Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy) Paperback – 1 Oct 2015
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Praise for Mockingjay:
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2010
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
A 2010 Booklist Editors' Choice
A 2010 Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010
"Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire."
"Suspenseful... Collins' fans, grown-ups included, will race to the end."
"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."
-New York Times Book Review
"Unfolding in Collins' engaging, intelligent prose and assembled into chapters that end with didn't-see-that-coming cliffhangers, this finale is every bit the pressure cooker of its forebears. [Mockingjay] is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow."
-Los Angeles Times
* "This concluding volume in Collins's Hunger Games trilogy accomplishes a rare feat, the last installment being the best yet, a beautifully orchestrated and intelligent novel that succeeds on every level."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
"My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead."
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Though she's long been a part of the revolution, Katniss hasn't known it. Now it seems that everyone has had a hand in the carefully laid plans but her.
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 cost. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Like many dystopian novels this world is ruled by an oppressive regime which seeks to remind their citizens of the price of rebellion. Every year they take a boy and a girl from each district to fight in the gladiatorial arena. The leader is this regime is President Snow, an ironic name given that he is anything but pure in his motives. His symbol appears to be genetically modified white rose, heavy in its perfume it disguises the smell of blood, caused by the poison he made his enemies drink over the years. Almost like a sinister and benevolent Stalin, who rids himself of the competition, not quite the night of the long knives, but just as deadly.
The subsequent books in the series give more detail about the rebellion. There is the presumed destruction and abandonment of district 13, now the rebel base. The Quarter Quell where victors of the games compete in a special anniversary tournament. At first I felt this was merely a repetition of the themes of the first book, but it soon becomes clear these games are less of a competition and more about working together in support of the rebellion.
When the force field surrounding the arena is destroyed Katniss and her allies are rescued, but Peter is captured and tortured by the Capitol. Used in their propaganda war, his mind is manipulated so much that he no longer knows what is real. When he is rescued he becomes a liability, even trying to kill Katniss. Eventually the balance of his mind does return, but you do feel he’ll be forever scarred.Read more ›
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I wasn't so keen on the use of the present tense - I'm so used to reading novels in past tense that this regularly grated. I was also a bit surprised at a few errors, considering the book will have been edited so many times and made so much money - publishers cutting back on polishing books? For example "I know one has found me and the others will be honing in". Should be "homing in" (though it is a common error). There's also some badly-planned sections that come across as unconvincing placeholders. For example, Katniss decides she wants to hunt alone because Peeta is noisy, then come back for him, but doesn't think he'll agree. She hasn't said anything about it aloud but immediately he states that's what she should do, for those reasons. It's the kind of thing an author writes because they have an omniscient view, but later editing should remove the too-obvious god hand.
I should also go and fuss the big grey thing stood in the corner. When I started reading The Hunger Games I knew little about it, having avoided mentions and spoilers and films. I just had a vague thought that it was popular and was dystopian sci-fi, maybe like 1984 – I switched off whenever Hunger Games was mentioned online to avoid knowing more. As such I was surprised as I read it that it seemed so familiar – and immediately connected it with Battle Royale. I kept thinking “Wow, that’s similar, surely it can’t be an accident?” Suzanne Collins says she never read Battle Royale or knew of it as she was writing Hunger Games. I can accept that, though it still seems strange to me.Read more ›
I have read the hell out of these books in the past week - all three of them. It's a tremendously satisfying series of books and every single one of them was hugely enjoyable. However, the last book suffers (a little) from several issues. The first is that it just doesn't feel as coherent as the first two - without the driving force of the Games themselves, it has to be a very different book and the characters don't feel quite so credible to me. The second is that the ending seems to undermine most of the central messages I took from the book. It just doesn't gel - it's a jarring misstep to my sensibilities. The third is that the horror of the central plot-line loses a lot of its impact with the half-hearted way in which events are described. Certain characters, I feel, deserved better in their final send-offs.
Don't get me wrong - it's still an intensely good book, and a reasonably good cap-stone to a tremendous trilogy. It doesn't take away from how good the first two books are, and it stands up well as a book in and of its own rights. It's just I came away from it feeling a little colder than I think I would have if some other paths had been taken.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this series and the fact all 3 books are in one is handy so I carry on readingPublished 1 day ago by Tamara Steele
I put off reading these books for ages because of the premise – in a dystopian society, children are picked to fight to the death while the rest of the world views it live as a... Read morePublished 4 days ago by TMPlym
It had me hooked from the beginning till the end. I looked forward to reading it every evening.Published 5 days ago by fran hibbert
I read the whole trilogy in a few days and loved getting lost in this world. So much better than the movies. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Melkgreen
After reading the first two books in the series, I was looking forward to this one.
But nothing really happens in the story and in the end it was just depressing. Read more
This is a great book and very similar to the film. It's nicely read and you feel very absorbed in the action.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer