was a pleasure reading this fantastic series and I have no regrets.
Date published: 2010-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Series Never Fails I think this is probably the only series of books I've read where I found every one to be perfect. Usually as they go on, they get gradually worse, but I found Mockingjay to be right up there with The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I would highly recommend this series to everyone. *Spoiler Alert* The only thing that I felt was too rushed was Finnick's death. I really liked his character, and he got killed off way too fast when it did happen. At least he didn't suffer.
Date published: 2010-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great end I wasn't sure if how it was all going to end and my guesses would have been way off, but I'm not complaining it was a great end to a great series. I wonder if the author will be starting another series? 124/1000
Date published: 2010-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Mockingjay was a really good book. like the second, Catching Fire, it had parts when it bored me to death, then it got into the action and such. the end rapped up way to quickly, though, and it should have been extended more, not as geat as one nor two, but still excaptionaly good. but it sounded almost like the book of the vidio game HALO would be like. still a very good book.
Date published: 2010-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great I knew that Suzanne would not disappoint on the last book in the series.... I kind of felt that the book started off slow but around the middle of the book i could not put it down. I hope that she will start another series ASAP!!!!
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Completely torn... *Spoiler alerts* Just finished reading the third book of the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, and I don't even know how to begin this review! I absolutely loved the first 2 books!! They were so well-written, had amazing storylines that just pulled you in, and the characters were all so likable. I have to say that Katniss is probably one of my all-time favourite protagonists ever written. Like most of the other reviewers, I could not put either of those books down, devoured them in a day, and then went back and read them again. But I was not prepared for what Mockingjay had in store for me... It's not to say that it wasn't a good book..it was. But just incredibly dark and disturbing in such a different way than the first 2, that you wonder at times if you're still reading part of the Hunger Games trilogy, or if it's a completely different story. Brutally tragic. The first two parts were intriguing and kept me wanting to read more. But by the third part, I just wanted to put it down. And that's saying a lot considering how much I've truly loved this series thus far. I understand the author conveying the brutality of war, and I think the social and political messages in the book are very well done, but that said..how much can one character go through?? It seemed in a way, incohesive with the rest of the series. I sort of understand why the love triangle wasn't more emphasized in this one, considering the focus on the war and the development of Katniss' character, but then why was it such a huge focus in the first two?? With a set up like that, you can't help but want more resolution! I completely agree with other reviewers when they say that it was far too trivialized and wrapped up so quickly that you were left wondering...what? why? How did Peeta suddenly turn around? After everything, Gale just up and left her for work in the districts? What was the point of the solitary confinement? She moves back to 12 just like that? At the same time, only a good book could inspire so many thoughts and questions! Definitely mixed thoughts on this one. But not a book I could read again.
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Okay Ending The story so far: Katniss has been through hell and back, as a Tribute from District 12. She’s had to fight for her life every step of the way, even if it means killing for survival. It’s all lead up to this moment, the Capitol (led by President Snow) is angry with Kat and they will do anything to get to her…including bombing her District, killing hundreds of people in the process. Katniss is now leading the rebellion, just so she can get to President Snow. I have to be honest with you all, the hype surrounding this book just didn’t live up to the original Hunger Games for me. Mockingjay takes a total tone change mid book and it’s not for the better IMHO. Please keep in mind, I am trying to do this as spoiler free as possible. There WILL be discussions about this book in the comments, so please if you haven’t read the book avoid the comments where I will be able to discuss this in depth with those who have read the series in full. I felt that in this, the final book in the series, Ms. Collins killed off characters just because she could. Not many of the deaths had an impact on the book, except for one and even then I felt it was unnecessary. It was like she was putting Katniss into all these positions to see if she could break her and really, after all this character has been through I felt the ending was lackluster at best. And there were a lot of deaths, many of which I felt there was no real point to. Katniss was always a strong character to me, but towards the end of the book it was like she was an all new character. After all she’d been through, now she’s impacted? WHAT?! After all the deaths, just one (though a big one) changes her so deeply, changes her feelings towards her best friend? Through out the book Katniss is used non-stop, no descion is really her own and that’s not the Katniss we knew in books 1 and 2. That’s what really brough it down for me in terms of rating, because this isn’t the Katniss we’ve read about previously. The previous books in the series always left me thinking, but this left me with “that’s it?”. The situation with Gale was too tidy, no ending at all with no real closure. The situation with Peeta was way too cut and dry, how all of the sudden he’s “okay” made no sense to me. I also saw the climax coming from a mile away, so when it happened I wasn’t shocked or stunned. What I loved about Hunger Games and Catching Fire, was there wasn’t an easy resolution to any of the problems Katniss faced but with Mockingjay things seemed so easily fixed. When Katniss comes out of her coma, it seems like everything around her is fixed and it made no sense to me as a reader. I was disappointed with the final book in the series, it just cleaned up too nicely and didn’t match the hype for me. Mockingjay just didn’t have the same feel as Hunger Games and Catching Fire did.
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kinda Great I really love the Hunger Games Series and I enjoyed Mockingjay. But Suzanne Collins did it again.... She writes beautiful plot lines that are so rich with intrigue but then right at the climax she quickly wraps up all her loose ends in a tidy bow. I loved the book until the lackluster ending.
Date published: 2010-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expected more. Some books are so anticipated and so hyped they cannot help but disappoint. This book felt a little that way for me. I know the Hunger Games is dystopian fiction, and the story was resolved but to me it felt flat. I knew that not everyone would survive, and I must admit I was a little surprised by some who died and some who lived. But overall it left me wanting either something more, or something else. The best way to put it is the book left me vaguely unfulfilled. I could put my finger on it directly, until about three quarters of the way through it was living up to expectations. And it is one of the best books I have read this year. But there is this little nagging when I think about the book and the trilogy. I am sure my opinion on this matter will be in the minority but so be it. As we know from the end of the last book, District 13 was not annihilated as the Capital of Penam would have us believe. A team from district 13 has rescued Katniss from her second trip to the arena of the Hunger Games. But how much can a human body and mind take? Katniss is struggling to keep herself together; she also has plans and motives all her own, no matter how other people want to use her. The resistance's goal is to use her as the Mockingjay, a tool to unite the rebels in the different districts, and a herald that can unite the people in a single cause against the capital and its peacekeepers. The story is written at a good pace. The reader will find that they cannot put the book down. They will addictively read and read, even when they should go to bed, or back to work. You will want to find out what is going to happen next, and what is going to happen to Katniss, Gale, Peeta and the others we have come to care about in the first two books. You cannot help but appreciate the characters and watch as they grow and change through the books. Even though the end of the book left me feeling a little off, this is a great book in a great series. If you have not read the trilogy, do!
