Director Francis Lawrence wastes no time diving back into the Mockingjay universe. The government of Panem is crumbling. The underground members of the Rebellion have finally gained enough bravado and bombs to overthrow President Snow Donald Sutherland and restore Panem. Katniss and a crack-team of rebel soldiers have been tasked with infiltrating the Capitol and killing Snow.
It was the book where the human stakes were at their highest. Collins grounded her characters in a world that was both fantastical and all-too-real. The books gave you ample time to appreciate each individual character tic, savoring the minor moments of quietude over the huge action-packed twists.
The movies, on the other hand, feel obligated to emphasize action at the expense of crucial character building. Her blank stares no longer convince. 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 plans--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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , First Edition , pages. More Details Original Title.
The Hunger Games 3. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Mockingjay , please sign up. Did anyone else cry? Kathryn I cried tears of happiness that I was finally done with this boring book. This book is really incredible.
I had heard about it, the sad moments of it, and even when there were very sad parts, i didn't cry once during it. The writing was truly a piece of art, i had trouble letting the book down. One of my favorites, just like 'Hunger games' and 'Catching fire' The trilogy is amazing :. Booklover I don't really cry during books.
Only like in If I Stay, or Eclipse, my eyes just fill with tears. Mockingjay had this raw, powerful feeling to it. Catching fire was the best though ; less. See all questions about Mockingjay…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 26, Tina rated it it was ok. Words can't begin to express my disappointment. I bought Mockingjay the first day it came out and I was preparing myself for a truly epic novel, one worthy of its predecessors. I loved The Hunger Games; it was fast-paced, thrilling, suspenseful. Catching Fire wasn't as good but it was still enjoyable I was majorly impressed by the game arena.
I wasn't let down by Catching Fire though; I figured it was just a transition novel, build-up to what would undoubtedly be a mindblowing, epic conclusion in Mockingjay. Maybe I set my expectations too high.
I do think Collins is a good writer; she definitely knows how to write and tell a story. But I feel like she lost her way in this book. Or maybe the only thing that made this series so great was the Hunger Games, and now that it's absent, there's nothing to drive the story. The love triangle wasn't well played out. First of all, I'm getting a bit tired of reading about love triangles -- especially in novels where there's a much greater plot present. But I'll admit, I was on Team Gale throughout the series, because he was strong and resilient and resourceful and caring.
There was this attractive manly quality about him and he was so in sync with Katniss, and hot to boot. But towards the end of this novel, I didn't give a flying fart about Katniss's love life and who she ended up with, because everything seemed like such a hopeless, depressing mess that there was no point.
I also hated how she kept flip-flopping and toying with both Gale and Peeta I've been bothered by this since CF. She should make up her mind about who she wants instead of leading them both on! Her fickleness is pretty inconsiderate to these two guys whom she supposedly cares about. She ended up with Peeta, which would have been fine if it had been executed properly. She just ended up with Peeta because he was the only one who stuck around.
At the end, I found myself wanting her to end up alone, of her OWN choice. Heck, instead of spiraling into bleak depression and continuing life as a puppet, I would have rather seen her die for a noble cause and for doing the right thing. That would have been a more satisfactory ending, and that's saying something because I normally HATE when characters die.
I didn't like that we didn't get to experience the action close-up. As the war unraveled, I felt like Katniss was always on the sidelines, only called in when other people commanded her to. We didn't get to see Katniss kicking butt against her enemies, we got to hear from other characters about events that occurred, or watch them on the TV.
It is so mindnumbingly dull to be watching a character watching something, instead of experiencing the action with the character. Everything she did was for show, for a propo or campaign or whatever. It was all so.. Here they are in the middle of a war, people are dying left and right, and all they care about is filming and getting good shots and angles and putting on a pretty face!
It felt so staged and it was boring and infuriating to read. The only real action is towards the end when she and her team are going on the assassin mission to kill Snow, and even THAT was originally only for a propo that went astray. The last third of the book the assassin mission was gorey and bloody, which I didn't mind. It's war after all.
But many characters' deaths were so rushed and pointless. Prim's death didn't have the impact that I'm sure Collins was aiming for; I didn't feel sad when she died, as she's barely in the story as it is, so I didn't get to know her well enough and connect with her beforehand. She was absent for at least pages before her death came out of nowhere, for God's sake, so her death felt like any stranger's death.
Although it seems her death kind of defeated the point of sparing her from the Hunger Games. What DID kill me was Finnick's death. Finnick was one of the characters I loved most in this series, and call me petty, but I can't forgive Collins for killing him off after he'd been through so much and finally got to marry the love of his life. It wasn't even a death of purpose. He got eaten by mutts in a sewer, along with half their assassin team.
Deaths are fine when they're important to the plot, but this felt like death for the sake of death.