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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


by Suzanne Collins

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Series: The Hunger Games (3)

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This review is for the whole series. I have no idea why I bothered with these books in the first place. Why did I finish them is the whole other matter that I can't find any logical explanation for. I guess I wanted an easy brainless listen for houseworkgym, there was a lot of fuss about them and I got curious. But that still doesn't explained why I finished them. I am getting a feeling that I may be a masochist...

It started as a bad rip off of Battle Royal but gradually got worse and worse, as it progressed into a tedious drivel of a self-centered annoying brat that for some unfathomable reason got two boys in love with her and can't decide between them. Katniss is a girl of contrasts. She constantly gets pissed of with people for lying to her, even though she does exactly the same thing to everyone she "cares about". She goes out of her way to say that she doesn't care about clothes/appearance, while at least half the book is devoted to description of her outfits. She alternates between states of helpless whining and kicking asses (both deserving and undeserving). All in all, logic does not seem to be her forte, nor that of the author... The narrator of the book may have been of the same mind as me, as her voice became extra whiny every time she went over Katniss's dialogue.

The question remains, why do I do this to myself? ( )
  Firewild | Jan 3, 2019 |
Wanting to keep his girlfriend safe at all costs makes Peeta a hero in “Catching Fire”, and a villain in “Mockingjay”.


I know it sounds like jealousy to talk about one of the greats, but this is a much better war novel than something quasi-Victorian like “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.

“What dost thou wish to tell them, little rabbit?”
“Tell them.... Tell them....”
“Yes, rabbit?”

Does that give you an honest sense that the war is not a tea party?

And Betty Friedan always said that, given the chance, (the situation was once quite different), the Feminine Mystique would produce a nation of weaklings.

Perseverance is a virtue. It need not be an excuse to chauvinism.


*closes the book* Single it is!


There is darkness in all human love. To be honest, I’m surprised it took so long, but that’s just my bias.


It comes round. (“They can design dream weapons that come to life in my hands, but they will never again brainwash me into the necessity of using them.”)

It is so often like this: the war novels make you a pacifist, the love songs make you a monastic (“I’d be better off without ya”).

Religious books make you seeth at the church; the world makes you long for God.


In the end, you learn what’s real.
  smallself | Dec 29, 2018 |
I could not believe the things that went on in this book. I cried more than I was happy, and I swear that Katniss did the right thing in the end. Though everyone wanted her to become the Mocking jay for their own reasons, I knew that she would put them off as much as possible until she realized why she needed to do it for herself, and while I’m glad she done it on her terms, I wish that she wouldn’t have had to do it at all. I was right there with Katniss in wondering why no one was making an effort to rescue Peeta, why he was being left in the clutches of the Capitol.
We got a little more interaction with Gale and Prim, but not much and when Gale seemingly sides with the leaders of District 13, I lost a little of my respect for him, though he did start to gain it back. I don’t really want to give away too much, just in case there is someone else like me out there that has yet to pick these books up. Just know that this book is one that will move you to tears, but there is a slightly happy ending.
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  chaoticbooklover | Dec 26, 2018 |
2018-Reread this book. Still Team Peeta. I love the fact that Katniss didn't really know what she had until she didn't have it anymore. The book was extremely better than the movie. Not really a fan of Gale by the end of this book. The book did come full circle and it is sad that it ended the way it did.

2012-Loved this book. I wish there was another one after it just about Peeta and Katniss together and working through their problems. ( )
  LVStrongPuff | Nov 29, 2018 |
am about to start this... ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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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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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