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Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games
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on February 17, 2014
Not really getting pulled into the hype, I waited a long time to complete reading this series. The first two were okay; "Mockingjay", though depressing, was superior. If you read it, you'll find out if it's Peeta or Gale and that not all of the trilogy's characters get to see the fate of Panem.
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on September 19, 2013
Would have liked a little more detail as to why things turned out the way they did. Too much emotional flatness, apathy bringing this series to a close. Katniss seems to never dare find any emotion. PTSD for sure, but, hey, she & Peta really paid their dues and deserve more real emotions.
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on July 19, 2013
This is the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy and I definitely enjoyed reading it. Its not as action packed in the first half as the other two, but you learn so much about the lost district that everyone wanted to know! I wont say anymore! Worth the read!
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on October 4, 2014
This third book is profoundly unsatisfying to me as a reader. The plot is contrived. The protagonist becomes a boring self absorbed sort of creature. The story feels rushed and doesn't fit well with the first if second volumes. I was really hoping for more.
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on March 1, 2014
I enjoyed this series, it offered all the elements of a good read, suspense, intrigue, romance, adventure, action and so on. It was well written, some parts got a little gory, but all in all it had a good ending and I am looking forward to the movies.
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on July 23, 2012
I found the final book in the series to be different enough to keep me interested and light enough so that I could pick it up when I had some time to spare but put it down when my attention got diverted... all in all I found it was a good summer read
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on May 28, 2012
Originally reviewed on my blog: [...]

Mockingjay is the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. It is now time for District 13 to really make themselves known to the world and to the Capitol. With the help of their mockingjay (Katniss), the people of District 13 intend to take down the Capitol and change the world as they know it. Gale is also there to help with the uprising alongside Katniss, but Peeta is not able to help for reasons that will become clear when you read the book. You will absolutely hate the Capitol more than ever in this book, but will you like District 13 any better? It begins to become clear that the government and president of District 13 might not be much better than that of the Capitol. The book is filled with action, shocking twists and turns, and will make you want to kill the Capitol yourself!

I gave Mockingjay a rating of 6.5 because I was, surprisingly, very disappointed with it. I absolutely LOVED the first two books of this trilogy, but this one was extremely disappointing. In the previous books, Katniss was always right in the middle of the action and kicking butt. But, in this book, it seemed as though Katniss was always messed up and in the hospital instead of helping the battle towards the Capitol. She is involved in some action, of course, but not at the more important times. Collins also did not show some of the action that the reader is anticipating, such as the rescue of Peeta or a lot of the actual destruction of the Capitol.

I was also EXTREMELY disappointed with the ending. What is the point in reading two fantastic books and then ending the third one in such a disappointing fashion? In my opinion, the last book should be the best book, otherwise you are just left with an incomplete, depressing feeling...or is that just me? The ending of this book felt very rushed. It did not seem complete. It did not describe as much as it should have in order to give a complete feeling. I'm not sure what was happening with Collins during this ending, since she has demonstrated her wonderful writing skills in the first two books. Maybe it was the pressure of a deadline. Maybe because the first two were so successful, she felt the need to rush through this one to satisfy fans? However, rushing through the writing will not satisfy fans!!!

I still suggest that you read the trilogy, as the first two are well worth reading. Just don't get your hopes up for a thrilling, satisfying completion.
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on March 12, 2012
Alright I will admit I read the entire series in the course of 5 days so maybe when I got to Mockingjay I had high expectations. Those expectations certainly were not met by Mockingjay. I don't think this is a bad book but, at least for me, it was the worst in the series and had many areas I found the author left unpolished.

This installment in the series is definitely takes a change of pace. Katniss is literally thrown head first into the symbolic role for the entire rebellion. She struggles with physical aliments, moral dilemmas, serious debilitating changes in old friends... Altogether you see Katniss more as what she is, a 17 year old girl. She is fallible and fragile throughout the entire book and you see the darkness in the world around her definitely taking its toll on her in this book. If your expecting the same strong Katniss you read in Hunger Games or Catching Fire your going to be very disappointed.

Another thing that struck me was the author seems to really focus both on the war and on how it is affecting Katniss while throwing in random character developments here and there. Altogether I found this approach shallow and I was left wanting more of everything. There isn't enough focus on Katniss and her struggles for me to really resonate with her like I could in the previous installments, yet there also isn't enough explanation of the war for me to every really know whats going on either. My biggest complaint though was the treatment of supporting characters....

The most infuriating thing about this book was definitely the treatment of supporting characters. First the development of supporting characters in Mockingjay is poor at best. You are introduced to a few new characters that you get to know very little about as the book focuses on Katniss being a pale shadow of her prior self. 3rd party characters you liked in the past fall to the sidelines and are essentially ignored. Sure there are a few developments in characters like Johanna or Finnick but they are shallow at best and the writing doesn't make you feel anything for them. The characters developed most are Gale, Petta and Katniss which I guess is obvious because the love triangle thing. But as I mentioned with Katniss above, all of these characters are developed drastically different then in the past. One such development leading to a rift being developed between the characters.