Date published: 2010-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisfying End to the Trilogy Reason for Reading: Next (and final) book in the trilogy. There's no point giving a summary as there are already hundreds of reviews which have done that before me. Suffice it to say that there is a war and people die. One walks into this final installment knowing someone (at least) is going to die. War has been brewing during the series and it's culmination was obvious and no good writer can write realistically about war without having deaths. My own personal predictions of who would die were dead wrong and I was quite shocked with who eventually had their life(ves) taken in the name of Freedom. But it was truly wonderful. Everything that happened in Mockingjay felt *right* to me. It's not what I expected or how I possibly would have had things turn out but Ms. Collins went in a direction I can truly appreciate and understand. In a war who are the good guys? Obviously one would like to think the side one is on, but from an outsider's point of view can there be a good guy? and is there any real distinction between the sides, as bad guys? Each side is capable of the same thing and is it only an atrocity when *they* did it to *you*? Is it right to punish the losers after the war is over? What if you are on the losing side? How do we live with and get on with it all afterwards? Personally, I am not *anti* war, I believe that, unfortunately, there does come a time when one must fight, but regardless of a person's stance on war these are thought provoking questions that are real to any society. The ending was perfect for me. I think it was a completely plausible ending for the main characters and it felt good deep in my bones. I'm truly satisfied with how Mockingjay ended and so glad I read this series now, all together, once all the books had been published.
Date published: 2010-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. After two breathtaking predecessors, Collins concludes the captivating young adults trilogy (The Hunger Games) with a novel that cannot be fully described in words. Mockingjay is: blending action, tension, love, hate, revolution, and apocolyptic themes and pouring it over some fresh suspense. Absolutely amazing.
Date published: 2010-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Highly Anticipated Finale Leaves Me Speechless. Well. What can I possibly say that will manage to express how I feel about this book? This one is on a whole new level compared to the past two, for different reasons. Not because it was better, or more exciting. No, the first two deliver an incredible amount of amazement and excitement. So did this one . . . at times. I found Mockingjay extrememly different than the last two because it was so dark, and intense that it bulit up the suspense of this conclusion even more. As I flipped the pages I kept thinking: ''What's going to happen in the end?'' It was always on my mind, because as it progressed, things got even dark, and very depressing. Something was missing, and as I thought about how anxious I was to read this in the first place, It came to the point where it sat on my desk for about two weeks, untouched. Why? No idea. I just struggled to keep reading, maybe because of the slow beginning? Probably. It didn't get exciting enough until a certain point, and that left me dieing to read the next page, and the page after that. The ending is what I was waiting for. It's what was always in the back of my mind, consuming my thoughts completely. But when it came, I couldn't help but feel a tad disappointed. Things just didn't fall into place right. I still have questions. This was depressing and dark, and I understand why the characters would change dramatically. But because of certain things that happen, I was left so saddened by the change of things. I didn't feel like I truly knew the characters anymore. This was a completely different instalment compared to the last two. I really don't know what to say, I guess the new change in the world changed the characters, and I can understand that, but why?! I would have never thought that I would have put this book down for a second, but I did, and in the end, it was sad to see how it concluded, and to see it concluding. But, BUT! I cannot say that I didn't like this. I REALLY liked this. The characters have just grown on me, and even though The Hunger Games is over, It will never feel over to me. Collins is beyond genius, and this final instalment truly shows her ability to bring us right back into her world, leaving us shocked, and speechless at how things progress. This is for sure, my favourite series of all time, and even a disappointing conclusion won't change that. There were a lot of expectations for this, and I cannot imagine the amount of pressure that was out on Collins to write something to please all. Many of us have been in The Hunger Games journey, and as I look back to when I read the books for the first time, I remember Katniss in the first book. Taking her sister's spot in the Hunger Games, and Peeta, the baker's son, entering with her. Now, after reading Mockingjay, and experiencing the Finale to this amazingly amazing series, I can say that we have grown up with them. We've seen them grow, change, fight, battle, cry, scream, and laugh. We lived within another world, where it seemed more than just fiction. It seemed more than just three books. It exceeded beyond all words. Right from the beginning, and right until the end, it was always watching to me, not reading. And I have Suzanne Collins to thank for that. 4.8/5 2010-058
Date published: 2010-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Ending Bad Epilogue Not much I can add that hasn't already been said. I thought this was a solid ending to the series. However, I really wish I hadn't read the epilogue which I thought was pretty lame. The ending would have been better without the epilogue.
Date published: 2010-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An an excellent series with a mediocre conclusion First, the good: Collins has delivered a vivid, accurate plot about a group of people struggling through trauma and extremely long odds. Unlike many other reviews, I disagree that the mental trauma in this book was exaggerated/unnecessary. The book is an accurate depiction of war, propaganda, and violence. I’m satisfied with the final romantic pairing. I enjoyed the pace & twists. The final statements on the lasting negative effects of war are beautifully represented. The survivors display classic symptoms of PTSD, and express realistic reservations about explaining their suffering to loved ones. That said, the bad: SPOILER ALERT! From Prim’s death onward, the plot twists did not feel right. This was not the first plot twist I didn’t expect or want, but after this, I kept wishing Katniss was going to wake up from some nightmare and find herself trying to get into Snow’s mansion to assassinate him as planned. Post Prim’s death, Katniss is abandoned and among friends back and forth so much that I wanted to give up on the book. “Who’s really the bad guy” came too little, too late. I was turned off when Prim shows up unexpectedly and dies. She would have been filed in the same category as Finnick and Castor if there had been a reason for her to make an appearance in the midst of battle; it would have at least been “acceptable” in the reader’s mind. Instead, it feels like a convenient way to end Prim’s storyline. Some readers are disappointment that Haymitch returned to drinking & remained miserable. Not me. It’s realistic & true to character. He’s likely the least changed of all. Gale: Yes, he probably would want to go anywhere but 12, and probably would have needed initial distance, but would he really want to just leave Katniss? Didn’t he love her? What changed? He’s written off in a single sentence, and it doesn’t ring true. The mother: I’m unsurprised she chose to work elsewhere. It fits her personality & goals. I’m shocked, however, that she did not first go with her daughter to ensure that she was coping, as she seems to be coping fine herself. Why didn’t she call Katniss? Yes, they spoke, but not until Katniss called. She just finally starting to bloom then her story arch ended. Peeta: Maybe I missed this somewhere in the last chapter, but when did he largely stabilize? Yeah, it mentions him having episodes, but he seems magically cured of homicidal tendencies & the need to hurt himself to keep a grip on reality. The latter is a very real for many PTSD cases and it takes a long time to recover from it. Many relapse repeatedly. Why is this suddenly gone? Katniss: the girl on fire suddenly follows orders? Yes, 12 was once home and she did return a couple of times while working for the rebels, but those were only brief trips to retrieve items. It was painful for her. Why is she okay with living there? Up until this point, she did whatever she wanted. It feels like she gave up, which is possible, that should be more clear. The love triangle: Yay, Peeta! He was my choice & apparently the obvious result… but where did she actually choose? She chose Peeta over loneliness, not over Gale. She didn’t have to resolve her feelings about Gale or her issues with relationships. Collins made the choice for her. Gale’s absence didn’t even bother Katniss much. I can’t decide if this fits her mental state, but it’s not true to the girl who never wanted to get married and have children. True, as suggested, if faced with the choice she may never have chosen, but why couldn’t we explore that? Another Hunger Games: Most of the votes were unsurprising & true to character. I even understood Katniss’ revenge-driven vote. Haymitch’s positive vote? That threw me. Miserable, drunk and pessimistic though he may be, he never struck me as the type of person who would make such a heartless, vengeful decision. I would have expected him to want all the slaughter to end, perhaps even more so than Katniss or Peeta. All in all, this was an excellent series with a mediocre conclusion. I would reread the first two, and I still recommend them, but I won’t read Mockingjay again. Someone else said that the book felt like a first draft. I agree. The wrap-up was too quick, too convenient, and came across feeling rosy and cliché despite an effort on the author’s part to outline the devastating permanent damage the war has done.
Date published: 2010-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Rattled. I honestly cried throughout the entire last chunk of the book and spent over half an hour afterwards just sobbing. Definatly one of the saddest books I've ever read. I just finished it a few hours ago though so I haven't had time to really digest how I feel about it and probably won't until morning or so. I'm sure after a bit of time thought I'll grow to love this book even if every time I re-read it I'll grieve over that one character who died (you know who I mean) over and over and over. 'Cause I reeeaally wish that they hadn't died, but that's the happy ending loving side of me showing! Over-all thought it was really good. I really loved "The Hanging Tree" it was one of my favorite tid-bits in the entire book for some reason.
Date published: 2010-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little dissapointing I recently devoured the first two books of the Hunger Games trilogy (which I loved), and though I enjoyed the last book, I was a little disspointed. I felt like so much time was devoted to descriptions of Katnis' many injuries or nightmares, but then the book was wrapped up in just a few pages, with lot's of unresolved issues. Also, I realize that this was a book about a war, and that there are no winners in a war, but I still felt that too many characters were killed off, and that those who survived were very badly scarred both physically and emotionally. I was also shocked with the final tragedy that Katnis faced that left her understandabley devastated, and I couldn't believe that it had happened. Finally, I was very surprised to read that many of the other reviewers thought that Katnis should have ended up with Gale, when I have always thought it was clear that Peeta was the right guy for her - he is so positive and good, and helps bring out the best in Katnis. As Katnis says in the book, Gale was too filled with anger, whereas Peeta remembers her as the girl who picked a dandelion, which was a gesture of hope. I do agree with the other reviewers though that the conclusion of this love triangle was a little too anti-climatic, and seemed to be an after thought. Overall, it was a great series, but while I would reread the first two books, I don't think I would read this one again. Too sad a book.
Date published: 2010-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sufficiently Suphonsified Okay, so maybe it isn't really a word, but the phrase 'sufficiently suphonsified' is a phrase used by my Grandmother to convey a feeling of satisfaction with a meal. It means being satiated or fed to satisfaction. And that's exactly how I feel after devouring Mockingjay in one sitting, like I gorged at the Thanksgiving table and now feel extremely satisfied with the meal. I'm not going to bother with a synopsis of the story, there are plenty of other reviews that have done a good job of it, and I am going to do my best to be spoiler free. So here are my thoughts.... I have to start by saying this trilogy is one of the best I've read in years. All three books were stellar reads, and Mockingjay, while maybe not my favourite of the three, lived up to the high standards set by its predecessors. I REALLY liked this book, although I thought the start was a bit shaky. I can see why fans of the first two books may have had a hard time with Mockingjay though. The characters are so broken and damaged, have endured so much pain and torture and grief, it's amazing they can function at all. This includes Katniss, who spends a good part of the time in a drug-induced haze, avoiding facing reality. But who can blame her? With the reality she has to face, it isn't surprising that the habitual drunkenness of Katniss' mentor Haymitch starts to seem like harmless self-medicating. But Katniss' true core of strength wins through and while it is definitely brutal and intense, it's satisfying to witness her journey towards becoming not just a survivor, but a real hero. Another reason some fans may be disappointed in Mockingjay is because the hype of the first two books may have led them to believe that part of the story would a teen-angsty type love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale and that there would be a big 'choice' to be made. While I won't reveal who gets who, I will say that in the end, it never really came to a choice. The characters have changed and grown (and grown apart) that a choice is moot. There isn't any angsty romantic moment. But that's okay as far as I'm concerned - That was never what this story was about. The Hunger Games trilogy is about war and pain and the evil things humans do for power and it is through this context that Collins exhibits some excellent character development. As the war with the Capitol rages, Katniss is tested to her limit and it is through the ugliness of war that the less admirable qualities of people are revealed. How each person reacts to the mounting pressure really drives home the issue of how serious, dark, and tortuous war is. Too many people die, relationships are altered, and the living are irrevocably changed. Mockingjay, like the first two books, Hunger Games and Catching Fire, is a powerful book that will affect you long after the last page is read. It isn't all hearts and roses at the end, but neither is life. Collins doesn't sugarcoat things for her readers. Her agenda with these books has remained consistent — war is hell. Killing each other to gain more power is not the answer. Ever. There are some truly black moments in this book. Children die horribly. Needlessly. Including one death will leave you asking yourself why. Why couldn’t Collins have let this character live — this symbol of hope and love? But it made sense. War is not kind to anyone involved. And exceptions are rarely made. Sure the ending may be bittersweet, but it was satisfying. I feel full. 2010-151
Date published: 2010-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mockingjay Suzanne Collins’ “Mockingjay” is a dose of reality. It is the third book in the trilogy “The Hunger Games”. In it the characters have all become bitter and scarred from their experiences associated with the Hunger Games and they are seeking revenge or retribution. Katniss is residing in district 13 and is a symbol of hope for the rebels who fight against the capitol. Katniss is reluctant to embrace the role of the “Mockingjay” that incites rebellion until she sees a broadcast of Peeta being manipulated by President Snow. With the intention of seeking revenge on Snow, Katniss agrees to play the role and eventually Peeta and the victors are rescued from the Capitol, but they are all damaged in some way. Peeta has been hijacked and is mentally unstable and basically hates Katniss and seeks to destroy her. Gale and Katniss work together to seek out Snow and destroy him, but in the process Katniss loses many people she loves and in the end Gale is gone from her life. I believe the book is realistic in that Katniss is not the perfect heroine, but she hides from her troubles and still cannot decide between Gale and Peeta, in the end the choice of who she is with is more due to circumstances rather than the one and only true love. Her killing of Coin, the president of district 13 was predictable as was the war being a double edged sword where no one is the hero, but everyone is the enemy. I had my suspicions about district 13 from the beginning being involved in an inappropriate way in the war against the Capitol. Who was the greater evil, Coin or Snow, who knows, but they both die in the end and new people gain control of the government and an end is put the Hunger Games and peace ensues. I enjoyed this third book better than the second one, but the first book is still my favourite. I feel the book ended in a realistic way with the heroine not being quite as shiny as some would like her to be. She survived, she was tough, she was bitter, she was scarred for life and she ended up with the wrong guy, but Gale could have come back and she could have sought him out, but they did not and to me that rings like true life.
