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Mockingjay: The Hunger Games, Book 3 (edition 2019)

by Suzanne Collins (Author)

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Having survived the Hunger Games twice before, Katniss Everdeen is lucky to be alive. However, she is far from safe. With the Capitol and President Snow blaming her for the strife plaguing District 12, Katniss must sacrifice herself to protect her loved ones.
Title:Mockingjay: The Hunger Games, Book 3
Authors:Suzanne Collins (Author)
Info:Scholastic Audio (2019)
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One word sums this book up, Boring. Collins must have used up all of her creativity in her first two books leaving nothing for the third and final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy. This third book is about the war between District 13 and the Capitol using our current standard warfare weapons and strategy-yawn. If I had wanted to read a book about war there are plenty out there that are far better than this one. She does a lot of rehashing of the first two books, which also indicates she couldn’t come up with much new material.

Katniss never matures or grows as a character but is in a perpetual state of confusion of whether she is being used as a pawn by District 13, and whether she is in love with Peeta or Gale. Honestly, about a quarter of the way through I couldn’t care less about either. I had a hard time even finishing the book but felt I had to since it was the last in the trilogy that had up to that point been very good. Guess I was hoping it would get better; it didn’t.

Collins seems to have also fallen into the same trap as Philip Pullman, the first two books of His Dark Materials series were inspired and lively; the last didactic and boring. While I understand both of these authors have a philosophical point of view they want to convey Pullman’s being about religion and Collins about politics and war, why did creativity and a good story have to be sacrificed in the process?

Luckily I listened to this on audio and Carolyn McCormick’s reading of it is the only thing this book has to recommend it.
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  tshrope | Jan 13, 2020 |
I found the ending a little bit disappointing ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
Exhausting... ( )
  WabisabiGio | Dec 16, 2019 |
I'm still deciding my feelings on this one. I'm happy with the resolution, and I've known that my whole opinion of the series would hinge on it. I didn't reread the others first, and I wish I had.

It's really very tragic in the end, isn't it? Human being are destined to fight for power and control and kill each other until there's nothing left. There is no hope that anything will be different in this new regime.

I'd like to reread some Oz books and see if any comparisons can be made between the Districts and the lands there. Each has a unique structure and purpose, and, perhaps, downfall?

Someday I will revisit the series as a whole and come to more coherent observations. ( )
  amandabock | Dec 10, 2019 |

Spoilers!!!! Beware!!!!

I pre-ordered Mockingjay a long time before it was actually released, and a friend of mine, who also wanted to read it straight after it hit the shelves, was disappointed as all copies in our city has been reserved and new books took weeks to arrive.

I think this shows just how much we all were looking forward to the release of Mockingjay. I struggled a bit with the same things as with Catching Fire, how is Suzanne Collins going to keep things interesting. But I was far too curious to let that stop me from buying this book.

For me, this book felt completely different from the first two novels. I think that the arenas were good structures that these books needed. Without it felt somewhat weird. Where the terror from the capital is first mainly invisible (at least for the people of the capital), it ends with destroying the capital itself.

All my favourite character's don't make it to the end of this book. I hate it when everybody lives, because then I don't feel like there is any suspense left (if you already know no one will die), but it seemed almost targeted to kill just the people I liked best.

I know that a lot of people had a problem with Prim dying, and of course I wasn't happy for her dead, but from the story-viewpoint it made sense to me. It was as if - no matter who would win in the end - everything Katniss did was in vain, because she only ever entered the Hunger Games to save her little sister.

I have a problem with the execution-scene though. Katniss decides to shoot the president of district 13 and leader of the rebellion after a nice little chat with President Snow (who is such a loveable chap, I would definitely trust him?! :S ). And then, President Snow laughs himself to death?! O, Come on! ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
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Collins is absolutely ruthless in her depictions of war in all its cruelty, violence, and loss, leaving readers, in turn, repulsed, shocked, grieving and, finally, hopeful for the characters they've grown to empathize with and love. Mockingjay is a fitting end to the series that began with The Hunger Games (2008) and Catching Fire (2009) and will have the same lasting resonance as William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Stephen King's The Stand. However, the book is not a stand-alone; readers do need to be familiar with the first two titles in order to appreciate the events and characters in this one.
The series ends on an ostensibly happy note, but the heartbreaking effects of war and loss aren't sugar-coated. This is one YA novel that will leave you thinking about the ramifications of war on society, not just the coming-of-age of a young woman.
All in all, Mockingjay confirms what we've suspected already — The Hunger Games isn't just a powerful saga about a unique, memorable hero struggling to do the right thing in the public gaze. It's also an important work of science fiction that everyone should read, because if you don't, you'll be left out of all the best conversations.
The novel's biggest surprises are found elsewhere. Hope emerges from despair. Even in a dystopian future, there's a better future.
Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire.

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Collins, Suzanneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCormick, CarolynNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parisi, Elizabeth B.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ramírez Tello, PilarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I stare down at my shoes, watching as a fine layer of ash settles on the worn leather.
My arms rise slightly - as if recalling the black-and-white wings Cinna gave me - then come to rest at my sides. "I'm going to be the Mockingjay."
He understands I don't want anyone with me today. Not even him. Some walks you have to take alone.
And it takes too much energy to stay angry with someone who cries so much.
"No, I want you to rethink it and come up with the right opinion," I tell him.
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.
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Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans — except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the Mockingjay of the rebels — no matter what the personal cost.

 BL: 5.3 - AR Pts: 15.0
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Peeta, Katniss, Gale, The Hunger Games they had played. Now it's war they face.
In the aftermath
of the Quarter Quell, all have
to fight their demons.
Book one was so good
My appetite waned by two
By three, not hungry

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