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Adya, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by Adya)
"Expect the unexpected" says it all. After reading the earlier books of the trilogy, I was pretty sure I had it all figured out... But Suzanne Collins got even better. I went through this one even faster. It was nearly impossible to put down and I must confess the book was more than worth it!

In a nutshell, it's a great book that would appeal to teens and adults alike. Just pick it up and you won't be disappointed!
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heartsleeve, June 25, 2012 (view all comments by heartsleeve)
I just finished reading the trilogy over about a week's time, and altho it was heartbreaking in many places, I loved the books. I was warned not to expect a fairy tale ending, so I really looked at the work as a commentary on war and political power and what lengths each side (regardless of their personal agendas or beliefs) is willing to go to in order to be victorious. In many ways, the war aspects were nauseating but extremely relevant to what happens thru time and history, regardless of who is engaged in war. There are no victors in war -- even the survivors lose a part of themselves thru personal loss and/or disillusionment. I'm way out of the "young adult" target audience by more than 45-50 years, but, like with the Harry Potter series, any reader can draw something from the reading experience here.
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moiraethefatesbookreview, May 19, 2012 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
* Hardcover: 400 pages
* Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (August 24, 2010)
* ISBN-10: 0439023513
* Author: Suzanne Collins
* Cover art: I like it
* Over all rating: ***1/2 out of 5 stars
* Obtained: Gifted from my friend Lori.

MockingJay by Suzanne Collins

Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.


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. 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 plains--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. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)


I want to start this by saying I found this one really disappointing. I was expecting so much more after reading Catching Fire which is my favorite of the series.

There were a lot of things in this book, I thought were unnecessary. There were a few deaths that really didn't do anything for the story.


I really wanted to know more about Annie. But we didn't get to learn a whole lot about her. I found Finnick to be very endearing again in this one.


Katniss was likable until the end. I didn't like what was done to her character at the end of the series in a lot of ways I felt like the last part of MockingJay ruined the entire series. I found Peeta as annoying as ever in this one. I was very pleased to see we got to learn more about Gale. I really enjoyed his character.


Over all I'd say give this a read just to see how the series ends, but be weary of it.
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W S Krauss, February 5, 2012 (view all comments by W S Krauss)
I enjoyed the book and the way the series ended, with one exception. The explanation about why Katniss ended up with the man she did (I'm omitting the spoiler) is vague and incomplete. I felt the author glossed over the reasons and feelings behind her choice or her lack of choice. After reading three books, it seemed that Collins owned us more time and effort than was given to this part of the book. Other characters were dealt with thoroughly, even though they had smaller roles. For example, I felt Prim was given a large and important role in the last book, even though her actual time on the page is small. The theme of Katniss's love triangle is a major part of the series. Everyone I talked to about the books wanted to know who she would choose. It seemed to me more a matter of convenience that she ended up with the man she did, rather than a conscious choice on the part of Katniss. She had even said at one point in the book that she would be able to survive without either one of them. Still, I would have liked for her to sort out her feelings and her love for both Gale and Peeta. After the events that she has endured, it would seem likely that she would take such life choices quite seriously.
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W S Krauss, February 5, 2012 (view all comments by W S Krauss)
I enjoyed the book and the way the series ended, with one exception. The explanation about why Katniss ended up with the man she did (I'm omitting the spoiler) is vague and incomplete. I felt the author glossed over the reasons and feelings behind her choice or her lack of choice. After reading three books, it seemed that Collins owned us more time and effort than was given to this part of the book. Other characters were dealt with thoroughly, even though they had smaller roles. For example, I felt Prim was given a large and important role in the last book, even though her actual time on the page is small. The theme of Katniss's love triangle is a major part of the series. Everyone I talked to about the books wanted to know who she would choose. It seemed to me more a matter of convenience that she ended up with the man she did, rather than a conscious choice on the part of Katniss. She had even said at one point in the book that she would be able to survive without either one of them. Still, I would have liked for her to sort out her feelings and her love for both Gale and Peeta. After the events that she has endured, it would seem likely that she would take such life choices quite seriously.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439023511
Author:
Collins, Suzanne
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Author:
Revis, Beth
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Series:
Across the Universe
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. At the end of Catching Fire, Katniss had been dramatically rescued from the Quarter Quell games; her fellow tribute, Peeta, has presumably been taken prisoner by the Capitol. Now the rebels in District 13 want Katniss (who again narrates) to be the face of the revolution, a propaganda role she's reluctant to play. One of Collins's many achievements is skillfully showing how effective such a poster girl can be, with a scene in which Katniss visits the wounded, cameras rolling to capture (and retransmit) her genuine outrage at the way in which war victimizes even the noncombatants. Beyond the sharp social commentary and the nifty world building, there's a plot that doesn't quit: nearly every chapter ends in a reversal-of-fortune cliffhanger. Readers get to know characters better, including Katniss's sister and mother, and Plutarch Heavensbee, former Head Gamemaker, now rebel filmmaker, directing the circus he hopes will bring down the government, a coup possible precisely because the Capitol's residents are too pampered to mount a defense. 'In return for full bellies and entertainment,' he tells Katniss, explaining the Latin phrase , 'people had given up their political responsibilities and therefore their power.' Finally, there is the romantic intrigue involving Katniss, Peeta and Gale, which comes to a resolution that, while it will break some hearts, feels right. In short, there's something here for nearly every reader, all of it completely engrossing. Ages 12 – up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "[A]n entirely gripping read. In Katniss, Collins has crafted a heroine so fierce and tenacious that this reader will follow her anywhere."
"Review" by , "Here is some advice before sitting down with Mockingjay. Keep all the lights on and have tissues close by."
"Review" by , "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....[A] series conclusion that is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games."
"Synopsis" by ,
The greatly anticipated final book in the New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Who do they think should pay for the unrest?

Katniss Everdeen.

The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins will have hearts racing, pages turning, and everyone talking about one of the biggest and most talked-about books and authors in recent publishing history!!!!

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