Date published: 2010-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A tad dissapointing, but should still be read! Let me just say this now: I was never a fan of the series. I read the first two and though, "Eh, it's alright," and my reaction to the last book was pretty much the same. The book is gritty and dark, full of real heartbreak, lessons in loss, and hard decisions. However, like in the last books, I feel like it became something of a crutch. I didn't expect Katniss to be all happy-happy sunshine after what she went through, but I was hoping that she would show a bit more spine. She's always so melancholy that when something bad happens to her, I don't feel anything because she's already so upset in the first place, so what's an extra tragedy or two? Otherwise, I did enjoy the adventure that she went on, and the final, most tragic thing to happen to Katniss did tug at my heartstrings. Unfortunately, I wasn't too happy with the main character, and seeing as the book is written from her point of view, this was a bit of a problem for me. In any case, fans of the series will still enjoy Katniss Everdeen's final adventure.
Date published: 2010-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fitting Conclusion This third novel in the Hunger Games triology was just as enthralling as the previous two. My only criticism, which I seem to share with everyone else who I have spoken to, is that the ending came too quickly and felt a bit rushed. We needed more time to digest Katniss' decision about who she chose to be with, needed it to feel like it was as heartbreaking for her as it was for us! Still the best series since Potter!
Date published: 2010-09-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Underwhelming (in comparison to the first two)... Let's face it: part of what makes this series so good is the Games themselves. Without the Games, this book was bound to be less of a page-turner. But...I did have high expectations that there would be some of the same stuff that made me love the first two books - I couldn't put them down! I left this one sitting by my bedside and nodded off many a night trying to finish it. It just didn't hold my interest. Because the Peeta/Gale thing had been dragged out so long, at this point - I didn't care who she picked (I half expected her to pick no one or all - or die at the end ). The author's handling of this was as bad as all the other reviewers lament. It's not WHO she picked, it's how it was written. Just not with the readers in mind. There were some good parts - and there were some bad parts. All in all, I'd recommend the read to conclude the series, but I was quite disappointed - and would not re-read this book (as I would the first two).
Date published: 2010-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is it just me... Am I the only one who actually cried at the end because Katniss did not choose Gale? I was a bit peeved how he was carelessly written off in one sentance in the epilogue, and it did not seem to go with his character. I don't believe he was full of hate and rage, but more like passion for a cause he believed in. I also think he would have been a great family man after having delt with all his siblings all his life. I am also a bit bummed how Katniss's skill with the bow is no longer valid, or perhaps that it is not valid, it is just no longer needed. That is one of thie things I thought was coolest about her, she was so strong and independant.. After reading Mockingjay (wich I did within a day) I actually sat down at my computer and wrote an ending I personally felt would have been more satisfactory -- not to take away from Suzanne Collins' writing, we all know she is a genius. I would have liked to have seen Katniss and Gale self sufficient eanough to take to the woods to live out their life together, and Peeta killed in the firebombing at the mansion in the capitol risking his life to save Katniss as he had planned all along. Lets face it, he is damaged goods and I do not get a warm and fuzzy feeling about their relationship. I think he would have sacrificed himself to save Katniss as he tried to do during the games, and finally succeded. Perhaps he should have died a hero and martyr by jumping on Katniss to protect her from the ravages of the fire attack. Maybe its just me. Regardless, for any book to actually make me cry, and then to keep me fuming for several days afterwords is amazing, and I think that is likely exactly what Ms. Collins had in mind when she was writing it. I feel Katniss made the wrong decision, but I loved the book and have not been able to stop thinking aobut it for a week now.
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic but sad at the same time The first time I started reading these series I got sucked into them. And I never fell out. The time where Katniss sang her heart out to Rue when she died is a memory you will never forget. And now we come to the last book of the series. I thought the book pulled everything nicely together, but I was very disapointed when they killed off my favourite characters. I still think there is a little thought between if Katniss should of chosen Gale or Peeta, but we all know everyone was leaning towards Peeta. I never could have decided for myeslf if I was Katniss because both characters are so unqiue and loving, that it's impossible to know. I know it's not a happily ever after, and that Katniss will be scarred for the rest of her life. But this is a book you can't miss. When you read the book you'll understand this statement..... Is the book good? Real or not real? Real.
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright... As everyone knows, the first two books in this trilogy are absolutely amazing! but when it comes to Mockingjay, I'm pretty sure a lot of people have been very disappointed. I know i am. I thought this book would be amazing, but it feels as if EVERYTHING is wrong. From the whole plot of the story to the people who die in it. It's just so messed up. All together I found it was alright because in some places it made sense.
Date published: 2010-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still good There's no denying the strength of Suzanne Collins' writing. In the third and final volume of the Hunger Games Trilogy, she's yet again shown her ability to enrapture the reader and thrust us into a very real world of very real dangers. As much as I love the characters, this book didn't quite do it for me. There is too much at stake, too many deaths to fight for, so much momentum that builds up for it to just dissipate at the end. I don't think it lived up to expectations.
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! this final book of the Hunger Games series was the best of the series! Collins has a gift at writing and ending the series on a good note. It's intense and imaginative. If you loved the first two books, you'll LOVE this book even more! It made me want to read the whole series all over again, and inspires me to want to write my own stories some day. It satisfys MY hunger! (pun intended)
