Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
(The Hunger Games, Book 3)

74%

61 Critic Reviews

there is the romantic intrigue involving Katniss, Peeta and Gale, which comes to a resolution that, while it will break some hearts, feels right. In short, there's something here for nearly every reader, all of it completely engrossing.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The greatly anticipated final book in the New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Who do they think should pay for the unrest?

Katniss Everdeen.

The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins will have hearts racing, pages turning, and everyone talking about one of the biggest and most talked-about books and authors in recent publishing history!!!!
 

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Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from Indiana University with a double major in Drama and Telecommunications. Collins went on to receive an M.F.A. from New York University in dramatic writing. Since 1991, she has been a writer for children's television shows. She has worked on the staffs of several shows including Clarissa Explains it All, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Little Bear and Oswald. She also co-wrote the Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! and was the head writer for Scholastic Entertainment's Clifford's Puppy Days. Her books include When Charlie McButton Lost Power, The Underland Chronicles, and the Hunger Games Trilogy. Book one of this trilogy, The Hunger Games, became a major motion picture in 2012 with Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence portraying the main character of Katniss Everdeen.
 
Published August 24, 2010 by Scholastic Press. 404 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 61 | Positive: 44 | Negative: 17

Kirkus

Excellent
on Aug 24 2010

It will grab them and not let go, and if it leaves them with questions, well, then, it’s probably exactly the book Collins was hoping for, too.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 23 2010

there is the romantic intrigue involving Katniss, Peeta and Gale, which comes to a resolution that, while it will break some hearts, feels right. In short, there's something here for nearly every reader, all of it completely engrossing.

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NY Times

Excellent
on Sep 08 2010

Our voyeurism is fully engaged in these books, but so intelligently, adeptly engaged that it does not feel trashy or gratuitous.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Brett A on Jul 06 2015

Though Mockingjay may leave the reader feeling incomplete, it is a well-written if a slightly rushed book.

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Guardian

Excellent
on Nov 14 2014

Mockingjay gives the real feel of life within a war, where nothing is the same and you're haunted by the memories of two Hunger Games...This is the book that I had to force myself to take breaks from as the intensity and story completely captured me and I found it near impossible to continue with the rest of my life.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by El Camino Academy 6th Grade on Jul 09 2014

Mockingjay is a great book and also very suspenseful. This series are great novels created by Suzanne Collins. Mockingjay is an entertaining and suspenseful book that you can read wherever you go.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Pinkbookworm on Apr 06 2012

I would rate it a four on five. Not five, because the ending was quite disappointing; especially after so much build up and suspense. But, for Hunger Games fans, it's a must read, because as far as action books go, its pretty much flawless.

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Guardian

Above average
on Aug 16 2012

She wanted to bring all the loose threads together, even if the story wouldn't anymore be as gripping as the first, the real Hunger Games.

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Guardian

Excellent
on Apr 06 2012

Let's just say, before you buy your copy of Mockingjay, buy a few packets of Kleenex first!

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Courtney Webb on Aug 24 2010

This is a magnificent journey undertaken by unforgettable characters that will remain with the reader long after the last page has been turned. The last in this modern dystopian trilogy, Mockingjay is every bit as satisfying as the two prior titles in the series.

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WSJ online

Below average
Reviewed by Meghan Cox Gurdon on Aug 28 2010

The author's prose tends to be rather flat—Ms. Collins does much more telling than showing—but that won't impede her legions of fans as Katniss's story hurtles to its violent, if ultimately hopeful, conclusion.

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Dear Author

Below average
Reviewed by Jia on Aug 27 2010

Objectively, I think it is an excellent book, gripping and realistic. I think it accomplishes exactly what it set out to do. But it’s not the story I expected and it is the not the story I wanted to read.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Christina Durner on Apr 17 2012

Questions were left unanswered, problems were left unresolved, and the characters became loathsome with each passing page. In a nutshell, had I know that this novel would have been such a disappointment I would have never read the series to begin with.

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Examiner

Above average
on Feb 19 2012

Collins ends her trilogy with a note of satisfaction.

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AV Club

Excellent
on Sep 02 2010

The book’s final third makes it the best in the series.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 25 2010

Collins has kicked the brutal violence up a notch in an edge-of-your-seat plot.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Susan Carpenter on Aug 23 2010

..."Mockingjay" is...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.

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
on Aug 26 2010

In Katniss, Collins has crafted a heroine so fierce and tenacious that this reader will follow her anywhere.

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Bob Minzesheimer on Mar 01 2011

Mockingjay won't make much sense if you haven't read The Hunger Games (2008) and Catching Fire (2009), but Collins' fans, grown-ups included, will race to the end.

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Tor

Excellent
on Aug 26 2010

Collins must be applauded for Mockingjay, an emotionally wrenching conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy.

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Tampa Bay Times

Below average
on Sep 25 2010

It's almost as if she didn't allocate enough time or chapters to handle all her threads, which is a shame.

