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The World of the Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy) Hardcover – March 23, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Hunger Games Trilogy
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; 1st edition (March 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545425123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545425124
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katniss unexpectedly became head of her household. She hunts for game to feed her family. Prim won’t let her sister go...

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Praise for The Hunger Games

#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Horn Book Fanfare
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2008
A Booklist Editors' Choice
A New York Times Notable Book of 2008
A Kirkus Best Book of 2008
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
A USA Today Bestseller

"[The Hunger Games] is a violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense... I couldn't stop reading." — Stephen King, Entertainment Tonight

"I was so obsessed with this book that I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn't have to stop reading... The Hunger Games is amazing." — Stephanie Meyer

"[The Hunger Games] is a great book, and very thought-provoking. Read this along with your teen and discuss it." — Charlaine Harris

"Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced." — John Green, New York Times Book Review

"A plot-driven blend of suspense, science fiction, and romance." — USA Today

"Enthralling, imaginative and creepy." — Los Angeles Times

"{A} superb tale" — Booklist, starred review

"Readers will wait eagerly to learn more." — Publishers Weekly, starred review


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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In case you are one of the four people who haven't heard about "The Hunger Games," it's a dystopian book/movie series set in a future North America.

So I was hoping that "The World of the Hunger Games" would further explain the backstory, creatures and civilization of Suzanne Collins' universe. However, the book is really more of an illustrated storybook -- it has a a LOT of photographs, a nearly-full plot recounting, and a hefty dose of padding (how many full-page quotes are we gonna get?).

There's not a lot of new information, or in-depth description of the actual "world" of the Hunger Games. There are a few interesting descriptions, like the explanations of tracker jackers, jabberjays and wolf mutts, or the explanation about the fashions in the Capitol. However, those interesting bits are few and far between... literally.

About half of the book is made up of various color pictures from the movie, which usually take up one or two pages apiece -- and they can go on for four or five pages. Occasionally there's a quote from one of the characters (or occasionally from Suzanne Collins herself), but the bulk of it is made up of photos. Nice photos, but most are not "world of" material.

Most of the text is recounting the plot overall, and incredibly obvious observations like "Katniss will do anything to protect [Prim]." Yes, thank you, that becomes quite clear when you actually see what happens IN THE PLOT. It's sort of like a Cliffs Notes version of "The Hunger Games." It has the entire story, with key spoiler plot points left out, from beginning to end. It might be a nice accompaniment for people who are really desperate to know the general outcome of the plot before seeing the movie (or reading the book).
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Ward on March 25, 2012
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I wanted to rate this book lower than I did, because it didn't live up to any of my hopes. I was thinking we'd get detailed information that is not found in the book, and I was totally wrong. If you are a loyal fan looking for maps, backstories, or anything else that you can't glean from reading the series or even from seeing the film, do not waste your money. The quotes from Collins may be new, but they aren't giving any information that's not in the book and/or movie. It's basically a summary of the film with lots and lots (and lots) of pictures. If you are interested in seeing the film or reading the books first, please don't pick this up if you don't want things to be spoiled. On the flip side, if you're sensitive and are worried about the violence in the film, you might do well with this little companion instead. Obviously it's not a copy of the script, but it hits all the main points and even includes some of the jokes and funny moments with lots of visuals to draw you in.

Despite my upset, as someone who really enjoyed the film, I have to admit that the stills they picked are nice. Some of my favorite moments are included, and I have to say that it's nice to be able to relive them quickly and clearly with this book. The photo choice is what saved this from being 2 stars.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brian Fitzpatrick on March 23, 2012
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This book is fine for what it is - a movie companion. But when I preordered this title back in January it was described here as sort of an atlas of Panem, the official one from Scholastic, offering maps of the districts, the history of the conflict, descriptions of the districts' people and products, etc. In other words, the background of the world in which the story takes place. While fine on it's own, this isn't what I thought I was ordering.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles P. Nauroth on March 8, 2013
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It tells you a lot about the moive and book. Troughout the hole book they quote from the first "hunger games" book and just put pictures with the quote.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tabitha on January 27, 2013
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Nothing not already mentioned in the first book or showed in the movie. I wouldn't recommend to anyone who has already read the book or seen the movie
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vkolks on September 9, 2012
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I liked the book.But any fan that has read the books more then once will realize in the second chapter that the book just repeats information from the book. However I did enjoy the pictures and the quotes from Suzanne Collins. Out of ten,I give it a 6.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2012
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This is one of these books that should remain on paper and not on Kindle. Did not translate well to the medium. I actually ended up buying the book in at Barnes and Noble.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By becky on August 19, 2012
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I must admit that it was a nice storybook but it did not tell me anything that i hadnt got from the actual book.
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