Also unlike the other books where you basically know that characters Katniss has hardly met die off as sport, everyone is on the chopping block in Mockingjay. Many characters that you've come to really like over the course of the series are killed off indiscriminately. This wouldn't normally bother me as I find it can really emotionally engage you into a book if done well, like how the author handled Rue. Unfortunately again in Mockingjay author seems to make no effort to show the impact of the loss of these characters on Katniss or the reader. Often their deaths are absolutely and utterly meaningless and you get either; no sympathy/emotion from the author or Katniss, or, not enough time/exposure to feel anything about the loss other then confusion.

For me the first half of the book was much better then the end. As other reviewers have mentioned I found the last 100 pages or so to be very rough, rushed and altogether annoyed me in their shallowness. The plot is pieced together and while it makes sense the sheer hatred you feel for Snow is dulled as he falls to the sidelines like pretty much every other 3rd party character in this book.

In closing I found this to be a good book that shows off the darkness, and futility of war and the moral flaws in human character. I would still suggest reading it, and would recommend the series for sure, but do expect to be surprised by the change in pace in Mockingjay.
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on November 28, 2011
The Hunger Games trilogy has been one of my favorite series to come out in recent years. The first book was so original, with this amazing premise, fantastic action, and legitimately heart pounding moments, that book had it all. Catching Fire, the second in the trilogy, was not quite as amazing as the first, but that is only because it lacked the sheer uniqueness and originality of the first. The action was fantastic, and the way the Quarter Quell was set up like a clock was absolutely genius. The cliffhanger ending left me wanting more, and I was eagerly awaiting, like so many others, to see how Collins would wrap it up in Mockingjay.

Well, I was disappointed. There are a number of reasons why I was disappointed, but I am going to start off with the positives. First, this novel once again had a fantastic story. Several new characters are introduced who are truly interesting, and so many layers are added which provide social commentary that the messages are almost staggering for what is considered to be a series aimed at young adults. The action was also spectacular as usual, albeit in a much different way. The war scenes felt brutal and real, which was necessary for the novel to convey this message. I also enjoyed the way Collins first introduced us to this new setting, as it was so much different than any of the previous novels. Outside of the confines of the actual Hunger Games, the world is even more brutal, which was honestly shocking and unsettling.

However, all of these things only go so far. The biggest issues with this book are pacing issues. The novel moves at almost a snail's pace in the beginning. However, by the end of the book, so much is happening on seemingly every page that each revelation is not given the necessary time to breathe, and in particular the deaths are never fully felt as the proper time is not allocated to grieve the loss of such important characters. Another issue was with the characterization of Katniss and a few others. I thought Collins in many ways betrayed the Katniss I had grown to love over the course of the novel. While I understood her reasons for having Katniss act in a more servile manner, I still felt that her actions were mostly boring and not fun to read about. Also, once the Katniss we had known did finally come through towards the end of the novel, the pacing did not allow the reader to revel in the return of the beloved character.

Also, while the scenes were brutal and realistic and definitely powerful, they were unfortunately not very fun to read. I understand that it is not always about fun when reading a novel, and sometimes it's good to get depressed and feel something powerful, however with the way this brutality is presented here, it's almost matter of fact, taking away anything interesting about the brutality, leaving only the thought that anyone in power is terrible and that the world is ravaged by war and blah blah blah.

Overall, while I enjoyed the book, it was just such a letdown from the original first two novels to see a novel that was so, standard. The warfare was so much less interesting than the Hunger games that I would almost have enjoyed the book more if Katniss had somehow magically found herself in an actual third hunger games. WHile it would have made no sense, at least it would have been unique.
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on August 28, 2010
Katniss made it out of the Games alive for a second time, but the Games won't really be over until the Capitol is defeated. She has to deal with the loss of her home, her friends and more importantly Peeta who's been taken by the Capitol and probably tortured as she is being patched up by district 13 medics. Barely hanging onto her sanity, she will have to step up her game and raise the crowds in hopes of removing President Snow from his dictatorship.

There is a lot of controversy around the final installment in the series, I read that many were disappointed and I think I know why. Suzanne Collins isn't into sugarcoating. Mockingjay is raw, cruel, tragic, heart-breaking, violent, sad, utterly amazing and BALSY. The whole story is bittersweet, so everyone hoping for a walk-in-the-park happy ending (have they read the same first two books as me to hope that?) will be baffled.

Collins writes her story with such intensity that it's sometimes hard to bare. The desperation Katniss and especially Finnick live are described so perfectly that you find yourself locked in the feeling. I have to admit I cried in more than one occasion. So many tragic events happens, and none of which I expected. When I finished the book I found myself wondering how an author can kill so many important characters and still make it work.

I loved every pages of this book and I'm sad it's the last one. The end was powerful and the epilogue brought a bit of much needed closure.

I most definitely recommend this series to everyone, young and adults alike. It's not my usual kind of read but I fell for it heals over head. Suzanne Collins is a genius and I can't wait to see what her next project will be!
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