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by Suzanne Collins

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Series: The Hunger Games (3)

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Katniss Everdeen's having survived the Hunger games twice makes her a target of the Capitol and President Snow, as well as a hero to the rebels who will succeed only if Katniss is willing to put aside her personal feelings and serve as their pawn.
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I thought Mockingjay had a fitting and well-resolved ending. The thing that impressed me about the series was that despite reading the book jacket summaries and accidentally learning the major twist in Catching Fire, they still surprised me.

Perhaps because I'm not in the YA age category anymore, or maybe because we're over a year into the war in Ukraine, Katniss's character development felt real. I even wondered for a moment if Suzanne Collins had been in combat at some point. Certainly, she understands what it's like to have life throw your mind into a cocktail shaker and turn it into an ingredient in a sour drink.

To reviewers who have expressed rage at Katniss's being manipulated or not being a perfect invincible hero: her misjudgement of other people's motivations has been part of the character since the beginning of the trilogy. It's what makes the novels convincing. Katniss's trajectory in Mockingjay seems like a perfectly fitting continuation of that trait under the circumstances in the novel.

Collins's major strengths are character development and story, not gorgeous prose -- at least, not in these books. Don't expect the series to develop your SAT vocabulary, unless "repudiate" is still missing from your arsenal (no judgement; I had to ask my husband what it meant. English as a second language struggles, i guess?) Collins used "so" as an embellishment to her descriptors more frequently here than in the first two novels. That felt like a pointless word, making it as if Collins herself was an adolescent expressing her feelings to an older audience. Then again, this is written in the voice of a sixteen-year-old with a limited education. It didn't feel 'so' out of place. Perhaps even intentional.

I don't recommend this if you are hoping for a rosy ending with every character you love finding their personal paradise. And yet, I wouldn't say this was a sad ending to the series. I didn't shed a single tear, and i often shed a thousand at the end of a favorite read. ( )
  iothemoon | Sep 27, 2023 |
If I were rating this book by just the story, I'd give it 5 stars like I did the previous books in the series. But the gratuitous violence and death that I feared when I started reading the first book came in full force in this book. Much more death and much grislier deaths than necessary were spread throughout the latter portions of this book, but especially in part 3. And the pods, though of course they had already been in the first two books, but to a much smaller degree, reminded me a lot of the bizarre methods of attack in The Maze Runner series—over the top and completely unnecessary.

The story itself, including the ending, though, I liked. I can understand why some people didn't, but I totally got it. I always knew this wasn't going to end in rainbows and sunshine for Katniss after all the horrors she'd been through and the terrible things she'd been forced to do. Her PTSD would have to be more extreme than anything most of us can imagine, which is exactly what I saw in her in those last chapters. Add to that the fact that she still wasn't really free, and it's really no wonder she had no real fight left in her. I was still hooked, reading it as often as I could come back to it, which has not been as common for me in recent months, so that must say something.

I still think it's funny that I was adamant I'd never read this series, yet I ended up loving it. I haven't watched the movies yet...I suppose I will try to get to that soon. I am already looking forward to reading the series again though. ( )
  Kristi_D | Sep 22, 2023 |
8.5/10 ( )
  Law_Books600 | Sep 19, 2023 |
Well that left me utterly devastated. ( )
  KallieGrace | Sep 18, 2023 |
{SPOILERS KINDA} Well. So much for subtle subtext. In Mockingjay, Collins toys with hitting us over the head with the themes underlying the previous two volumes....but still, they are worthy themes and I couldn't stop reading until I got to the last word (so much for earlier bedtimes in the new year.) ( )
  Kim.Sasso | Aug 27, 2023 |
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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's having survived the Hunger games twice makes her a target of the Capitol and President Snow, as well as a hero to the rebels who will succeed only if Katniss is willing to put aside her personal feelings and serve as their pawn.

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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 rebels' Mockingjay—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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