Mockingjay

Mockingjay

Book rating: 04 Paperback Hunger Games Trilogy

By (author) Suzanne Collins

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  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 30mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 25 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1407109375
  • ISBN 13: 9781407109374
  • Sales rank: 46

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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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By Colleen 15 Apr 2013 4

"...I got through this book very quickly, as I did the others. Collins has a true talent for writing a hell of a page-turner...This kind of book is difficult to write a review of partly for that reason - I would hate to be less vague and inadvertently include spoilers, but trust me when I say that **** is going down all over the place here. Having read the book finally, I'm more excited to see how they'll present it all in the film adaptation - it is sure to be pretty visually dynamic. I am also NOT looking forward to the film adaptation, though, because I spent the entire last third of the book yelling OHMYGOD and weeping like a small, emotionally disturbed child...Mockingjay ended up being my least favorite of the trilogy, but that in no way means I didn't like it. I still think they're all phenomenal, and a great contribution to the dystopian sub-genre. Just, you know, if you're a total sap like me, maybe read it with a box of tissues handy or something, and not in the middle of the night if you live with someone who is a light sleeper, since you might wake them up with all the crying-out in shock and disbelief."

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By H. 07 Nov 2012 4

I know that many believe the first 'The Hunger Games' to be Collins' best work. However, whilst I loved that book, I tend to favour the concluding chapter that is 'Mockingjay'. Many reviewers would disagree, finding the story to be a little too long or dark or poorly paced. Whilst I can see their issues with the pacing, I found that the drawn out nature of the book really helped communicate the themes associated with war, violence and poverty. This book really brings all those dark realities, explored in the two previous books, to the forefront and bares them without shame. Katniss and other major characters are faced with the moral dilemma of war: they have to ask themselves what are they willing to sacrifice? what are they willing to do? who are they willing to become in order to win the war and is it even worth winning? The whole notion of rebellion and fighting for what you believe in is well countered with explorations of the disturbing elements of war; it isn't a heroic fable, it is a dirty and unkind struggle for truth and freedom. Collins' writing is easy but effective and she captures the issues well via the protagonist Katniss' own narrative. This book is confronting but not uncomfortable and is the strongest book in the series. Highly recommend.

By Noelle Burns 21 Apr 2012 5

The 'Short Description' is such a spoiler! I'm here looking to buy the books, I had no idea she survived the Hunger Games twice. I wish companies wouldn't do this.

By Marianne Vincent 06 Apr 2012 5

Mockingjay is the final exciting instalment of the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Katniss Everdeen, having survived her first Hunger Games and been plucked out of the Quarter Quell by the rebels living in District t13, is now required to become the symbol of the rebellion, the Mockingjay. But while her mother and her sister Prim were rescued by her best friend, Gale, her own District 12 has been destroyed and Peeta Melark is a captive of the Capitol. It takes a reminder of President Coriolanus Snow to cement her resolve to become the Mockingjay. But while the revolution gains strength, Katniss is torn by the number of people dying for the cause she is heading: she is beginning to wonder if the regimentation of District 13 and President Alma Coin are any better than the Capitol and Snow. In this thrilling finale, Collins uses her main character to comment on: the power of the media and those who control it; how circumstances can turn gentle people into warriors; how power corrupts; the futility of war; and how those who develop weapons have no control over how they will be used. Collins gives the reader believable characters and an electrifying plot with plenty of twists. This may not be capital L literature, but it is nonetheless a gripping and thought-provoking read.

By Nick 30 Mar 2012 4

Yeah I agree with the other reviewers, it was a great read. I was put onto it by my niece.