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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3) (edition 2010)

by Suzanne Collins

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Title:Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3)
Authors:Suzanne Collins
Info:Scholastic Press (2010), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 400 pages
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Audio read by Carolyn McCormick

Book 3 in the Hunger Games Trilogy. It’s war with the Capitol and it seems that there has been a long-held and carefully planned revolt that everyone seems to have been involved in – EXCEPT Katniss, of course. Now she must figure out whom to trust and how to save those closest to her. Can she set aside her personal plans to lead the revolt, to become the people’s Mockingjay?

I’m not a great fan of dystopian / post-apocalyptic novels in general, and have only tolerated this series. I’m glad that Collins chose to make the central figure a strong female, but in this episode, I find Katniss a bit whiny at times.

As for the plot … well, it seems to me written for the big screen (and, yes, I know there is a hugely successful movie franchise of this series). Just doesn’t float my boat.

Carolyn McCormick does a fine job narrating the audio. She sets a good pace (helped, no doubt, by the way Collins writes the book), and I really like the voice she gives Katniss. 4**** for her performance. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jul 14, 2019 |
I've not quite finished this book yet, I'm a little more than halfway, but I don't think my rating will change. I almost considered giving this a three star rating, but did end up going with the four because despite some flaws, I'm still really enjoying the book and don't mind them as much as I probably should. Katniss spends way too much time sedated because she's incapable of dealing with her emotions for my taste, or hospitalized, and the whole Peeta vs Gale thing is as stale as bread in the Seam, but the saving grace of this book for me is that Ms. Collins came up with a fresh idea for having her character involved with a war: she's not the leader of the battles. She hardly ever fights in the majority of the book I've read so far. She's not some brilliant war general by chance; she's a figurehead. A decoration. A symbol. In most other books, she'd have been right in the thick of it, being this wonderful warrior, but not here. It's refreshing. ( )
  Chazlyn | Jun 30, 2019 |
I thought this was an excellent ending to a very good series. There are a few surprises here, especially when it comes to who dies. Some were expected, some very sad, and others completely out of the blue. My only problem with it is the ending itself. It seemed to end rather abruptly. I feel like it could have used about 60-80 more pages to flesh things out more.

Despite that, I'm very glad that I was talked into reading this series. I would highly recommend it to anyone. ( )
  jrg1316 | Jun 20, 2019 |
Final Chapter in the Hunger Games, I did not want to put it down. Katniss gets hurt over and over, both physically and emotionally. As I was reading I often wonder how she was going to survive and go on and yet she always digs deep and fights her way through.
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  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
I just loved this book. I picked it up this afternoon, and by this evening I was done. I just did not want to stop reading, and it has been a long time since a book made me feel this way. I thought the story would make me feel too sad, but maybe I have been hardened by the horrors of Panem, because I didn't cry like I thought I would. The ending was satisfying and a good resolution to the series. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 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.
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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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MY NAME IS KATNISS EVERDEEN.
WHY AM I NOT DEAD?
I SHOULD BE DEAD.


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.
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Book one was so good
My appetite waned by two
By three, not hungry

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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. A revolution is unfolding, and it is up to Katniss to accept responsibility for countless lives and to change the course of the future of Panem.… (more)

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