Mockingjay

(The Hunger Games #3)

Hardcover, 390 pages

English language

Published July 10, 2010 by Scholastic Press.

ISBN:
9780439023511
OCLC Number:
699520663

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4 stars (168 reviews)

Katniss Everdeen's having survived the Hunger Games twice makes her a target of the Capitol and President Snow, as well as a hero to the rebels who will succeed only if Katniss is willing to put aside her personal feelings and serve as their pawn.

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Review of 'Mockingjay' on 'GoodReads'

3 stars

Hey, I liked it.

It was an interesting choice by the author to make Katniss a regular person instead of superhero. And to have so many of her friends and loved ones die without really altering the course of the war very much. And to make her kamikaze mission a big failure. In the book, like in life, individuals just get crushed underfoot during times war. With one major exception, it seems like little of what Katniss did in the book made any difference. And that's realistic too - while the lives and stories of individuals are meaningful to them, they don't make much difference to the big picture.

Did her target YA audience like this book? Did it subvert their expectations? I would be curious to find out.

Review of 'Mockingjay' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A fantastic end to a fantastic series. The emotional roller-coaster the series as a whole - and this last book in particular - took me on has left me somewhat dazed, but certain in the knowledge that this is one of the best series of books I've ever read. It is perhaps not for the faint-of-heart, because the setting of these books is most assuredly not a nice place, and the twists and turns of the plot are likely to leave you crying as often as cheering. But it is definitely worth your time to read. Thought-provoking, exhilarating, shocking, emotional, instructive - The Hunger Games is all of this and more. I'm torn between sadness and relief that my journey through this world with the characters is over, but I feel richer for having spent time with them.

Review of 'Mockingjay' on 'Goodreads'

No rating

I'm surprised at how dedicated Collins was to the larger dystopia plot. We see the breakdown of an already collapsed civilization through the eyes of one of its members. I expected Collins to focus on Katniss and her personal story in the way that a young adult novel generally follow. Instead, importance is placed on the larger political struggle, and a balance is struck between the personal narrative and the what was happening to everyone in the story. [return][return]This also served to keep Katniss as one person, not THE person. Sure, I identify with her to some degree, but by the time we reach the events in Mockingjay, there's no way I can fully identify with her--she's had psychological (and physical) traumas that I'll never experience. She's damaged, and she navigates the story in a way that rings true, not optimistically. [return][return]In the end, the events that unfold don't tie …

Review of 'Mockingjay' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

First read November 2011, 4 stars.

***

May 2014: still 4 stars.
Things I remember thinking the first time round: 1. I prefer the first 2 in the series. 2. (After the first movie was announced) they will make the 3rd book into 2 movies because that's what Hollywood does now and that's stupid because this does not need to be 2 movies.

I have changed my mind on both points. Re. the movie(s): Mockingjay is actually rather neatly divided into 2 halves, 1 half about Katniss's recovery/rehab, slow integration into District 13, and the relatively slow/late reveal of how the rebellion is organized/functions; and 1 half about katniss the warrior, both in training and in the Capitol. Whereas I feel like the interesting political stuff got edited out of the 2nd movie to make room for the action packed arena scenes, by dividing MJ into 2 films, we …

Review of 'Mockingjay' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A great closure for a very exciting trilogy. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I feel it doesn't care for the usual storytelling conventions and instead becomes a ride of surprises and turns. Katniss's character evolves in a very real way and is not your usual untouchable hero. I like the flaws in the characters, the way they are broken beyond repair and the constant questioning of the role of media in either keeping or ditching the status quo.
Really moving and beautiful, a series worth reading.

Review of 'Mockingjay' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

So now I'm done with the Hunger Games trilogy and what really bothers me about it, is that it takes an interesting premise and turns it into something entirely predictable. That the trilogy would conclude the way it did was never really in doubt and that defused all the intensity and drama from the story. Too bac.

Review of 'Mockingjay' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I've enjoyed reading all of the Hunger Games books. Kind of surprised because I can be very contrary when it comes to all things faddish. (re Twilight) But these books definitely kept you reading to find out "what happens next". While this is certainly not the most high-brow literature, they are enjoyable and entertaining. And really, that's about all I want from a book. So there you go.

Review of 'Mockingjay' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I don't know if, after reading these books so long ago, I could write a review for each one...so I'm going to write and all-encompassing review of The Hunger Games Trilogy.

The Hunger Games (Book #1) - The best of the three.
Catching Fire (Book #2) - Gets better from about the half-way point on.
Mockingjay (Book #3) - Not that great. Probably the weakest of the three. Then the ending sucked HARD.

The Hunger Games is a story about North America after a horrific war has wiped out life and government as we know it. The survivors have banded together to form the Capitol City and various outer Districts, each with its own jobs/manufacturing tasks. The Capital City controlled everything to the point that the Districts rose up and revolted. And they were crushed. To remind the Districts that they must never revolt again, the Capital initiated The Hunger …

Review of 'Mockingjay' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Horrible ending. The problems of the first two books are repeated here, but with greater intensity. Also, could've done without Harry Potter-esque epilogue (I didn't like it in Harry Potter and I think it's even crappier here). At least she finally makes a decision, but it feels incidental, given that the other choice isn't available anymore.

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