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why did I ever bother? I picked up the first book two days ago in the airport, since they didn't have a wide selection of books and I'd heard some decent things about this series. I was just hoping for something to occupy some time, and I guess that's just what I got. Katniss demonstrates again that she is still a premature teenager sprung into an adult's situation when she - yet again - cannot make up her mind about her role as the Mockingjay. She shirks responsibility and makes no effort to even try as she does whatever she wants while the others are planning a better future. She takes no action until she makes demands which would solely benefit her or the meager few she truly cares about. Once again she's very short-sighted, never truly investing herself into the revolution (which is a team effort), but laying out plans for selfish revenge. It also seems like she's never really a leader, or presented in a light without some taint of selfishness or mediocrity unless she's on camera. And even then these decent speeches are spontaneous and seem at odds with her constant internal climate. Too sure of herself when she speaks on camera, while she constantly changes her mind at any new opinion given from someone. 'Mentally Unstable' seems to be the horse driving the chariot within her mind, whether it is her waiting for someone else to decide or constantly changing her mind and belittling herself so no real moment of full confidence shines through. The last quarter of the book felt like I was slogging through the tar myself, just waiting to get to the end. The battles and violence may have been vaguely interesting against the gray wall which has taken the backdrop flavor of this book, but with the same mental drivel in Katniss's head these are transformed into dull bricks as well. Seen it, done that. Without new forms of prose or a change in mental state, everything described is the same as before, even the parts which should be highlighted. (And what, this is ANOTHER Hunger Game? This is tantamount to hitting roadkill with a stick!) And everything just seems so pointless. The mission with their Star Squad was pointless in weakening the enemy (the rebels got to them much more effectively at the end), and pointless for gathering shooting material for propos because they don't need them in the end when they win. Katniss's inclination to sway at anyone's opinion returns when she kills the wrong President, somehow forgetting the thoroughly understood need to sacrifice a few to save many (which she's practiced so many times), and now her motive of revenge has become pointless as well. Pointless, because it was not meaningful in some sort of change within her, of a sudden moral understanding. The sad attempt at the love triangle in the past books fizzes out finally, in an unconvincing end which is fitting, since it was never convincing at all. Why did I ever bother?
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Big Finale This is the third and final book in The Hunger Games Trilogy and I have to say that for it being a final book it was a bit Anti-Climatic for me. I did still enjoy the book but considering all the hype and expectation this book should have nocked your socks off and for me it didn't, I also have to add that at times all of the characters kind of annoyed me and I feel like there were some holes in the story. This has never been a 5 star series to me but I still found the first two books very compelling and I found this one was missing a little of that magic. Overall I still really enjoyed the book and I would recommend this series, and Suzanne Collins is an amazing writer and I'm very happy I picked up these books, you get pulled into a great story that will make you want more. :0)
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from bittersweet The finale of any trilogy is always a bit sad. There are characters who don't reach their potential, ones that get less than they deserve and in this case ones that die and you wish they hadn't. Compelling and beautifully written it is a bittersweet ending to The Hunger Games.
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! An excellent ending to a truly excellent series! Katniss may not have always been the most likable of characters but she was the most admirable. I really loved the fact that Collins didn't cop out and give everyone a perfect rosy ending with butterflies and puppies. In war people die and in the aftermath of war people are changed and damaged and Collins addresses this eloquently.
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HEARTBREAKING.... There are many words to describe this book, sad, horrific,depressing, and to me heartbreaking. The revolution finally comes, the people are breaking free of the capital, it's what you have hoped for Katniss all along. When I finally read the words The End, I was left thinking but what about... and this...and this.... I did not get the answers to so many things. One of the most intense relationships in the book just disappears. This really bothered me, this was not what I would have thought either character could do to each other. There are also moments where it seems like things happen ,to see how much more a seventeen year old girl can suffer, unitl she is broken. The fact that I have questions has left this book hanging in my head. A sad and broken Katniss is whats left, for all the people that were important to her or felt she was important enough to follow into the revolution are gone or have left her. The Epilouge seemed added to sooth such a harsh ending, to maybe let you down easy, but it doesn't.
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, but disappointing. The Hunger Games series is amazing. It is one of the best series to come out since Harry Potter(in my opinion) and this last installment in the series came with great anticipation. Fans went to release parties all over North America to get their book at the stroke of midnight. With all this excitment about Mockingjay came high expectations. I think that Mockingjay was a little Anti-climatic. Catching Fire ended with Katniss sending an arrow into the arena force field. In doing this she destroyed the arena, she was then taken away by the rebels, peeta was left in the hands of the capitol. In Mockingjay Katniss must decide if she will be the face of the rebellion; she must decide if she will be the Mockingjay. Now don't get me wrong, I think this is an amazing book. It is full of suspense, surprizes, action, and of course romance. There are deaths, rescue missions, and mental breakdowns. The only problem is the ending. I feel like Collins was unsure how to end the book, so she gave it a typical happy ending. I just think that this series wasn't meant for a happy ending. apart from the ending, I loved this book like the other two in this series. I love the symbolism, the plot, and the weirdness. it is the perfect series for me.
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Bit Disappointed.. Suzanne Collins has yet again created an amazing story, but I do wish she did some things differently. I found that I still had several questions by the ending of the book, and that she didn't tie up the loose ends. The last chapters should have definitely been used to do so. I was left unsatisfied with the deaths of some characters. I felt like she didn't put any emphasis on it and moved on too quickly. Also, the way she ended things with the love triangle was very haste and displeasing. In the end, a great book, but still a little bit disappointing.
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Torn I absolutely loved this book for the first three quarters. I was convinced that it was the best of the whole series. As someone on the older side of the teen spectrum, the darker tone and seriousness of the war didn't bother me. Although, I do know a lot of younger readers that found it too violent. In my opinion the best thing about Collins' writing is that it's completely unpredictable. So, with a story that could go so many ways, why she ended it the way she did confounds me. I have no problem with the story not having a shiny perfect ending, but its complete lack of resolution was strange. I seemed to me like a first draft. The bones were there, but it needed editors to come in and ask the hard questions that we as readers want to know. After a while I tired of Katniss' "mental instability". Yes, she's been through traumatic experiences, but we don't kneed to go on for pages and pages about it. The final chapter would have been better spent tying up loose ends, letting us know what happened to the other characters and the romance. Why have a love triangle, drag it on for three books, and never really resolve it like that? What was the point of their romance? Criticism aside, Collins has really made a masterpiece out of this final book. She stirs up difficult questions about war and human nature like I've never seen in a teen book. Collins portrays the senselessness of war without becoming preachy or telling us how to feel. I hope to see more from her in the future.
Date published: 2010-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful The third and final book of The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay did not disappoint. It follows Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, as she tries to decide whether she is ready to become the Mockingjay, the symbol of the rebels who are fighting against the Capitol. I enjoyed this book so much. I thought it was powerful, intense and very emotional. Tears sprang to my eyes quite a few times while reading this. The character of Katniss grows so much in this book and starts to realize just how important she is in this war. I thought it was a perfect ending to this amazing trilogy.
Date published: 2010-08-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from best book in the series this book couldnt of gotten any better the ending was soo unpredictable and it makes u want to read on forever i loved it