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Teen Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Aug 24 2010

Although the suspense in MOCKINGJAY is perhaps of a less obvious variety, it is no less palpable than in the previous trilogy installments. Palpable, too, is the anti-war sentiment, stronger here even than in Collins's earlier novels.

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SF Site

Above average

There are number of nerve-racking parts and the plot is not spelled out for you.

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About.com Bestsellers

Excellent
Reviewed by Mike Sullivan on Mar 19 2014

...Mockingjay is bloody brilliant. The end of The Hunger Games is dark as midnight with a faint spark left from the smoldering fire.

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Nights and Weekends

Above average
Reviewed by Kristin Dreyer Kramer on Feb 02 2015

In the end, Mockingjay is a rather perplexing end to a captivating series. Of course, if you’ve read (and enjoyed) the first two books in the series, you’ll want to check it out. But don’t go into it expecting a perfectly satisfying conclusion.

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Kidz World

Above average
on Sep 13 2010

While Collins is one of the best teen authors out there, Mockingjay is quite a lot to take in. So make sure you have the time and a clear head when you read it.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Tina Jordan on Aug 31 2010

...it occasionally made me flinch–but I also think Collins would not have been able to make her point about the futility of war unless she described it honestly. And real war isn’t guts and glory. It’s unspeakably horrible.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by NICOLE SPERLING on Aug 24 2010

Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Collins has kicked the brutal violence up a notch in an edge-of-your-seat plot that follows Katniss as she tries to fulfill her role, protect her mother and sister and, in the end, finally choose between her two greatest loves.

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io9

Excellent
on Aug 26 2010

Mockingjay proves the Hunger Games is must-read literature.

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The Ranting Dragon

Good
Reviewed by Manon Eileen on Oct 29 2010

You should read this book because you have already read the first two books of the trilogy! There’s no way you’re going to want to pass up this shocking conclusion.

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The Daily Fig

Above average
Reviewed by Blythe Robbins on Sep 24 2010

While Mockingjay isn’t as satisfying as the first two novels, it’s an equally addictive and compelling read because it adds essential pieces to The Hunger Games puzzle. No matter what are Mockingjay’s limitations, you definitely won’t walk away from the trilogy disappointed.

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Above average
on Feb 02 2015

While I enjoyed this book, Katniss’s depression, Peeta’s anger, and Gale’s obsession with war made this story more a social commentary on war rather than a typical dystopian story about teens who saved the world from destruction.

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The Celebrity Cafe

Good
Reviewed by Martha Espinoza on Feb 03 2013

Suzanne Collins focuses the right perspective and forces us, through Katniss' coming-of-age process, to look at things beyond the obvious. Not just as storytelling goes, but in general.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Susan Carpenter on Aug 23 2010

More maudlin than the first two books in the series, "Mockingjay" is also the most violent and bloody...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."

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Englewood Review of Books

Good
Reviewed by Jeni Newswanger-Smith on Oct 01 2010

Collins assumes her readers can deal with characters who are shades of gray. It’s a nice assumption in a market that is usually a bit more black and white. Ultimately, Mockingjay provides a satisfying, if disturbing, end to the trilogy.

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The Pacific Northwest Inlander

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah Hauge on Sep 15 2010

Collins sets a brisk pace, using present-tense narration and clean, cliffhanger-punctuated prose (save for the occasional information-dump as Katniss is caught up in political upheaval). The books are just plain fun to read.

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Greenwich Library

Good
Reviewed by Ed on Nov 24 2010

...it was a very well written book with a great story and plot line. It was one of my favorite books that I have read recently and it is a very exciting book.

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Knox News

Below average
Reviewed by Kathy Morrison on Oct 26 2010

The disappointment with "Mockingjay" hits primarily as Collins starts her home stretch. It's almost as if she didn't allocate enough time or chapters to handle all her threads. Not to spoil anything here, but characters crucial to Katniss' story die unexpectedly, with almost no looking back.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Josh P. on Jan 27 2014

Some of the key themes of the book are betrayal, revenge, and corruption and I think these are the major themes because they are all things that Katniss does and had to go through during the novel.

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by LemmoDilemmo on Mar 19 2014

Overall, Mockingjay is an immense letdown. Personality, subtlety, and closure are sacrificed for the all-too-prominent anti-war message Collins hurls at readers.

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Maryse's Book Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Maryse on Jun 04 2011

Suzanne Collings took me to the depths of hell and then left me there. Oh she tried pulling me back out towards the end, but I had become so numb that I couldn’t reach her. The author made her journey to the end, but I was still struggling to see the light.

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Reading Lark

Excellent
Reviewed by Dazzling Mind of Lark Andrea on Jun 23 2012

Details got a little vague and drawn out after the crescendo moment, and it all felt a little anticlimactic... I was left wondering how life could go on normally, given what happened, and I think it would have felt like that to Katniss too. Brilliant but brutal.

