Warning! Don't read if you plan to read book 2 and haven't yet. There's a few spoilers for those who've not read book 3 yet but not many. You've been warned, read at own risk. Otherwise, enjoy.
The Hunger Games Series has been a wonderful ride. Suzanne Collins has created a wonderful world of the ashes of the USA and North America. Panem is the country where you meet Katniss Everdeen from District 12 and are introduced. Then readers learn fully about the hunger games where a boy and girl from each district have to fight to the death on live television after being dropped off in a random place. But in MockingJay everything is turned upside down. District 12 is destroyed and Katniss finally sees and gains full knowledge of the once thought extinct District 13.
In this book we learn not only The Capitol has ways to defend and terrorise others from a far. But Katniss and others learn that D13 isn't everything as it seems. As the story unfolds there's death as well as triumph, happiness as well as sadness, comfort not without pain. Katniss agrees to be the symbol of the revolution but she soon learns that every revolution ends and sometimes so does it's symbol. Or at least, some people want that to happen (and not from the capitol). As she and other work to overthrow the capitol I myself can't help but think while this book is still mind blowing that Suzanne Collins put too much on her plate this time.
The first two novels had a particular point and specific places for the plot to unfold. Book 1 had Katniss taking her sister's place and going to the hunger games with Peeta. Both survive but know the Capitol will want vengeance. In Book 2 President Snow bares his 'fangs' and both have to go back for a Quarter Quell. Katniss breaks the shields and is lifted to D13. Others are saved, some get caught; including Peeta. It ends with Katniss realizing District 12 has been destroyed. Book three however starts with Katniss at D12, looking at the ash and remaining signs of destruction. It goes on to tell us about D13. The story is fine for a few chapters but soon takes us all over the place. Too much is introduced too soon and characters are dragged all over the place with at times frustrated reader in tow. This should've either been two parts or a bigger book. It's still a wonderful read but if you want clear cut, enjoy the first two as much as you can.
I give the story 4 stars, the trilogy 5 stars but this books delivery 3 1/2. Still a great read though. Buy it!
When The Hunger Games first debuted in 2008, I began to read it and I was stunned by the books excellent pacing, amusing characters and the amusing situation of throwing several people into an arena to see who comes out alive. It was, for the most part, a rather simple book. One that was dark, violent and mysterious but it never glorified the act of violence, nor were the more violent moments hard to swallow. For all intents and purposes, The Hunger Games was a fantastic book. … more
I was fully prepared to rave about 'Mockingjay,' the last book of the Hunger Games series. I was ready to love it as much as I did the first two, and to channel that love into words of high praise. So imagine my surprise when I finished the book and was left with an unexpected feeling: disappointment. I got a sense while reading the book that Suzanne Collins was making an attempt to create a big finish ending, which is another strange thing, because I felt like 'Mockingjay' … more
It's all back! The drama, the great characters, the relentless pacing and the delicious politics. It's all back with Suzanne Collin's "Mockingjay" -- the 3rd and finally installment in the "Hunger Games" trilogy. And for those of you who didn't get a chance to re-read the series, don't worry, Collins does a great job in the beginning chapters of firing things up again. She ignited my own sense of loss … more
Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire, the spark that started a revolution, once again finds her life in chaos. Rescued from the Quarter Quell and whisked to District 13 and the seat of the rebel cause, Katniss is expected to take up her role as the figurehead of the rebellion; as the Mockingjay so ready and willing to fight the Capitol. Peeta is captured. Probably dead–it would be best if he were dead. District 12 is gone. And Katniss finds she can no longer hide from the war she never meant … more
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins comes to a bloody end with Mockingjay, the series' final volumes. (I reviewed the first two volumes here and here.) The story takes place in North America, sometime in the future. A civil war between the Capitol and its thirteen districts resulted in the annihilation of District 13 and the imposition of the Hunger Games on the remaining twelve. For seventy-five years, each district has sent one girl and one boy between the … more
Never has a series touched me like The Hunger Games series. Every moment, every heart ache, every bit of dialogue is real. The characters reactions, moments of clarity, moments of insanity, pain, loss, love, hate, anger, hurt, even their drug induced stupors are real, real real. Parajunkee loved this book? Real. REVIEW: The culmination of Katniss' adventure comes to an end in the 3rd installment of The Hunger Games, Mockingjay. She has been pulled from … more
Katniss Everdeen has once again just barely escaped death in the arena, but this time her rescue is due to the rebels in District 13. Katniss should be happy that she has powerful allies that are willing to fight the Capitol, but it doesn't take long for her to realize that like the Capitol, District 13 is only interested in using her and making her the face of the rebellion, the Mockingjay. Katniss is sick of being someone's pawn, but the rebellion can't be won without her participation. The only … more
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Praise for the Hunger Games series: "Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power." -Time Magazine "Collins has joined J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer as a writer of children's books that adults are eager to read." -Bloomberg.com "Perfect pacing and electrifying world building." -Booklist, starred review "A humdinger of a cliffhanger will leave readers clamoring for volume three." -Kirkus reviews, starred review "Forget Edward or Jacob... readers will be picking sides- Peeta or Gale?" -Publishers Weekly, starred review "Leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment." -School Library Journal, starred review