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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

Product Details

  • Series: The Hunger Games (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (September 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1
  • ISBN-13: 11
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Review 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 (Photo © Cap Pryor) Read
more 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
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