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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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@mockingjay +catching_fire ( )
  Lorem | Sep 28, 2015 |
Katniss is a girl who is forced to enter the Hunger Games, is successful and returns home. Shes a strong, independent child who has aged considerably from caring for her family. She is in short, a heroine in the making.

The second book Katniss is a little more selfish, thinking only of herself when the announcement of the second hunger games is aired on television. She does put Peeta first, though and attempts to save him. The whole book is about her learning to love Peeta, and her love triangle of Peeta-Gale-Katniss.

In the final book, we see the fall of the Capitol, and the war resulting from all of the things Katniss has done during the games to undermine the President and the Capitol's strict control over the districts. She spends most of the book running around, half drugged, and feeling sorry for herself. She doesn't spend much time worrying about her family, whom she has spent so much time protecting, which seems unrealistic..but whatever.

Peeta and Katniss finally get together
Capitol falls, and the human race has the ability to grow into a peaceful society
Coin dies, she was a terrible addition to the story

Now for the rant:
Katniss shoots down hover planes with arrows. End of her involvement with the war.
They run all over the Capitol to find the president to kill him and she ends up burned badly and misses the WHOLE end of the war
Prim dies, seriously? She had such a minor role in the book, and is basically abandoned by the only person in the world she loves more than her mother..and then we kill her and her sister doesn't even seem to CARE?
Katniss undergoes PTS, which is fine, except she didn't really do anything the whole damn book but get high, whine, sleep, and prance in front of cameras. Peeta keeps it together better than her!
Peeta forgets he loves our heroine, but this is how Katniss realizes she never appreciated him. This would have been a fantastic part of the story to focus on, but instead we focus on Gale and his supposed unexpected harshness. We later see Katniss thinking he was always that way. Yes, he was, but the situation helped him along. Katniss also spent the whole time thinking of herself instead of what Gale experienced the WHOLE time she was in the arena.

Finally, president Snow dies and we don't care how? What the hell? Was it poison? I care very much, he was a lead character in the entire novel. Although, I realized half way through the book that he probably wasn't as evil as Katniss made him out to be. In the end, its Coin who is the evil one, and Snow who is merely immoral. Really, the plot became cliche after that.

I gave the book 1 star because so much is unanswered at the end: Snow's death, what happens to Katniss' mother after the loss of her youngest child, and how the hell Peeta suddenly got so mentally healthy.

Oh right. AND KATNISS DOESN'T EVEN LOVE PEETA IN THE END. She is a selfish woman at the end of the book. In reality, i doubt someone like Peeta would have stuck around for someone who "settles" for him because he's safe. Nor would a man like Gale have put up with her crap.

AND the last chapter just felt tacked on. Here's how all the loose ends tied up, but no details.

What a fantastic waste of a story that had such promise for a VERY memorable ending that would have made this series a classic.

Haymitch is right, Peeta deserved better. So did Gale, her family and the readers. ( )
  trigstarom | Sep 19, 2015 |
I am a terrible reviewer, but...

Everything I love about the series is amplified in Mockinjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. It successfully builds on the strengths of both books before it; The characters are still perfectly flawed, the relationships are complex, the action is not senseless, the story is neither predictable or outlandish and the author manages to strike a balance between being as brutal as the story calls for without being gruesome. The story ends in a very satisfying way — for me.

My favorite thing about the series is how it does not shy away from controversial topics such as war and children fighting to the death even though it is meant for young readers. Although there is a message to be had, the author does not preach or shove ideas down your throat; it does not feel like you’re reading the author’s personal commentary on the world.

Katniss Everdeen is one of my favorite heroines. She’s imperfect… heavily flawed, but in an identifiable way. She possesses a strength that she doesn’t necessarily see, but that is obvious to everyone else. She’s believable and likable, because so many young women are like that, they don’t see themselves objectively. The relationships between her and Peeta and her and Gale are complex. Both are vital for very different reasons and it’s not clear what role each will play in her life or where they will go. There are so many possible outcomes and so many threads, but they are woven together masterfully. Every character has a voice and a purpose, every action has a motive, every question has an answer.

Even if you’re not a fan of young adult fiction, there is a world created in The Hunger Games that is hard not to get lost in. ( )
  rawrrbot | Sep 15, 2015 |
A good story that most people will enjoy. I liked quite a few things about the world and characters that Suzanne Collins created, but the polish wasn't there. The character of Katniss just didn't allow me to connect with her, since she seemed so emotionally unattached. The world had some interesting combinations of technology and lack there of, but it wasn't polished enough to give you a grand scheme of a world that made any real sense.
Not great literature or storytelling, but still a good decent read. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Sep 6, 2015 |
I liked a lot the abundance of excitement and surprises..
I'm just not too satisfied with the ending.. it feels like it was ended in a rushed way..
But good book anyhow.. ( )
  smiley0905 | Sep 3, 2015 |
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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.
“Mockingjay” is not as impeccably plotted as “The Hunger Games,” but none­theless retains its fierce, chilly fascination. 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 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.

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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.

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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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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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