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The Hunger Games Box Set: Foil Edition Paperback – September 30, 2014
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Praise for THE HUNGER GAMES
“I couldn't stop reading." --Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
“The Hunger Games is amazing.” --Stephenie Meyer
“Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced.” --John Green, The New York Times Book Review
Praise for CATCHING FIRE
“Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power." --Time Magazine
“Collins expertly blends fantasy, romance and political intrigue." --People Magazine
Praise for MOCKINGJAY
“Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire." --Entertainment Weekly
“Suspenseful... Collins' fans, grown-ups included, will race to the end." --USA Today
“At its best the trilogy channels the political passion of 1984, the memorable violence of A Clockwork Orange, the imaginative ambience of The Chronicles of Narnia and the detailed inventiveness of Harry Potter." --New York Times Book Review
“Unfolding in Collins' engaging, intelligent prose and assembled into chapters that end with didn't-see-that-coming cliffhangers, this finale is every bit the pressure cooker of its forebears. [Mockingjay] is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow." --Los Angeles Times
* “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." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
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In the society that Suzanne Collins has exquisitely crafted, the districts are essentially broken down by their main source of commerce and lorded over by the oppressive capital city, and this type of televised violence and barbarity is considered totally normal and accepted for what it is, a grim reminder of darker days...
There's almost a creepy parallel here between how are own society is progressing and the influence that media and government have in our lives.
But enough of the doom/gloom thoughts. This is a wonderful read that nobody should pass up.
So onto the narrator, while Carolyn McCormick makes for a great narrator, her tones and inflections were great for other characters, she didn't make a good Katniss. She made Katniss sound too old, when she is just a teen! I really think that they should have cast someone a little younger sounding because Katniss came across as too jaded. She did make a great Effie though!!!
Despite this, I would still absolutely recommend the audio to people. This series is one of a kind and no matter which way you read it you will instantly love it!!!
This book much like the first reads like it was meant to be turned into a movie. After watching a part of the Hunger Games movie I can't say that I expect much in that direction. Although to be fair, that isn't the Authors fault.
A good read, but lacking in the depth the make it a great read. Which sometimes just what the Doctor Ordered.
But the first two books were good right? YES. So, from there you're probably left thinking, "Now we have a team of the most proven, charismatic, skilled assassins escape, join a rebellion, and get ready to use their leadership and warfare skills to bring an end to hundreds of years of horrible oppression! Within that is a tense love triangle and characters evolving in important ways. Just imagine how great this could have been! How could you go wrong with such a promising premise?! But it does go wrong. If you liked the first books, this probably *isn't the ending you're searching for*. It shows Collins is skilled when dealing with a smaller story with a more focussed group of characters, but something as large in scope as a whole WAR is outside her comfort zone.
In the end, the story arc of Katnis Everdeen is not satisfying. Mockingjay spends time in the wrong places, has characters' story arcs end abruptly without payoff or meaning, and it is even logically flawed. Even when trying to make an anti-war point, it trips over its own feet. Instead it just paints a picture of a situation where war is necessary to bring peace, and rather than admit that fact, it tries to rearrange the events of the ending to show "See, both sides shouldn't be fighting!" What? I wish this book could get an "undo", and we could get a do-over.
Is this book Real or not Real? I wish, not real. Sad. Hopefully whoever makes the Mockingjay MOVIE will say, "Thanks for the first two books, we'll take it from here."