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"Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire." --Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he 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." --The 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." --The LA Times
"Suspenseful... Collins' fans, grown-ups included, will race to the end." --USA Today
*"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
“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." --The 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." --The 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
“Suspenseful... Collins' fans, grown-ups included, will race to the end." --USA Today
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I also heard a few people express disappointment in the conclusion of the Katniss/Peeta storyline. I've read people's reviews taking issue with how Katniss and Peeta are represented at the end of Mockingjay, asking "Where's the passion?" Passion? Are they insane? First of all, the story is told in first person by a character who is admittedly not at all comfortable being demonstrative and doesn't respond well to those who are. There was never going to be a hearts/candy/flowers declaration happening here. Peeta has a borderline obssessive love for Katniss throughout most of the trilogy. The way I read the story, by the end of the first Hunger Games, she returns the feeling. Though hesitant to think why she does the things she does, or to state it aloud, she expresses it in so many different ways throughout the remainder of the trilogy, there really is no doubt. Despite the fact that she is suffering major PTSD, she agrees to take on the stress of being the symbol of revolution and take a front line role to bring him back. Regardless of the amount of trauma they both endure, they still eventually turn back to each other. Gale was a strong character, but he had not gone through what Katniss did in the arena and would never have been able to understand that part of her. The time she spends clinging to him and avoiding Peeta is essentially an attempt to return to the person she was before the games (which was never going to happen). Peeta was the walking, living, breathing reminder of the trauma endured. I thought it telling that Peeta returned to Region 12. Like Gale, he could have gone anywhere when it was all over, yet he went where Katniss was. Really, Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch needed each other to become human again (or as human as they were ever going to be). Katniss reminded me of uncles I had who, when they returned from war, sat in a darkened room, staring at a wall day after day for over a year before they could handle being amongst the living again.
I'll admit part of me would have liked President Snow's demise to be more than it was. Considering the amount of suffering he caused, part of me is bloodthirsty enough to have wanted him to suffer a great deal more. There are also characters I would have liked to survive (Finnick, Cinna, and Prim to name a few), but their deaths helped to illustrate the randomness and unfairness of death in wartime.
There are parts of this story we'll never get to see because it is told from Katniss' point of view. We see only what she sees and know only what she thinks is going on. I, for one, would be interested in knowing more about events of the story from Peeta and/or Haymitch's point of view. Peeta's fight back from his memory hijacking would be an intriguing read.
Ultimately, I found this book engaging, infuriating, exhausting, and funny all at the same time. To have had Katniss serene and sweetly declaring life to be sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows would have been absurd. She is with a husband (partner?) whom she loves and is utterly devoted to. She has two children she loves, but is worried what they will think when they know the role their parents played in the past. She and Peeta are happy, but remain somewhat haunted which is perfectly realistic for what the characters have gone through.
I had little to no expectations when I first started reading the Hunger Games Trilogy. If a book is trending and seems interesting, I will add it to my “to read” list. This is how I first started reading Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. After finishing Mockingjay, I was blown away. All I could think was, how many of the YA readers will understand the nuances of Collins’ message?
She hooked you in with the “will she or won’t she” scenario. “Will she or won’t she” pick Peeta or Gale? “Will she or won’t she” survive a game that does not allow for love to shine through? Those questions get you through the first book, and possibly half way through the second book, but those same questions are a moot point with Mockingjay.
Mockingjay stripped you of your hopeless romantic naiveté. There is no room for romance when the world is collapsing around you. There is barely room to breathe. There are no good guys or bad guys, only survivors. Mockingjay asks difficult moral questions: can man ever hold seats of power without corruption? Can war ever actually solve a dispute? At what price is man willing to pay for absolute power?
