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184 of 203 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2011
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.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2012
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.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2012
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.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2012
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
This book had some interesting "asides" about aspects of the series. If one is interested in the effects of severe hunger, or details about different weapons, it could be useful. However, I found myself doubting the accuracy of any information after encountering numerous errors about the details of the series. For example, the author refers to Buttercup as "she" (Buttercup is a male cat). She claims Katniss' prep team was killed, that Prim was in the original group of children in the barricade in front of Snow's mansion, and that the closets in the Capitol can "create" clothing. There are also some strange uses of language, as when the author mentions that spears fell out of favor as weapons after firearms were "discovered." (I think she meant "invented.") So, if you're a hard-core fan and are willing to put up with biased and perhaps inaccurate information to get some more background material, it's passable. I hope someone else will write a better companion book, perhaps even Collins herself.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2012
Very little value added. I resold my copy on Amazon after reading 50 pp. and finding nothing of interest. There is no value added to reading this volume, which is just a quickie book written to make money off the book's success.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2012
Honestly I fell in love with the Hunger Games as soon as I read it. I already own the Tribute Guide and I was hoping to maybe see some more guides come out about the Hunger Games. I am WAY disappointed. The book is disgusting, 75% of it is about to kill a person with a sword, spear, or axe. Like in detail, and how to hold them. This isn't a GUIDE! Re-name this, "Guide to how to be an actual Hunger Games tribute", then maybe I would agree. But a companion? No way on earth. I don't even think the author read the series, I can point out numerous mistakes. He says District 13 is underground, and theres no way up. WRONG. Buttercup has free access and so does Gale and Katniss. This book is a waste of money, DON'T BUY IT! If you a huge Hunger Games fan like me and your looking for a good guide, get the Tribute Guide and wait for more. Don't get this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
This book is not intended for youngsters. Ms. Collins has written a better guide for fans of Hunger Games. I sugges that you look for that one if you're buying for a preteen or young teen.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
Let's call this book what it is: One Person's Social Comentary on the Hunger Games; it is NOT a compainion. I picked this up in my local bookstore just to look at it and see if it really was worth any salt. It isn't. The author makes a few interesting points in what I read before I placed the book back on the self; however, I would not recommend this for the younger set. It has the feeling that it is geared more towards a college student who is picking apart the story to see what they could make of all the "hidden messages" within the text.
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