Date published: 2010-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED (I wish I could give it 10 stars) Perfection. Epic, full on amazing perfection. Everything about this novel makes me want to read it over and over and over. The plot, the characters, the depth of the emotions evoked from Collins writing.. it's just.. Flawless. Completely different from her two first installments, yet.. it makes them all come together perfectly. JUST READ IT. If you read reviews that are negative. IGNORE THEM. cause this book is brilliant.. Favorite series of all time!! 3
Date published: 2010-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Only Satisfying I just finished Mockingjay, and I do have mixed feelings about it. I really wanted to like this book, but it's so different from the others in the series that I loved. It focused more on the brutality of war and the choices Katniss has to make as the Mockingjay - unlike the Hunger Games and Catching Fire where it focused on the Games and more superficial objects of the plot, like Peeta and Katniss's romance. I didn't like this new, harsher style that Mockingjay had to be set in. But ultimately, even if there were four or five books in the series, the last one would be brutally to the point of the series and tying all the loose ends. It would be just a matter of how much extra plot Collins could fit into a third book without the finale. While reading the reviews a bit less than half way through, I didn't relate to the opinions because I liked that certain part of the book. Almost too bluntly, it coverd up the confusion of Catching Fire and got into more interesting stuff like Katniss's role of the Mockingjay. But it all started going downhill about halfway through Part 2. More war and what would actually happen in the end. The thing is, there aren't enough brutal books out there to make the ending satisfying for the reader. This is why many people are being turned off by Mockingjay. But sadly, Panem is not and will never be a place with a fairytale ending. So I've learned to accept that the ending is satisfying enough to wrap up a really good series. Mockingjay may scar a few people with the brutality and the killing of many characters that readers have grown to love. Unlike other people, I was not teary eyed but I did feel sad and felt like shutting the book. Lastly, the series is called the Hunger Games. So I guess it makes sense that the finale will leave the readers hungry for more.
Date published: 2010-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A deep novel that wraps things up without the perfect happy-ever-after Be prepared. Collins has a way with words and precise pacing that in this book, manages to suck everything - every emotion out of you - until you are drained, conflicted, satisfied, empty and feeling a thousand emotions all at once by the end. You will be jerked every which way emotionally, all without knowing what is going to happen next. But in the end, you know that if it had ended any other way, it would have been a cop-out on the author's part. First and foremost, this book is very different from its predecessors and gives you a lot to think about. Although the premise of the entire series is rather grim, this does not really hit home until Mockingjay. It is a novel about oppression and rebellion, and about the very real consequences these can bring in every brutal detail. But underlying that is its message about the power of human greed, from the way Katniss slowly dissolves emotionally as everyone wants a piece of her to the Capital's corruption. There is always a sense that you can't trust anybody in the novel. The first two books, and the Hunger Games, were just build-ups to this rebellion and this message. There are character deaths, some characters whom I absolutely adored. There are graphic scenes of people being murdered. Collins really did not give us a glossed-over version, does not let us reach a neat happy-ever-after so that we can forget her message and forgive ourselves for doing so. And I applaud her, because too many books do that. They are written as an escape from reality when we do not want to face it; a form of junk food if you will. Collins, on the other hand, makes us see our ugly sides that we very much want to ignore. And how did she accomplish this? Through her excellent pacing, which walks the fine edge of being too fast and too slow, and ends up being neither. It is right on, and keeps you guessing. You can tell that she planned the trilogy very well. The only complaint I have is the slightly abrupt ending, I would have liked to know more about where certain characters ended up. Through her excellent and thorough character development, for example we learn more about Gale's true character, Peeta's psychology, and of course, Katniss, who is as complicated a heroine as ever. There is much more internal dialogue in this novel, and despite her many flaws, I honestly really like her. Through the complexly crafted President Snow and District 13. District 13 was honestly not how I expected it to be...I thought that everything would be okay once they reached 13, that it was a safe haven, but I couldn't have been more wrong. I was quite surprised actually, but I should have expected it. And of course, the LOVE TRIANGLE! I was always torn between Peeta and Gale, but as I read, it became clear who she would end up with fairly quickly. And I wouldn't have had it otherwise with the way things were going and how I discovered the true nature of a certain person. Nonetheless, things were not perfect. Katniss gets an ending, I would say, "as happy as reality can give." Take that however you want. I want to make it clear that the romance was only a subplot. If you want to read it just to see who she ends up with, then you're better off reading other YA romance books like Twilight. Which I don't like, so never mind. Try Shiver. In conclusion, this is not a book easily rated. I feel like it goes beyond a measly, superficial rating system because it's not just about that shallow rush of excitement or enjoyment when you read it. It makes you question yourself and the world. I honestly was not sure what I thought about it and remained in emotional turmoil until...well, I'm still in emotional turmoil. But just think about this - what other book can capture your attention so absolutely, and suck you into its world until you are so completely emotionally invested? Until you think about what the book really means? That is some talent with words. Congratulations, Suzanne Collins.
Date published: 2010-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perhaps the most important book of the trilogy MOCKINGJAY doesn't need a love triangle to be one of the most emotionally intense young adult novels published this year. Inside of hiding behind Who Will Katniss Choose? The novel finally allows itself to wholeheartedly focus on what the trilogy has evolved into: The story of a damaged young woman's journey as the unintentional but not unwilling symbol of an uprising. Better written than the previous two novels, MOCKINGJAY cracks the nut that is Katniss Everdeen. No longer just a detached narrator, her walls have crumbled and at last there is a sense of the emotions she has been withholding from us. They echo in every chapter. One of the most admirable qualities of MOCKINGJAY is how it never undermines the very valid reasons for the rebellion yet never glorifies or glosses over the brutal violent reality of what such a movement would be like. It is an intellectually mature read that challenges the reader to face the truth of what war is. (And, yes, it also satisfyingly answers the question of Who Will Katniss Choose.)
Date published: 2010-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So outstanding it reduced me to tears! Despite this being a fictional novel Mockinjay came alive for me in a way that extended past the pages of the book. We may not live in the dystopic society that is an every day reality for Katniss Everdeen and her family but I can see our own failings mirrored in the pages of Mockinjay. I can see it in our capitalistic society that is obsessed with material goods and is driven by consumption, in the genocides that have happened in our past and that go unnoticed by many in our present and the starvation that is a reality for many across the world. As I reconnected with the characters of this novel and experienced with them the horror of their reality I was humbled and became grateful for all that I have. In each novel of The Hunger Games series it is Katniss's selflessness that stood out to me and her willingness to do anything to protect those she loves. The narration of this novel is very morose but it is occasionally peppered with stories of hope, moments of laughter and touches of kindness. While Mockinjay is not a book with constant action like the first two novels in this series, each moment was well written and I found the change in pace to add to the story rather then take away from it. Suzanne Collins did not present her readers with a happily ever after story where after accomplishing the goals set out in the novel Katniss catches the man she loves and lives out her life a happy utopian society. This is a novel with pages filled with horror, pain, death, sacrifice and situations I have no name for. This novel is genuine and believable but in a twisted way that had me gasping in horror, clutching the pages in suspense and angry at the author for writing such a emotionally charged novel. With that said Suzanne Collins delivered a novel with a beginning, middle and end that paid tribute to the main characters of the novel without diminishing the sacrifices they had made to bring about a worldwide revolution. However excellent I feel the book was, in the end it was a simple moment when a mangy cat with a name that does not reflect his disposition reduced me tears and had me unable to fall asleep as I replayed the book in my head. If you haven’t read this series yet I highly recommend you look into purchasing or borrowing a copy of The Hunger Games. This entire series is emotionally charged and it provides the reader with a fictional example of how to have hope when your situation seems hopeless, have courage despite being terrified and how to never give up even when you think you can no longer go on.