I won’t even go into Collins’ varied symbolisms. Part of the pleasure of reading is finding them yourselves and asking yourself what the author is telling you, the reader. It becomes a communication between the author and the reader. It makes the novel Mockingjay even more important because it is written for younger readers, our future, those that will decide the world events of tomorrow. Collins does all this without a lecture, without loosing her characters or her plot, she has crafted an incredibly well written story that I would gladly recommend to anyone who asks.
After I finished reading Mockingjay I had the same feeling as I had when I finished reading The Lord of the Flies so many years ago. Yes, I am comparing Mockingjay to a classic. There is no way around it. Mockingjay, like Lord of the Flies, asks you deep moralistic questions through the point of view of young characters. This is simply another great novel that makes you go hmmm.
My favorite quotes from Mockingjay:
“Frankly, our ancestors don’t seem much to brag about. I mean, look at the state they left us in, with the wars and the broken planet. Clearly, they didn’t care about what would happen to the people who came after them.”
“It’s a saying from thousands of years ago, written in a language called Latin about a place called Rome,” he explains. “Panem et Circuses translates into ‘Bread and Circuses’. The writer was saying in return for full bellies and entertainment, his people had given up their political responsibilities and therefore their power.”
“Something is significantly wrong with a creature that sacrifices its children’s lives to settle its differences.”
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I have read the hell out of these books in the past week - all three of them. It's a tremendously satisfying series of books and every single one of them was hugely enjoyable. However, the last book suffers (a little) from several issues. The first is that it just doesn't feel as coherent as the first two - without the driving force of the Games themselves, it has to be a very different book and the characters don't feel quite so credible to me. The second is that the ending seems to undermine most of the central messages I took from the book. It just doesn't gel - it's a jarring misstep to my sensibilities. The third is that the horror of the central plot-line loses a lot of its impact with the half-hearted way in which events are described. Certain characters, I feel, deserved better in their final send-offs.
Don't get me wrong - it's still an intensely good book, and a reasonably good cap-stone to a tremendous trilogy. It doesn't take away from how good the first two books are, and it stands up well as a book in and of its own rights. It's just I came away from it feeling a little colder than I think I would have if some other paths had been taken.
Shaming as well as shameful: To date, I wonder how many children have been sacrificed in wars around our world? How many countless children suffer near starvation on this planet, when half the world throw tons upon tons of food into the garbage? How trivial is our obsession with appearance: plastic surgery, boob jobs; whilst thousands upon thousands of children don't even have clean water to drink.
If you think Ms. Collins has written a thrilling dystopian novel, you're right, she has. Now read it again: the message is Loud and Clear:
'Because something is significantly wrong with a creature that sacrifices its children's lives to settle its differences.' And she's not talking about the Capitol.
He looks down at his legs as if noticing his outfit for the first time. Then he whips off his hospital gown leaving him in just his underwear. “Why? Do you find this” — he strikes a ridiculously provocative pose — “distracting?”
I laugh. Boggs looks embarrassed and Finnick looks more like the guy I met at the Quarter Quell”
― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
The third book in the hunger games trilogy is much better than the second, I was quite relieved! Unlike the second where I had a sense of dejavu this was back to its original uniqueness (yes, I have decided that is a word).
“You’re still trying to protect me. Real or not real,” he whispers.
“Real,” I answer. “Because that’s what you and I do, protect each other.”
― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
We carry on in this book where the second left off. Peeta is still being held in the capitol and everyone else it still in district 13. There is a lot of action some quite gruesome deaths ,some of which are of a couple of quite beloved characters. I have to admit you start to loose the will to live along with Katniss when reading this book!
“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.”
― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
Mockigjay was a book I didn’t want to put down as I was desperate to see who got to the end. The ending is good, not corny, which I was worried it would be. It is defiantly worth getting through catching fire to read this book. I give it four out of five stars.
“I clench his hands to the point of pain. “Stay with me.”
His pupils contract to pinpoints, dialate again rapidly, and then return to something resembling normalcy. “Always,” he murmurs.”
― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
After the destruction of District 12, and her escape from the clock arena, Katniss Everdeen is living in District 13, which was, until recently, believed to have been destroyed by The Capitol's bombs 75 years ago.
The country of Panem is in a state of war, The Capitol versus the rebels in the districts- everyone is fighting for their side. And Katniss has the most important role of all- she is the Mockingjay, the spark that caused the inferno and the face of the rebellion.
But she's on dangerous ground- to challenge the Capitol means to lose everything, and Katniss must be prepared to sacrifice everything she has.
In this third and final installation of 'The Hunger Games', Katniss is quite a different character than she has previously appeared. The traumas she has faced have led to her mental disorientation and this is clearly reflected in the way she thinks, speaks and behaves. She regards many characters with an anger and hatred that is wholly unjustified most of the time, and she is constantly changing her mind about things, disobeying orders and doing things she knows she shouldn't. And when I say 'constantly', I literally mean ALL THE TIME. This would probably bother quite a lot of people, but personally, I didn't really mind. In fact, I would go as far as to say it was quite interested to go into the mind of someone who was so confused and mixed-up, and follow their thought processes regarding many difficult situations. Sure, occasionally, I found myself getting a little annoyed at her, but perhaps the very fact that the book provoked such emotion in me could be considered a good thing. Besides, it makes Katniss seem so much more REAL all of a sudden.
The same goes for Peeta, actually. Well, he doesn't feature much in the first half of the book, only in passing, but in the second half...well, let's just say he is no longer the caring boy with the bread we all know and love. But to read about the mental and physical effects of torture and utter mental breakdown-it's emotional and interesting and heartbreaking. Quite unlike anything I've ever read before.
There was an entire regiment of new characters introduced in this book- Boggs, Cressida, Pollux and Paylor to name but a handful. I loved them all, even the cold, slightly sinister President Coin- I think she was a very unique and realistic character.
And that's just the point, the big reason why 'Mockingjay' is such a big success, why it is so brilliant- it's real. Many books I've read have had sweet little candy-coated endings, where everyone's a winner and every single character lives happily ever after. But Suzanne Collins does not do this. In fact, many readers dislike 'Mockingjay' because of its unconventional ending. But actually, it makes me like it more. There is war and death and violence and tragedy. Of course, there are the happier moments, but just enough sprinkled here and there throughout the story for it not to overpower the seriousness of the war theme.
Obviously, 'Mockingjay' is far from perfect. It feels like there is a lot of fighting and battle crammed into one novel. There is little to break the monotony of Katniss' battle with The Capitol. Unlike the previous two books, the whole book follows the same theme and setting, rather than being spread out in different places. This can make the book drag a little at times. When Katniss finally reaches The Capitol, the plot really picks up, but it's kind of slow up until that point.
This is alongside the fact that, while interesting, Katniss' mental disorientated self is a pretty dislikeable character. I found her difficult to identify with- something I hadn't had trouble with at all in the other books.
So, although a very good book, and one I enjoyed a lot more the third time round, still my least favourite of the trilogy. I'd rate it...
7.5 stars out of 10
However despite all these things, the readers relationships with all the characters are good still and you cant help feeling sorry for Katniss and Peeta at times and Gale and Haymitch for that matter either. Please read this book, it is well worth it and you will like it.
About three quarters of the way through things start to move up a gear and my interest increased and I started to turn the pages in the same way that I had with the previous books. The book became gripping and action packed only to be let down by possibly the most disappointing ending I have read for sometime. The whole series of books were all pointing towards these questions:
1.Who will win Katniss' love? Gale or Peeta?
2. What will become of President Snow?
3. What will happen to the districts?
4. What does the future hold for Katniss?
The answers to these questions are hurridly answered in a few paragrahs as if the author had an iminent deadline and needed to finish the story as soon as possible. Rushed with little thought for what the reader wanted or expected and the outcome kind of goes against everything we had learnt of Katniss through the trilogy.
