Publication Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Here is the ultimate guide to the twenty-four Tributes participating in Panem's 74th annual Hunger Games. Follow the Tributes' journey from the Reaping to the Games, with a look at all the highlights along the way--the Tribute Parade, the stations of the Training Center, and the interviews with Caesar Flickerman. Plus you'll find profiles of President Snow and Seneca Crane, portraits of each tribute, and detailed information on each district's industry. This unique guide to the tributes contains never-before-seen photos and quotes from the film, and is a must-have for any Hunger Games fan.
I was so excited to read this book! From the moment it was first announced, I was almost crazy with the knowledge that when I read this book, I would finally be able to know more about the tributes, their districts, and the film--all things promised in the description. Sadly, it didn't hold up to its promise.
At most, this book is a lavishly-worded summary of the first few chapters of The Hunger Games. Instead of a tribute guide, we hardly learn anything about the tributes that we haven't already been told in the books. Tributes without names remain nameless. Weapons used in the games are a mystery, unless they were mentioned in the story. And instead of following "the tributes' journey from the Reaping to the Games" like promised, we only follow Katniss' and Peeta's journey; not bad, except that their journey only includes things that we've already read about.
I was upset to find that the "detailed information on each district's industry" is actually just a sentence or two about each district, and that except for a handful (under 12), even the "never-before-seen" photos--while nice to look at--were already available for free online weeks before the book came out (months, in some cases). I also have a bone to pick about the tributes' photos, but I think that would just be adding more flame to the fire.
On the positive side, the photos that were actually new to me, were of some pretty great scenes. These include: a photo of Katniss getting a blood test before the Reaping (something added in for the movie), the first photo I've seen of Katniss and Prim's mother at the Reaping, good headshots of Katniss and Peeta in their chariot outfits, a picture of Katniss' room in the Capitol, a new training center pic, katniss putting together a snare, two pictures from the interviews, a few close-up shots of some of the weapons in the training center, and one pic of Katniss in-flight, on the way to the arena.
In conclusion, this book didn't really add anything to my knowledge base of The Hunger Games, and it didn't sate my desire for all things Hunger Games. I think this is a book you would buy if you are: a) looking for something to refresh your memory of the story without having to read the actual book, or b) an uber fan (like me) who likes to have every Hunger Games related item ever created. I'm so sad that I had to begin this Hunger Games countdown with a negative review, but I just cannot recommend this book to anyone else.
Luckily I review the Official Illustrated Movie Companion tomorrow, and THAT is a book you want to get your hands on!
...you want a refresher of THG's plot, or you want to add it to your collection.
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