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Panem et Circenses Katniss has survived her two Hunger Games, and we were last left off with her being rescued by Plutarch and Haymitch along with Finnick and Beetee. Peeta, on the other hand, was taken by the Capitol with Johanna in tow and District 12 was left in ashes. When Katniss is taken to District 13, she meets President Coin, who tells her that she is to play the role of the Mockingjay; the face of the rebellion against the Capitol. With Peeta taken prisoner by President Snow, Katniss agrees to Coin’s plans, eager to save her friend. On the other hand, President Snow has his own plans up his sleeves. And no matter what kind of torture Katniss has conjured in her mind of what Peeta could be going through, she could never have guessed what was really happening to him. But Coin and Plutarch tell her to put her feelings for both Peeta and Gale aside as they form their rebellion. With District 12 destroyed, the survivors are now staying underground in District 13, plotting against the Capitol and slowly gaining the trust of the other Districts. Katniss does what she can to help, and when the opportunity arises to save Peeta and go after Snow, she will be making some very tough decisions that will cost many, irreversible consequences. I have been a fan of this series ever since I read the first book. I was always recommending them, talking about them, and rereading them whenever I got the chance. But this last book, the one that ended the trilogy, was not the best. Sure, it tied up a lot of loose strings, kept you reading as the twists unraveled, left you laughing and crying (I did more of the latter), and resolved most problems. But it seemed that the writing itself was off. I have always loved Collins ability to weave an intricate story with twists and turns at every corner that left you guessing, her way of showing the characters emotions always felt so real, and the story was always able to pull me to the very edge of my seat and sometimes have me falling off at those specific parts. But Mockingjay seemed….dare I say it? Dull. There were parts that left me a little bored of the story and wanting to take a break, and other parts where I wasn’t even completely sure what was going on in Katniss’ head. Sure, there were those twists and those turn of events that left me clawing at my seat and yelling, “Why? WHY?!?” but the story still seemed a bit lacking. Katniss was very…unstable, I guess, in this book. I mean, that’s very understandable considering what was happening around her, but she wasn’t the same girl we knew anymore. She was no longer the girl on fire who defied the Capitol and knew what was going on. It’s like she was a whole new person. Yes, that’s good. It means she grew up, she saw things that nobody should ever see in their lifetime. But I felt that this new Katniss completely changed the feel of the book and its story. And then there’s the ending. Wow. Yes, I saw some of the things coming, rejoiced at who she chose in the end, but I mean, what happened to…the other guy? (I’m not going to mention any names in case I spoil the story) I know he left, but I just wish Collins went a little deeper than that. Even mentioning him in the Epilogue would have been nice. Yes, the story was lacking, but I still think this is one of the best series ever written. Collins is a brilliant writer with so many ideas and isn’t afraid to kill off a couple of your favourite characters. Believe me when I say I’m still grieving for those fictional characters that will always be loved. If Collins had went even deeper into the story, going through Katniss’ feelings more instead of just skimming the surface of her suicidal thoughts, I think this book would have been the perfect ending to the trilogy. But since it was written and published as it is, it’s just an okay-I’ll-accept-it kind of ending. But all these thoughts aside, I love this series and I always will. Thank you, Collins, for the brilliant story, heartwarming characters, and three colourful matching books on my shelf that I adore.
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome...but could have been even more Let me start out by noting that I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games series. I read all 3 books on the days they came out. I am thankful for this series as these books have been a highlight of my summer reading for the past few years. The Hunger Games (book 1) pulled me in right from the beginning due to the plot and writing style. Catching Fire was then full of action and suspense and Collins finishes it with you craving more. It was a brilliant place to leave off and start Mockingjay. Just like the other two books, Mockingjay pulls you in right from the first page, however, I found parts not so interesting are dragged on, and parts that I want to hear more about are rushed so quickly that sometimes I become confused. There was so much more that I wanted to hear about as I have followed this series for the past 3 years, but it all ended too quickly and with not enough closure. I would have loved it if the last 100 pages was spread out over 200 pages instead. It felt like Collins had a page limit she had to meet. All three books deal with the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale. The first two books play up the love triangle so much and I was so excited to read Mockingjay as it was going to wrap it up once and for all...but I feel like it was almost forgotten and then just skimmed over at the very end. On another note, I still really did enjoy Mockingjay. Collins still threw in twists that caught me off guard and left me turning the page for more. This series is still my favourite series and I will never stop recommending it to anyone who is looking for a good read.
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard not to like While I admit I wasn't a fan of the ending, and a certain character I really wanted to see is cut off without an explanation (or a fight), I thoroughly enjoyed everything else. I was turning pages furiously to see what would happen next, and something always did. Sometimes it was satisfying, sometimes, incredibly sad, but it kept me hooked throughout, and that's what matters most to me in a great book, and this ending to an amazing series didn't disappoint me. I'd recommend it over and over.
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Torn Collins is an excellent author in the way that she is able to evoke the emotions her characters are dealing with from her readers. The entire series has been a rollercoaster of emotion with myself as a passenger. You really begin to feel for the characters she has created. While I would still recommend the series to anyone and everyone, this last book as left me a little restless (if that's even the right word to describe how I feel). While I am glad that the ending wasn't entirely predictable and sugarcoated with happiness, it still felt unnatural and forced. Anyone who has read the book would probably agree that a certain relationship was left with zero closure which to me is unbelievable given the importance of the relationship to the characters in question. I guess the best analogy I can give for this book is a 2000 word essay with a strong lead in and body but a very weak ending because the writer realizes he only has 100 words to complete his work.