Such a great trilogy of books with a disappointingly abrupt ending - Shame!
I am glad I read them and have seen the first two films, I recommend these to anyone who likes adventure, and action, the fight scenes are inevitable and you read them and are suddenly finished moving on to the next part, the books all three are entertaining I could not stop reading into the very early hours. You'll be surprised how hooked you become and still want more, so very well written and the stories woven together in a way that keeps you in suspense. Fantastic well deserves the 5 stars. Maisie
I loved that the film followed the plot of the first book so closely. It took me just two days to read all three books. They are amongst the best stories I have ever read. They were harrowing, thought provoking, tragic, exciting, touching and with a little romance and a tiny touch of humour. The story is extremely dark and post apocalyptic but is so worth reading.
I felt everything Kat felt and cried quite a lot. The writing was wonderful and swept you along. The story had hints of Ancient Rome in the barbaric way the people, outside of the Capitol, were treated.
I did foresee the shock in the final confrontation part towards the end: Conversely, I had no idea for most of the trilogy with whom Katmiss would end up, if anyone.
I do find it hard to understand that it is acceptable for young adults to read about that level of violence and torture to children but heaven forbid that sex should be anything more than alluded to. Ms Collins also seemed to have a penchant for killing off some characters without, to me, any logical reason.
Despite these concerns this is a wonderful story which I will re-read at some point - but not too soon as I need to recover from the first reading. It was that good!
A highly recommended trilogy.
It addresses many adult themes, loyalty, revenge, love, duty, and particularly, responsibilty to others.
In the latter, KATNISS EVERDEEN, suffers many hours of heart searching. Feelings of guilt - of having let others down, having been indirectly responsible for their death - which often form a central focus to her character, and which dog her right through to the end of the book. Which, I have to say, was poignant and totally appropriate, for what had come before.
Katreesh, is one of the most unique characters in any sci-fi, fantasty or modern day fiction. Unique, in that she no way expresses any wish, other than to survive THE GAMES, for herself, friends and family. She is not looking to be a hero. And there are moments when in times of severe stress and battle trauma, she looks longingly to a place of comfort and is torn between a decision to linger, or to go on.
I found the politics and mind games, which dominate the Capitol, and surrounding areas, to be plausible (in most cases anyway) and although ramped up in the novel, not too dis-similar to which we may encountner in our everyday work lives.
To sum up, a thank you to Suzanne Collins, and to all Young Adult readers, and the bookstore, for making this book available to this `old un` He thoroughly enjoyed it.
I think Mockingjay is a book that starts well, with the aftermath of the Quarter Quell being the main focus, alongside the discovery of District 13. I really enjoyed learning about 13's underground labyrinth and its regimented schedule, and the introduction of such characters as Coin and Cressida provides a welcome addition to the Hunger Games' narrative. However, I feel the book loses steam when Katniss and the crew make their way to the Capitol. I didn't understand the pods and holo section - in which we lose Finnick for no particular reason - and feel it could have been clearer to follow. The death of Prim was really sad, and although it's more realistic for Katniss to be traumatised, I would have preferred a bit of that fighting spirit we've come to love from her character. The death of Snow and the assassination of Coin felt very rushed, and Gale ends up in a 'fancy job' in District 2 without the longed-for reunion I wanted between him and Katniss. I thought the epilogue was poignant, as Katniss is a former shadow of the 'girl on fire' who started a rebellion in the Capitol.
As a whole, I've thoroughly enjoyed this series and I'm sad it's all over - at least the final two film adaptations are on their way!
There were some main characters in the book whose stories weren't 'finished' - leaving me wanting more. That is not a criticism as I think I would have thought less of the book if it was too tidy at the end. However the ending of the book did seem rushed and it was disappointing on a number of levels - the relationship between Catniss and a number of the other main characters was not resolved and it left me wondering what happened to them. Conversely, her relationship with the man she married was not covered - it was just too quick at the end: Epilogue - yes they got together and lived happily ever after - but how/what happened along the way - and what did other characters think about it. It left me a bit wanting really because it wasn't a romance but suddenly became one at the end. And the complexity of other relationships means that other people should habe been involved, but were hardly mentioned.
