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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Hunger Games (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780545310604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545310604
  • ASIN: 0545310601
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12,871 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description
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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--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–The final installment of Suzanne Collins's trilogy sets Katniss in one more Hunger Game, but this time it is for world control. While it is a clever twist on the original plot, it means that there is less focus on the individual characters and more on political intrigue and large scale destruction. That said, Carolyn McCormick continues to breathe life into a less vibrant Katniss by showing her despair both at those she feels responsible for killing and and at her own motives and choices. This is an older, wiser, sadder, and very reluctant heroine, torn between revenge and compassion. McCormick captures these conflicts by changing the pitch and pacing of Katniss's voice. Katniss is both a pawn of the rebels and the victim of President Snow, who uses Peeta to try to control Katniss. Peeta's struggles are well evidenced in his voice, which goes from rage to puzzlement to an unsure return to sweetness. McCormick also makes the secondary characters—some malevolent, others benevolent, and many confused—very real with distinct voices and agendas/concerns. She acts like an outside chronicler in giving listeners just “the facts” but also respects the individuality and unique challenges of each of the main characters. A successful completion of a monumental series.–Edith Ching, University of Maryland, College Parkα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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I just cry inside at the end of the book I love it so much I feel like this to sometimes.
This book was so action packed and has very surprising twists to it that it keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
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This book was far to rushed to end the series, I felt like the story line just fizzled out.

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110 of 132 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.

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65 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Frances E. Rowe on October 2, 2010
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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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111 of 134 people found the following review helpful By AHodg47 on March 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've found on here that many are dismayed with the ending of The Hunger Games trilogy. My advice? Read it again in a year or two. Maybe it's going over your head. Or re-read it right now, with a friend. I read the entire trilogy in a week, and even at the age of 19 I found some themes were hard to understand or keep track of -- not just because of authorship, but because I was reading too quickly, was too tired, or needed to talk it out with someone. Luckily, my boyfriend read them with me and I had him to bounce ideas off of. Being able to discuss the book really helped with comprehension. I am a girl who loves books, don't get me wrong. I read all the time. But a friend always helps.

I have to say, I am very glad I read these books now, when I'm older. This is not a love story. This is a commentary on two starkly different political systems and a commentary on a soldier's mentality during war. Many complain of Katniss' helplessness. They complain she lost her strength and simply herp-derp'd through the last book like a robot. Alas, she did not. I know that I, at the age of 17, would not have been able to handle being the mascot of a bloody rebellion and potentially have my hands covered with the blood of thousands. Katniss was as strong as she could have been with everything hanging on her. I admire her greatly. Katniss Everdeen is the strongest fantasy heroine that girls in this day and age can find. Collins' story of a teenage girl from District 12 who has a habit of shouldering more than she can bear and over coming it is very feminist friendly. Girls, look to Katniss when you need strength, even in Mockingjay.

There are a few specific moments I would like to shed some light on.

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