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The Book Smugglers

Above average
Reviewed by Thea on Sep 01 2010

While I did love the gloves coming off, so to speak, and the sharp characterizations, I do think that Mockingjay stumbles in the writing department. Mockingjay is undeniably heavy-handed with it’s very clear Messages...That criticism aside, I think Mockingjay was a fitting, beautifully tragic end to a poignant series.

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Book Journey

Below average
on Feb 02 2015

I did really like the book – a lot actually, I just didn’t love it. What started out to be an exciting long anticipated read for me fell in my expectations as it neared the end and the potential for a mind-blowing ending to this series was lost. At least for me.

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Fangs For The Fantasy

Excellent
Reviewed by Sparky on Dec 21 2011

This is gritty - and it’s real and that is what makes this trilogy both powerful and iconic. It both restores my faith in YA and makes me side-eye the drek we have been reading all the more.

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Above average
on Sep 28 2014

And the book offers lots of food for thought on what it means to become a symbol to oppressed people, how war propaganda can sway people, what people will endure to be free of oppression...

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My Shelf Confessions

Good
Reviewed by April on Mar 01 2013

The ending was heartbreaking and beautiful. I think that’s why I loved it so much. As my friend Jennifer told me – it’s realistic. I agree, and I wouldn’t have wanted it to end in some sappy “ happy ever after” that would’ve come off fake and untrue...

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Literary Escapism

Above average
Reviewed by Jackie on Nov 27 2013

However, even with all these thoughts running through my head, Mockingjay was still a captivating read. It was hard for me to put the story aside, to concentrate on other things and not drown myself in the words.

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The Speculative Scotsman

Above average
Reviewed by Niall Alexander on Sep 17 2010

It has its faults, then, just as Catching Fire and indeed - to a lesser extent - the first book in the series, but on the whole, Mockingjay makes for a fitting curtain call to The Hunger Games...

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SamDowning.com

Below average
on Sep 19 2010

Collins’s writing style is as utilitarian as ever, though the support characters – notably Boggs, Finnick and Plutarch – are fuller than they’ve been in previous books. Katniss, as well as being a self-pitying little thing, is not a subtle heroine...

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Forever Young Adult

Below average
Reviewed by John Harney on Nov 25 2011

I wanted to admire Collins for the ending, but I'm not convinced she meant it to work out the way it did. I really, really don't think it was all masterminded. I think to a certain extent she said "eff this" and moved on.

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Parental Book Reviews

Below average
on Feb 02 2015

The entire book lacked any hope for a better future/life, and I found it very depressing. But, if you've read the other two, you have to read it, so don't worry about what I thought! It's what you think that matters!

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The Worm Hole

Above average
on Aug 04 2014

Mockingjay is very good, it’s just not excellent. And in many ways, Katniss does not get to choose. Read it – you should end the series – but be aware of the issues.

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The Infinite Curio

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Reviewed by Kay on Apr 01 2012

There’s a lot of heartbreak in Mockingjay, even more than in the previous books. I am sure some readers found it gratuitous, but for me, it was realistic : we don’t choose who goes first, nor do we choose how or why. And so it is in the world of Panem.

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SF Reader

Above average
on May 16 2012

It attempted to focus on events that were outside of Katniss' story, when it should have remained exclusively about Katniss.

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Presenting Lenore

Good
Reviewed by Lenore Appelhans on Aug 29 2010

I’m definitely going to have to reread all three books carefully, but for now, I am giving MOCKINGJAY 4 Zombie Chickens (HG and CF both would get 5, if you’re wondering). It might just be that I am slightly disapointed right now because I overhyped this so much. Time will tell!

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Daulton Books

Above average
Reviewed by John on Jul 03 2014

Bottom line, if you read the first two, you should read this one. It really is interesting, and it’s a light read. You get resolution, which, since the first one was so amazing and the second one so … perfectly fine, you definitely will appreciate the closure.

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Fixed On Fantasy

Excellent
Reviewed by Josh on Apr 04 2012

While The Hunger Games and Catching Fire are excellent books, I still had some fundamental criticisms. Mockingjay for me however, was absolutely flawless...

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The Bookworms

Excellent
on Apr 30 2012

For anyone who hasn’t read the series, start now! I can say the same for readers who haven’t picked up Mockingjay yet. Its an epic story and something you shouldn’t pass up. You will laugh, fight, and cry with Katniss throughout all of her challenges, relationships, and personal conflict. I can’t recommend it enough!

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Book Aunt

Excellent
Reviewed by Kate Coombs on Aug 25 2010

Reviewers have commented that Catching Fire managed to be a better book than The Hunger Games, and now Suzanne Collins pulls off the impossible: Mockingjay takes it a step higher, ending this trilogy powerfully, thought provokingly, achingly well.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Steph on Aug 25 2010

Really, I’m in awe. This is a fucking powerful piece of work. Unexpected, breathtaking, hilarious, heart-wrenching, all the while graceful. Sometimes you get lucky to come across something like this.

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I'm sorry that this has to be done; the user score is far too high for this disappointing finale to the Hunger Games Trilogy. I loved the first book, and I believe it is one of the only modern book...

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