I suppose the nature of the subject matter has to mean it is left in the air - who knows what future humanity faces let alone individual characters - but I didn't really like the epilogue and it seemed like plenty of time was spent on the book and very little on the epilogue - it could almost have been written by a different person as it jarred with the rest of the storyline.
One newspaper critic quoted on the cover of the book praises the plot and the pace. Not satisfied that the power of Suzanne Collins storytelling lies solely in the story structure, I plunged back into the book a second time, furiously making notes to avoid being carried away again. I wanted to explore her use of words and sentences. There's no way you can watch out for such things when fully immersed in the story. And that's our clue. The words and sentences don't get in the way of the flow of the story. Nothing fancy or outlandish in her choice of words or the turn of her sentences. She uses sentences of varying lengths but frequently cuts them up into shorter sentences, accelerating the rhythm. Rather like the sparing use of food in war-stricken District Thirteen, Suzanne Collins tolerates no digressions or wordiness. A reference to a past event is dismissed in one sentence. Nothing must get in the way of the flow. Personal thoughts and feelings emerge between two sentences, adding to the story. And we move on. Inexorably to the end.
Another cover snippet sees the book as thought provoking. It is indeed. Terribly so. But the continual immersion in the story leaves us as readers no place to voice emotions. No distance to think. We have no choice but to take part. The story is! And we are part of it. Only when we step outside and look back can we reflect on what is happening. This might explain why, as reader, I felt I had been taken on a ride against my will. But Suzanne Collins is careful not to alienate the reader. Even when incendiary bombs slaughter innocent children as a key twist to the plot, we shudder with the emotions but can only move forward with the story. The story is all. And we as readers give it life with our emotions.
(Credit to Frederic Kaplan for the idea of reading as immersion)
Originally published on Secret Paths: http://about-books.secret-paths.com/?p=46
Suzanne Collins has created the ultimate TV reality show and included a scenario of a dystopian, post-civil war America ('Panem' in the book),worthy of the best sci-fi authors. Her characters are well-drawn and plausible, made more tragic/sympathetic by being teenagers forced into providing for their families by a government system akin to the worst of communist regimes: each District has to send two Tributes to the Capitol (safely tucked away in what used to be the Rockies), where they all have to fight each other to the death in an arena, with everything televised for the entertainment of the population - but specifically the pampered, vain residents of Capitol. It's not a Hollywood ending, but it is realistic given the plot. I loved it; something imaginative to follow Harry Potter, with adventures to match Tolkien's - though set in a recognisable era. I had only one problem with this book: we watched 'The Hunger Games' on DVD soon after I finished it, so my storylines were a little mingled, but that's my fault.
Clearly, as a trilogy, it's a good idea to read them in sequence. Sadly, that looks as though there all there is/will be.
The whole trilogy is well worth reading. It's far from being kids' literature; some of it is really more a rather dark political satire to my mind.
This is a book which has been written to show how pointless war is and how all sides play the other. Who is the energy and who the hero? It is hard to tell at the end of the book This is written in a way that leaves you questioning not just war in this fantasy land of Panem but also war in any land.
Throughout the book this shows the manipulation that all sides use to win a war. A naive young girl is fully transported to see the world clearly, well at least her version of the world. The beauty of character such as Katness Evergreen is not just that she is flawed, but that she also see's her own imperfections and deals with them herself throughout the book.
Nothing I write here will do this book justice. It is one that simply has to be experienced by the reader themselves. It is with a sense of regret I have to move onto my next read. I know that for sometime, nothing will measure up to the pure wonder that was The Hunger Games Trilogy.