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting I enjoyed the book until we hit the half way mark and then I almost got bored. The first two parts were excellent and i couldn't but the book down. Coming to the third part it was tragic, sad, and some of it seemed completely pointless. I think the author must have put all the characters names in a hat and drew them at random to decide who would be the next group or person to die off. I also never realised how weak katniss really was until this book. Lots of self pity, heart break, self inflicted pain, suicidal thoughts and depression. Honestly the realisation that she loved peeta I thought would be a little more grandios but oh well. All in all I was disapointed with Mockingjay, I wouldn't recommend reading this specific book but I would recommend the series (if that makes any sense).
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing and Depressing! I too loved the first two books but found that this final book was a disappointment. I was just waiting for something good to happen to any of the great characters in this series. There was such a great potential for this epic love story to finally come to fruition in this book but instead it was wrapped up lazily in a line or two. I wanted the love story to finish as it began, with careful detail and heart, but instead the three main characters seemed so out of touch with each other. There was lots of action that did keep me turning the pages but I kept hoping things would get better, and instead it just went further downhill.
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from HORRIBLE! i has a HUGE fan og the hunger games and catching fire, i read them both like 7 times and i was counting down the days for this book. i just finished reading it and it ruined the hole series for me. most of the book good but the ending was so bad i could not believe they would publish it. i think that she should write like an alternate part 3 because the one she was is just horrible. i feel like ripping out the last few chapters and just rewriting them myself because even though i am not a writer anything i do will defiantly be better then that ending. it was a huge disappointment and now the series that was by far my favourite is now my most hated. i wish i never read it and just stopped at catching fire, i would rather not know what happens after.
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't meet expectations The first two books were amazing. I found that they had the perfect balance between romance and action. My expectations for mockingjay was to follow suit to the other books. Romance and action. However, this book seemed to replace most of it's romance scenes with woeful self-pitying. The entire series is dark, however this one seems to take the cake (devil's food cake that is). I found that the other books themes were the corruption of government and self preservation, but this book was all about human greed and the corruption of the human self. I guess I was expecting more love in the plot line, but ignoring that, the book was very very good. Though it was not what I expected, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dissapointed.... I was so excited to read Mockingjay so maybe my expectations were too high. I found myself skipping through some of the pages and just wanting the story to hurry up and end. The book just didn’t have the same spark and quality as the other two but it was nice to finally see the story finish. Overall, it was still ok.
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fire is catching.(No Spoliers) When I got to work today and had to unpack our copies to put on the sales floor I could not wait for my shift to end so I could go home and devour mockingjay. As everyone else has said, yes the book is sad, but I also feel that it had to be. I feel that both books have lead up to this book and I really couldn't see the series going out in anyway but falmes. The real difference in Mockingjay is the feeling, the first two books take place in the arena where Katniss is always playing her part. In Mockingjay we get to see the real, raw, Katniss. The book is filled with twists and turns that kept me wanting more, the full focus was on the rebellion and not on the romance as in the first two books. Mockingjay says to me how good of an author Suzanne Collins is, she can bring so much emotion to her books, I for one really felt for the characters in Mockingjay. S Collins keep them coming please! The hunger games trilogy is most certainly one that belongs in your collection.
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! Just finished the book. Still filling raw with emotions. Not what I was expecting but I think if the author had written it the way I wanted or expected the book would not have been so gripping.
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from High Hopes But Disappointed (Still A Must-Read) I absolutely LOVED the first two books of the series, and they would make my top 20 books any day. This morning I was literally bouncing up and down with joy when I purchased Mockingjay, the final book of the Hunger Game trilogy. I was pretty positive that this would be the best book in the series. Sadly, I was mistaken. Mockingjay's theme, I felt, was darker than the other books, with less 'lovey dovey' and more, well.. death (Of course there was death in the other books, but it was just more "different"....if that even makes sense at all :p). Throughout the book I was constantly hoping that things would turn around or even take a different direction. Personally I felt that the author had some unnecessary deaths, and from my point of veiw it seemed like Collins was just hacking off characters whenever she felt like it at some moments. Unlike the previous novels in the series, Katniss was more often portrade as more of a weaker character in some scenes which displeased me. That being said, as soon as possible, you need to purchase this book and read it for yourselves. I'm sure others will enjoy this book much more than I did, and have a totally different opinion too! Overall I enjoyed this book, however I just feel that it should have gone a bit differently! The book was definitely not predictable, which was great, and it gave a fairly satisfying end to the series.Hopefully Collins continues writing books like these, and I look forward to her next series :)
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ... I bought this book today, and finished it also. It was not what I expected. It was amazing, but not want I was expecting. It is kind of like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because things happen that you wish did not, but you know they had to happen for the story to be realistic and true. The book sums up the series nicely, but i feel sad that it is over. It was good, just kind of sad.
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Wait! I'd do anything just to read this book earlier. The series is almost more addicting as ice cream ;D
Date published: 2010-07-16

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Mockingjay: The Final Book of the Hunger Games (Library Edition): The Final Book of the Hunger…

by Suzanne Collins

Format: Reinforced Library Binding

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.55 × 5.83 × 1.29 in

Published: September 1, 2010

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545310601

ISBN - 13: 9780545310604

About the Book

The Capitol is angry that Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice, stirring unrest by having defied the rules, and President Snow has made it clear that she, her family and friends, and the people of District 13 may all be held accountable.

From the Publisher

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she''s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she''s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what''s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss''s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.

Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins''s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

About the Author

Suzanne Collins is the author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series, which has more than one million books in print and is available in seven foreign editions. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Also a successful writer for children''s television, Collins lives with her family in Connecticut. Visit her at www.suzannecollinsbooks.com.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Mockingjay:

#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Children''s Book of 2010
A New York Times Book Review Editors'' Choice
A 2010 Booklist Editors'' Choice
A 2010 Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller


"Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire." — Entertainment Weekly
"Suspenseful... Collins'' fans, grown-ups included, will race to the end." — USA Today
"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
"This concluding volume in Collins''s Hunger Games trilogy accomplishes a rare feat, the last installment being the best yet, a beautifully orchestrated and intelligent novel that succeeds on every level." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Appropriate for ages: 12

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