Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide [Book Review]

  • Author: Emily Seife

  • Paperback: 128 pages   

  • Publisher: Scholastic Press

  • It's been a while ... I got a copy of The Hunger Games Tribute Guide to refresh my memory on what happened in the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy before watching the movie. I think calling it the "ultimate" guide is a bit of a stretch. It kind of reminded me of the play bills that you get at a theater. You get a high-level "Capitol" overview of the game (from how the tributes are chosen and groomed, up to just before the game starts) and pictures of the movie characters.  It's spoiler-free.

    Pictures: If you have been following the progress of the movie on the Web (even a little bit), you've probably already seen most of the pictures in the book (in stills or in the trailer). There is not much new to see. There are pictures of each tribute with a caption listing their name, district, gender, height and weapon of choice in the arena. Unfortunately, most of the tributes have no name listed. Even though many of the tributes were only referenced by district number in the book, it was still somewhat of a letdown to see "Tribute Girl" or "Tribute Boy" listed on most of the profile pictures.

    Having already read the book and seen most of the pictures, The Hunger Games Tribute Guide didn't really add much to my fan experience. I liked the The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion better.

    Recommended for:
    • People who have not read The Hunger Games
    • People who want The Hunger Games collector items  
    Everyone else:
    • Flip through it at the library or bookstore

    POLL: Why did you read THE HUNGER GAMES TRIBUTE GUIDE book?

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