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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (25 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407109375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407109374
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,685 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little Bear and Oswald. She has worked on several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. She received a Writer's Guild of America nomination for co-writing the critically acclaimed Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! And most recently she was the head writer for Clifford's Puppy Days. Suzanne Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times-bestselling Underland Chronicles, which started with the acclaimed book Gregor the Overlander. In The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins continues to explore the effect of violence on those coming of age. She was inspired to write The Hunger Games when an idea formed whilst she flicked between television channels broadcasting real war coverage and reality television programmes.

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Hey Nayantara Sam, Stop it. I was halfway through reading your review, and you had practically given away the whole story, and spoiled the book for a lot of people, you know. So just remember in the future not to do this. Because it irritates some people enormously. Btw, the book is great, people!(Since I do have to write something about the book as it's a review) --Medha Kumar Mar 24, 2012

Mockingjay was voted the Goodreads Best Book of the Year in all Genres of 2010 and the best hero and heroine votings went to it too! An awesome ending to an awesome trilogy, a perfect blend that captivated the minds of all readers. --Abhisek Dash Dec 1, 2011

he last two books were clearly fiction. The deuteragonists come leaping out of a certain-death situation but there was a measure of reality added to those. with this book, although i'm sure the author wanted to make realism the major theme, there are a lot of WTF moments because of that fiction-reality conflict. there's even a Sylvester Stallone moment where people run around armed with nothing but a bow and arrow trained on a hovercraft and take it down with just that! But Mockingjay takes flight with reality playing a major role all the same. The tension of the revolution builds up slowly and palpably. Many readers yowl about some characters who are killed off and make virtual effigies for them all over the net. To me the fact that these people were sacrificed for the war, that their loss was felt deeply and that the pain and mental agony experienced were expressed and laid bare for the readers to feel was the impressive bit. This book isn't as fast-paced as the first one and not as soothingly unrealistic as the second, but it is harsh in its expectations of war. It makes you think about the cost of freedom, the price of war, the transiency of celebrity, how it's in human nature to exploit, use and throw something It's the best in the series and you should buy and read it it's the most thought-evoking, blunt, practical and realistic portrayal of the world although younger readers may not understand this yet. Heck, if you're here you're pretty well hooked anyway --mrin Aug 18, 2012 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Suzanne Collins is the author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series, which has more than one million books in print and is available in seven foreign editions. In the award-winning The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. The much-anticipated finale to The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay, will be published on August 24th, 2010. Also a successful writer for children's television, Collins lives with her family in Connecticut. Visit her at www.suzannecollinsbooks.com. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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I have to side with all the five-star reviewers!

I enjoyed reading this SO much! I thought that the characters, who we have learnt to love in the previous books, developed new layers to their personality - Peeta in particular! A lot of other reviews have suggested that Katniss is unlikable and that she becomes weak and 'whiney', but I found her one of the most relatable characters BECAUSE of her flaws. Her reactions to the trauma that she suffers makes this one of the most gut-wrenching books I've read.

I think that the source of a lot of disappointment for the other more negative reviews is that this story has a non-conventional ending. I think the ending may have alienated a lot of people as it's not a stereotypically 'happy ending' but, personally, I found this a fantastic thing! With other series of books I've read, notably Harry Potter, although I loved them, I found myself asking just how much of a happy ending there could be for the main characters when so many bad things have happened in their lives. I loved the bittersweet ending of Mockingjay, where we see a world still affected by the traumatic events of the past.

I think that in comparison to a lot of (dare I use the phrase) 'Young adult' fiction that shows a dull love triangle, this book shows that no matter what happens, there is always hope and I found this to be a refreshing message. This book won't be everyone's cup of tea but I would encourage everyone to read this book - but maybe ask them to forget about the conventional ending that they were probably expecting.

There are flaws in this book, don't get me wrong, but I would challenge anyone to find a perfect book. For me, I review a book depending on whether I felt anything for the characters and whether I would read it again. By those criteria, it deserves every one of those 5 stars.

I hope that this has been helpful in some way!
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So, Mockingjay. I'm not going to lie - I am addicted, obsessed and completely loyal to this trilogy, so my review is reflective of that - but even so let me tell you, this book did not exactly bring me joy. It evokes a lot of emotions, yes but I was crying not smiling at the end of it.

Mockingjay stays true to its dystopian origins. While a lot will not agree with me, I feel that the grimness of the book is a part of its strength. In true dystopian fashion, it explores the downfall of human conscience and displays the worse of our attributes; like Hunger Games and Catching Fire, I was appalled by many of the events in the book and at points felt sick at the ability of the characters to act as cruelly as they do. At times I felt that Mockingjay borders on unbearable - exactly how grim can a book be? It seems that nothing close to happily ever after can be associated with this book, because believe me, it can be depressing.

I can't help but comment on all the political implications on this book, because the trilogy is far beyond just Katniss' story. The workings of the rebellion and the fight for freedom takes a bulk of the book and the tension spirals out of control in many of its pages.As the mockingjay, Katniss traverses the thin line that divides both sides. I love the twisted, wicked feel of the battle because that was exactly how I imagined it to be. Not only full of secrets, but full of dark aims and uncertainties.

There is a lot I can say about how the characters' fates are sealed. We know beforehand that there will be deaths; what we do not know is who will die. Or exactly how many. As it turns out, no number of speculations could possibly have prepared me for the depressing turn of events in Mockingjay.
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As loads of other reviews have said, this novel was very unsatisfying in it's ending. The build up with the previous two books and even up to the middle of this book created a springboard platform for the ending to be great. Instead Miss Collins decided to leave nothing with a satisfying or even justified end. She killed off good characters (mainly Finnick). She ruined the love triangle by leaving Katniss with Peeta, who it appeared she never loved anyway, and just binned off Gale to District 2 as if he didn't even exist in Katniss's life. And how events developed with overthrowing President Snow in the end was awful! It almost gave an impression of nothing changing at all for the better, with the rebels in control!

Overall, I felt very frustrated at the conclusion of this trilogy. The lack of storytelling finesse was mind boggling. It should not have been published without a serious revision to the storyline.
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I loved the first Hunger Games book. Liked the second. Hated the third. Probably hated it all the more because it is such a let down after the first two. There was so much potential to wrap the story up well and make a really dramatic statement, but this book is just filled with complex, interminable and pointlessly detailed battle scenes, and Katniss having a completely uncharacteristic breakdown. If you have read the first two, don't bother with this one, it'll ruin it all for you. I'm feeling quite bitter about that.

I think the problem is that Ms. Collins was rushed. As a writer myself, I know about deadlines, and I think that with the first two books selling like the new Twilight, she was put under too much pressure to get book 3 out as quickly as possible. It shows in that some of the writing really is quite juvenile and unpolished. I felt a bit like a teacher saying to her "I KNOW you can do better than this." I really wish she'd told her agent, editor, publisher and readers where to get off and taken all the time she needed to make a really satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

SPOILER ALERT: To save you having to buy and struggle through this book, I'm going to summarise what happens.

District 13 is alive and well and underground, and Katniss is taken there following the end of book 2 where her mother and Prim are living with the other survivors of District 12. It's ruled over by President Coin, who asks Katniss to be the symbolic mockingjay to unite the districts against the capital. Katniss does so, but starts to realise that Coin is just as corrupt and cruel as Snow and would be just as much a tyrant were she to gain his power. The Districts do all rebel, all-out war ensues with huge loss of life.
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