Summary and book reviews of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay

The final book of The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay
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  • Hardcover: Aug 2010,
    400 pages.
    Paperback: Jan 2010,
    164 pages.

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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. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

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Part I
“The Ashes”
1

I stare down at my shoes, watching as a fine layer of ash settles on the worn leather. This is where the bed I shared with my sister, Prim, stood. Over there was the kitchen table. The bricks of the chimney, which collapsed in a charred heap, provide a point of reference for the rest of the house. How else could I orient myself in this sea of gray? Almost nothing remains of District 12. A month ago, the Capitol’s firebombs obliterated the poor coal miners’ houses in the Seam, the shops in the town, even the Justice Building. The only area that escaped incineration was the Victor’s Village. I don’t know why exactly. Perhaps so anyone forced to come here on Capitol business would have somewhere decent to stay. The odd reporter. A committee assessing the condition of the coal mines. A squad of Peacekeepers checking for returning refugees.

But no one is returning except me. And that’s only for a ...

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If you are reading this review, chances are that you're wondering if the Hunger Games trilogy lives up to the hype. Yes. A thousand times yes. All you need to do is read the first few pages of The Hunger Games to verify this. You'll be pulled in and under. You'll set aside anything else you've been reading. You'll shirk your duties at work. You'll start reading under the table at dinnertime. I quickly learned that the only way I could make myself close the covers would be to break off in the middle of a chapter. If I waited until the end, the unbelievable cliffhanger with which Collins closes every single chapter would catch me and pull me back into the book. The only way to read these books is compulsively.   (Reviewed by Amy Reading).

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The Los Angeles Times

More maudlin than the first two books in the series, Mockingjay is also the most violent and bloody and, based on the actions and statements of its characters, its most overtly antiwar — though not so much that it distracts from a series conclusion that is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow!

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. 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.

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The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.

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Blake Brinton

Mockingjay
The book “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins, is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a good and easy read. I wanted to read this book because my sisters all said that it was really good and also because I saw the first two ...   Read More

Suzanne G.

3rd in HG Series
Is it necessary to give more praise than what has been shown for this series? This third book completes the Hunger Games series with a bang. Great ending.

Miss Mindy

Mockingjay
The trilogy was a great story overall. However, the ending seemed a bit abrupt. I felt as though the writer either rushed to meet a publisher's deadline or just got tired of writing. It was disappointing.

Cloggie Downunder

thought provoking
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 ...   Read More

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The Hunger Games trilogy is a little like Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, and a little like every reality television show ever invented. It's set in the future but has an antique pedigree. Suzanne Collins has said that Katniss Everdeen's story is essentially a "gladiator story" and that it originates in two tales from Ancient Greece and Rome.

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The Hunger Games, the first book in the trilogy, stems from the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. King Minos of Crete had defeated the Athenians in war, and to solidify his authority over them, demanded a tribute of seven Athenian boys and seven Athenian girls to be fed to the Minotaur every nine years. The Minotaur was half-bull and half-man, a vicious ...

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