Review and Giveaway: 'Guide to The Hunger Games' Monday 16 April, 2012
With Hunger Games mania at an all-time high, there are quite a few unofficial guides and companions floating around out there (with more on the way, to be sure), but Caroline Carpenter’s Guide to The Hunger Games still manages to stand out from the crowd. Guide to The Hunger Games cover all three books in the trilogy, and it’s written in an extremely engaging and interactive way that seems suited to both older and younger readers of the series. It’s academic, yes, but also very approachable.
From dystopias and Cinna’s fashions to the parallels between District 11 and the Old South, Carpenter touches on a number of intriguing topics and leaves very few stones unturned. Her Guide includes thoughtful and thorough character studies, detailed information about each district in Panem, and even a “How to Survive the Hunger Games” manual. Many fans will appreciate the Team Peeta vs. Team Gale section, though Carpenter emphasizes that romance is “far from being the main plot point of the series.” She reminds us that — whether we like it or not — love triangles are common in many stories and draws some fascinating comparisons between The Hunger Games and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.
Each chapter includes a number of “fact boxes” full of interesting trivia tidbits and historical information that complement and enhance Carpenter’s analysis. For example, in a fact box that appears at the end of her chapter on the Third Quarter Quell, she reminds us that human sacrifice isn’t a new concept and likens President Snow’s Panem to the ancient Aztecs, for whom sacrifices were commonplace. Another fact box pops up in her District 13 chapter and includes examples of other fictional subterranean societies.
Perhaps the most unique elements of Guide to The Hunger Games are the fun, interactive activities sprinkled throughout the book. There are quizzes for the reader to take to test his or her knowledge of The Hunger Games as well as codes to crack and clever personal ads with “mystery authors” to identify. The guide even concludes with a space in which one can write a “personal review” of the trilogy.
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