Suzanne Collins is the author of the bestselling Underland Chronicles series, which started with Gregor the Overlander. Her groundbreaking young adult novels, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, were New York Times bestsellers, received wide praise, and were the basis for four popular films. She returned to the world of Panem with The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Year of the Jungle, her picture book based on the year her father was deployed in Vietnam, was published in 2013 to great critical acclaim. To date, her books have been published in fifty-three languages around the world.
In the final installment of Suzanne Collins's blockbuster trilogy, Katniss is forced to return to the Hunger Games arena again. But this time, the fate of the world is riding on the outcome. Narrator Carolyn McCormick voices Katniss's despair over those she feels are responsible for killing innocent people and her own tangled 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. She also makes the secondary characters-some malevolent, others benevolent, and many confused-very real with distinct voices. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Praise for The Hunger GamesA violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense. . . . I couldn't stop reading. --Stephen King, Entertainment WeeklyI was so obsessed with this book. . . . The Hunger Games is amazing.--Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight sagaBrilliantly plotted and perfectly paced.--John Green, The New York Times Book ReviewPraise for Mockingjay*The highly anticipated conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy does not disappoint. - BOOKLISTThe most compelling science-fiction saga of the past several years. - HORN BOOKThe trilogy balances seriousness with special effects, a fundamental furious darkness with fast-paced storytelling, so that the books manage to be simultaneously disturbing and fun. NYT BOOK REVIEWMockingjay is a fitting end to the series . . . and will have the same lasting resonance as William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Stephen King's The Stand. - SLJ