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Product Details

  • Series: The Hunger Games (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780439023511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439023511
  • ASIN: 0439023513
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13,462 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.



A Q&A with Suzanne Collins, Author of Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)

Q: You have said from the start that The Hunger Games story was intended as a trilogy. Did it actually end the way you planned it from the beginning?

A: Very much so. While I didn't know every detail, of course, the arc of the story from gladiator game, to revolution, to war, to the eventual outcome remained constant throughout the writing process.

Q: We understand you worked on the initial screenplay for a film to be based on The Hunger Games. What is the biggest difference between writing a novel and writing a screenplay?

A: There were several significant differences. Time, for starters. When you're adapting a novel into a two-hour movie you can't take everything with you. The story has to be condensed to fit the new form. Then there's the question of how best to take a book told in the first person and present tense and transform it into a satisfying dramatic experience. In the novel, you never leave Katniss for a second and are privy to all of her thoughts so you need a way to dramatize her inner world and to make it possible for other characters to exist outside of her company. Finally, there's the challenge of how to present the violence while still maintaining a PG-13 rating so that your core audience can view it. A lot of things are acceptable on a page that wouldn't be on a screen. But how certain moments are depicted will ultimately be in the director's hands.

Q: Are you able to consider future projects while working on The Hunger Games, or are you immersed in the world you are currently creating so fully that it is too difficult to think about new ideas?

A: I have a few seeds of ideas floating around in my head but--given that much of my focus is still on The Hunger Games--it will probably be awhile before one fully emerges and I can begin to develop it.

Q: The Hunger Games is an annual televised event in which one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts is forced to participate in a fight-to-the-death on live TV. What do you think the appeal of reality television is--to both kids and adults?

A: Well, they're often set up as games and, like sporting events, there's an interest in seeing who wins. The contestants are usually unknown, which makes them relatable. Sometimes they have very talented people performing. Then there's the voyeuristic thrill—watching people being humiliated, or brought to tears, or suffering physically--which I find very disturbing. There's also the potential for desensitizing the audience, so that when they see real tragedy playing out on, say, the news, it doesn't have the impact it should.

Q: If you were forced to compete in the Hunger Games, what do you think your special skill would be?

A: Hiding. I'd be scaling those trees like Katniss and Rue. Since I was trained in sword-fighting, I guess my best hope would be to get hold of a rapier if there was one available. But the truth is I'd probably get about a four in Training.

Q: What do you hope readers will come away with when they read The Hunger Games trilogy?

A: Questions about how elements of the books might be relevant in their own lives. And, if they're disturbing, what they might do about them.

Q: What were some of your favorite novels when you were a teen?

A: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Boris by Jaapter Haar
Germinal by Emile Zola
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up Following her subversive second victory in the Games, this one composed of winners from past years, Katniss has been adopted by rebel factions as their symbol for freedom and becomes the rallying point for the districts in a desperate bid to take down the Capitol and remove President Snow from power. But being the Mockingjay comes with a price as Katniss must come to terms with how much of her own humanity and sanity she can willingly sacrifice for the cause, her friends, and her family. Collins is absolutely ruthless in her depictions of war in all its cruelty, violence, and loss, leaving readers, in turn, repulsed, shocked, grieving and, finally, hopeful for the characters they've grown to empathize with and love. Mockingjay is a fitting end of the series that began with The Hunger Games (2008) and Catching Fire (2009) and will have the same lasting resonance as William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Stephen King's The Stand. However, the book is not a stand-alone; readers do need to be familiar with the first two titles in order to appreciate the events and characters in this one. Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK (c) Copyright 2010.  Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

More About the Author

Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.

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111 of 133 people found the following review helpful By C. Peck on March 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't know what else to say beyond the title of my review. I enjoyed the first, thought the second was adequate, but wanting. This book, however, is atrocious.

There are so many points in this book, during the "action" sequences, where all I could think about was the author's writing process. I'm not joking or making this up. This book sounds like the author just sat a 6 year old next to her, stuffed him with sugar and chocolate, and then just kept asking him "and then what happened?" over and over.

