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The Hunger Games Companion: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series [Paperback]

Lois H. Gresh , Gresh

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2011 Pages: 256 Publisher: St. Martins Griffin The Ultimate companion guide to the blockbusterHunger Games trilogyFor all those who Adore Katniss andPeeta And can not get enough This companion guide tothe the Wildly popularHunger Gamesseries is a must-read and a terrific gift.Go deeper into the post-apocalyptic world created by Suzanne Collins than you ever thought possible-an alternative future where boys and girls are chosen from twelve districts to compete in The Hunger Games. atelevisedfight-to -the-death.When sixteen-year-old Katniss learns that herlittle sister has been chosen. Kat steps up to fight in her place-and the games begin. This unauthorized guide takes the reader behind the stage. The Hunger Games Companion includes fascinating background facts about the action in all three books. a revealing biography of the author. and amazing insights ...

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Amazon.com: 2.6 out of 5 stars  32 reviews
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled by Lois Gresh-only reviewers 12 Nov 2011
By Crystal Watanabe - Published on Amazon.com
UPDATE: I have to say, I am not as jaded about Amazon's reviews after seeing that they removed all 8 reviews before mine that looked suspiciously like they were written all by the same person, giving the book 5 stars and boosting its rating.

I write this review not because I have some kind of thing against the author, but because I honestly believe that people should be warned about this book. I was given an ARC to review and was shocked at the book's content. Find my full review by Googling the title and "mockingjay".

While the other glorious reviews praise how much this book is about The Hunger Games, let's get real here. The book is BARELY about The Hunger Games. The chapter on Tributes is about Spartacus. The chapter on weapons is a disgusting how-to on how to kill a person. The chapter on torture gives you disgusting accounts of botched executions by electric chair, describing frying skin, eyeballs popping out of sockets, and other disgusting details that don't directly relate to the book.

It reads like a textbook on the details behind the world of Panem but does NOT mention anything about district specialties, whether you really can eat pine and what it does for you nutritionally, compiled facts about characters, or a theoretical map of Panem. These are things I would expect and want in a Hunger Games Companion, but they are nowhere to be found in this book.

If you want to hand your 14 year old a book telling you how to make exploding arrowheads, how to properly hold an axe, and how to kill someone with a spear, by all means, this is the book you're looking for. Otherwise, wait for the official one. I know I almost vomited reading this book.

And on that note, examine the suspicious activity on the reviews on Lois Gresh's books. If you look at the 5 star reviews on her Twilight Companion, which got completely ROASTED by that fandom, they're mostly from anonymously protected kids under 13 with perfect grammar or people who ONLY review Lois Gresh books. All the reviewers preceding mine have only reviewed Lois Gresh books.
39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading 4 Feb 2012
By SCurry - Published on Amazon.com
There are Hunger Games SPOILERS included in this.

Being an avid fan of The Hunger Games series, I perused this book at the local bookstore. Thankfully I did that prior to purchasing it because all in all, I feel that buying the book would be a waste of one's money.
While the author brings up some interesting points, her ideas are really just that: her own ideas and opinions. Calling this a "companion" to Collins' series is completely false. At times I wondered if Gresh had even truly read the books because she had many glaring inconsistencies with the books' plots.
As another reviewer mentioned, the Quarter Quells were not always the same; only the one in Catching Fire picked tributes from among the existing victors. Also, Gresh seemed to have skimmed the information available in the books regarding District 13. She repeatedly claimed that it only existed underground and that nobody was able to come above ground. However, in the books, Buttercup comes and goes through a window *above the ground* in Katniss's family's room, Katniss and Gale are allowed to hunt outside and give the meat to the cooking staff, and some of the propos were filmed under a tree outside. Somehow Gresh missed these details.
She also mentioned a theory that 13 was allied with the Capital and that's why they didn't help the other districts. In the book, Collins wrote that many of the survivors of the rebellion had no knowledge of their military utilities and that their main goal was rebuilding so that they could eventually help and actually be successful.
I did not finish the book because I still wasn't enjoying it after an hour spent reading it. However, even though I occasionally skimmed the more unsavory chapters (such as the one telling the potentially young readers how to throw different weapons), I still found enough plot errors to really question Gresh's reading comprehension abilities.
While the historical comparisons were interesting, she dwelled mostly on them rather than actually tying in the Hunger Games in depth. While the weapons chapter did explain what the different weapons were, she skimmed over some of the most used weapons (tridents--like Finnick favored--were lumped in with spears and hardly given attention even though main characters spoke of the trident more often than spears). When talking about the arenas in the series, she gave more attention to the set up of the Roman arenas. I can read about the Colosseum in history books or online; I would have preferred her own drawings about how she felt the Hunger Games arenas looked.
I feel as though the title of the book is erroneous and misleading. Gresh should have named her work "My Opinions on Historical and Current Events and Their Relation to the Hunger Games." This was NOT a companion to the series and it is definitely not child-appropriate (though the series does contain violence so they could probably handle it; I just wouldn't want to give the book to a child personally). Overall, Gresh misses the mark here and true Hunger Games fans would likely be disappointed with her inability to comprehend the plot points of Collins' series.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No New Information or Insight into the Series 3 Mar 2012
By Eliza79 - Published on Amazon.com
This book was disappointing and misleading.
As a fan of the series, I was hoping to read more about the Hunger Games characters and the world of Panem --- and instead, it contained a bunch of side notes about real-life historical "parallels" and such insights as "How the Body Eats Itself" (the biological process of starvation) as well as "Hype over Substance", a rundown of some modern-day reality shows... Um, Okay.
Readers of the Hunger Games books want to be further immersed in the imagined world of Panem - not given information on real-life examples of "killer kids".
After all, I didn't get into the series because I am curious about historical killing techniques, weaponry, or human survival instincts-- I became absorbed in the world itself and with the characters who inhabit it!
...and this book does nothing to illuminate that.
14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain worthless. 14 Jan 2012
By Julieanne - Published on Amazon.com
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One star is frankly too many. This book has nothing to do with the Hunger Games trilogy. It is a disorganized collection of politically biased, often factually incorrect, ramblings on bad acts in human history. There is NO analysis or exploration of the Hunger Games books, characters, etc. If you make the mistake of buying this, remember that what is presented as fact is very often slanted, incomplete, or just plain wrong. Save your money. Go to McDonald's; it will contribute more to your life. I wish I had.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read? Not really. 17 Aug 2013
By SayWhat1918 - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book while on vacation a while back and did not get around to reading it until now. And all I have to say is....damn, I wasted my time with this one. It felt a bit like reading the work of some juvenile teen or child or whatnot. Although Gresh has clearly done a lot of research, I felt it bogged down the book immensely. Also, I felt Gresh tended to write in a generalized manner, like she couldn't really make up her mind on what she wanted to say, like she had difficulty in getting her point(s) across. Just really unsure of herself.

And it bothered me that she couldn't really write seriously about how terrible the government in Panem was and how Snow was a terrible person, or how either of them compare to real world situations. I absolutely hated her overusage of the word "evil", especially when she threw it in with phrases like "evil government" and "evil people", etc. Or just repeating herself in the same paragraph with the same words continuously when "comparing" The Hunger Games to the real world.

Overall, just childish writing coming from a grown woman. And here I thought the Twilight series was bad enough....
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