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Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy) Paperback – 1 Oct 2015
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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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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. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge...This thrilling final instalment of this ground-breaking trilogy promises to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.
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Shaming as well as shameful: To date, I wonder how many children have been sacrificed in wars around our world? How many countless children suffer near starvation on this planet, when half the world throw tons upon tons of food into the garbage? How trivial is our obsession with appearance: plastic surgery, boob jobs; whilst thousands upon thousands of children don't even have clean water to drink.
If you think Ms. Collins has written a thrilling dystopian novel, you're right, she has. Now read it again: the message is Loud and Clear:
'Because something is significantly wrong with a creature that sacrifices its children's lives to settle its differences.' And she's not talking about the Capitol.
Wrote by Suzanne Collins and introducing us to a dystopian world, set in the future, where living in the Capital is opulent and decadent and the communities of the other Districts live under their rules.
The Hunger Games; a way for the Capital to commemorate the uprising that happened in the past. The very reason that the districts were formed. To 'honour' the peace, each District has to offer up sacrifices, of sorts. One boy and one girl from each District are picked.
The Games? Well, it's kill or be killed. The winner, for want of a better term, is the one left standing. They get to live out their lives in some degree of comfort.
So, this year is the 74th Anniversary.....
It's a bit of a lottery who gets picked; if you're indebted to the Capitol in any way then the possibility of getting picked is increased.
Katniss Everdeen, 16, knows this, which is why she's trying to support her family the best she can, to protect her mother and sister.
The chosen ones, from District 12, were Prim Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. Prim is only 12 years old and Katniss's sister.
Immediately Katniss offers herself in Prim's place....and so the story begins.
Katniss and Peeta have got 'previous'.....
We meet Gale, Katniss's best friend and someone she has deep feelings for, Effie Trinket, who's from the Capitol and Katniss'a chaperone, Haymitch, a previous winner of the Hunger Games and more people later on....
It's a gripping story, written from Katniss's perspective; her thoughts and feelings, and is very much a 'coming of age' tale.
Suzanne writes in a very entertaining way, full of feelings and imagination....and the story goes at quite a pace.
It all leads up to the games themselves and what happens. Katniss is smart and uses her hunting skills to good use. She starts weakly and helpless, as the character is coming to terms with her situation and dealing with it, and grows in statue as it goes on.
One moment's actions causing ripples throughout the nation.
A clever little twist at the end....
To recap; a clever little book, well written and with characters that have depth to them and are people that you end up really caring about. A great story and, I personally, could see this as quite believable and possible.
An essential book. It's not just for young adults. There's lots of emotional, social, political and psychological points that this book puts out there for people to get their teeth into....
Again written by Suzanne Collins and continuing the saga from the first book. Peeta and Katniss survive the onslaught of the 74th Anniversary Hunger Games....and out of the frying pan and into the fire!
The Capitol recognise that their new winners have given some hope to the world and some districts are beginning to rebel. This, naturally, is met with force from the Capitol.
Peeta, Katniss, Gale, Effie and Haymitch are back. Gale, fighting for survival back in his home District and the others involved in a new Hunger Game.
It's the 75th Anniversary, and this is the time that the Capitol 'invite' winners from the past quarter - 25 years - to face off again.
The previous winners are from various districts and appear much more ruthless than Katniss and Peeta....but they soon find people that they can class as friends of sorts....
Again written from Katniss's perspective and the actual 'Games' is much more complex than the previous one; this time they're on an island that can turn on itself. The love triangle between Gale, Katniss and Peeta increases and Katniss is both vulnerable and shows strength throughout.
The twists come thick and fast; it'll certainly keep you thinking...and the ending? Boy, did I NOT see that one!!
To sum up; who are friends and who are enemies can be a complex thing. People make choices for the greater good or for own personal gain. The stakes are higher, the implications immense. Things will truly never be the same again....
An exciting read. The 'Hunger Games' world becomes a bigger place.. You have to have read the first book before taking on this one.
I had heard a few things about the story but it had totally misled me as to the subject matter. It is thought provoking and thrilling and I did not know how it would end. I would absolutely recommend that you give these books a try as they are outside of my 'usual' and I really enjoyed them.
I am a mum in my 40's and I felt the issues and 'what if's' raised were interesting, they kept my attention as I read all 3 books in about 4 days. Yes they are based in the future, so the author can use some artistic licence about what is possible and what is not - which I think is why these books are aimed at a younger market really. But if you just believe that all is possible and what would happen if we really lived in those times - wow! And the relationships between the characters, the hope, the determination and the fears and real emotions - the author has captured all brilliantly.
Don't write it off if you don't think it's your thing - I nearly did - but I am really pleased I read these books, and recommend you try it.
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