Yeah, you can imagine how that would turn out: "Then they were running, and then they fell because the sidewalk was a trap! then the alligator face people came in the sewer. then the floor opened up and it was spikes. and the spikes had poison! then they jumped over the spikes. but then the bees came. but the bees were robots! then the soldiers saw the robot bees and they stung them. and then, and then..." etc.etc. That is exactly how events unfold in this book.

Maybe I can get a sugar-high 6 year old and keep a voice transcription program running and turn that into a best-seller.

Absurd.
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66 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Frances E. Rowe on October 2, 2010
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****REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS****

At first, i wanted to hate this book. The night i finished reading it, by whole being felt utterly sickened with disgust. i wanted to throw it away, to toss it out my window and forget that i ever read it, keeping my loving memories of the beauty of the Hunger Games and Catching FIre untainted. Looking back, im glad i refrained from reviewing for a good week, because god forbid, if i would have the night i finished it, you probably would have more of a hate letter to Collins then a review.

I'm certainly not saying that i have grown to like the book, but my loathing towards it has instead become a dull appreciation. The book is good, but there are many good books which i don't like. In hindsight, what triggered my initial reaction of hate was how depressed this book made me. Not because of the dark context or the countless deaths that occur within it (i actually love dark reads), but because for me, it ruined what had the potential to go down in history as one of the best trilogy's of its time. It could have been truly amazing, but instead fizzled out into yet another piece of work that in my mind will always be remembered as "what could have been" instead of "what was."

I appreciate what Collins was trying to do, delving into the messy effects that war has on the human being, and in fact she does this quite brilliantly. However for Katniss to be the subject of this study is both unfair to her, and to the reader. To take such a beautiful and dynamic character and utterly destroy her to the point where she is a hollow shell of nothingness is unforgivable in a book where hope, and love are (or at least were) the driving forces behind said character.
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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful By J. Oholleran on March 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Well.. Disappointed. The book was rushed, ending was rushed. There was no real reason behind any of the events in the second half of the book. It has lost its originality and emotion. Suzanne collins rushed the conclusion of the book and we don't even get to really find out what happened to other characters or why. I don't mind who ended up with who at the end but it was the way it was written. As someone said.. we were just told but not shown. No emotion, no feeling, Just empty. Is that what katniss is meant to be feeling like?

Well it just sucks, I wish I had never continued to read your trilogy suzanne collins. I spent money on your books and you've just made it all a waste of time with your lack of emotion, lack of real story and a rushed ending. Poor. a BIG FAT F!
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Cloud on October 18, 2010
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While The Hunger Games and Catching Fire became more than books to me---defining the pinnacle of what a young-adult series can achieve---Mockingjay manages to find the frayed, tattered edge of every beloved aspect of the first two. It makes me wonder. If I like tomatoes and tomato sauce, why don't I like tomato juice?

I loved watching Katniss become a symbol of the revolution, her face on banners in revolting districts, but I hated her being explicitly called the Mockingjay because being labeled cheapened it. I found the constant voyeurism of the first two compelling, but in the third being watched meant preventing her from performing any real action. The need for cameras crippled her in a way they didn't before. Similarly, Katniss's game of loving whoever wasn't around got old in the third book, forcing Gale and Peeta into such resignation over their unrequited love that they argue for her love for the other. That conversation may have been the most disturbing thing in the series because of what it says about Katniss and how little she does despite how much she thinks.

That's what Mockingjay boiled down to for me. She didn't choose. She didn't act. She didn't take control. We waited through three books to see which boy she would choose, constantly provoking one while thinking of the other. The only reason she ended up with Peeta was because Gale had the bad luck of being involved with the bombs and was whisked out of the story. No one in their right mind would blame Gale for Prim's death because it was really Coin who planned the whole strike. The paragraph in which Katniss explains they were too similar proved meager gruel after three books of her affection for him.
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