The Gamemakers at Scholastic have been generous to fans hungry for more books about the movies. On Feb. 7, we got The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-in Edition, The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion, and The Hunger Games Tribute Guide.
Now, just in time for the movie, The World of the Hunger Games, the fourth and final tie-in book — at least until the Catching Fire movie comes out — has arrived today on a silver parachute. While the squeal-worthy Official Illustrated Movie Companion offered an incredible behind-the-scenes look at the real-life production of the film, World is an in-depth look at the fictional world of Panem — think of it as your Panem tour guide. (No, there’s still no official map!)
Complete with a glossary — (quick! who’s Atala?) — and new quotes from author Suzanne Collins, The World of the Hunger Games also delves into the dangers of the Arena. Actually, one of the more interesting chapters has to do with “Perils of the Hunger Games,” which include the Cornucopia, fear, injuries, alliances, defiance, rule changes, love, lies, and “last move.” Another great chapter features the mutated “creatures” of the arena. Proud members of Team Peeta and Team Gale might appreciate a brief section called “The Game of Love.”
On an aesthetic note, The World of the Hunger Games is the most attractive of the official tie-ins. Some of the others were a bit flimsy and grainy, but this one is more collectible. Plus, it’s the perfect size, so it’s convenient to take to the theater this weekend in case you want to educate yourself before entering the Arena.
Happy Hunger Games!