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Panem Companion

The Panem Companion - V. Arrow Seen at my blog, Scott Reads It I expected The Panem Companion to be a quick, short fun analysis about Panem and The Hunger Games. I had already read The Girl On Fire and I was looking for something Hunger Games related to pass the time. Unfortunately The Panem Companion wasn't exactly a great book to read in my free time and it soon became a chore to read. If it wasn't so short, I would have DNFed faster than you can say Mississippi. There is spoilers for The Hunger Games in this review! The Panem Companion's goal is to expand on The Hunger Games and provide further insight on it's world. The problem is that The Hunger Games is a pretty straight forward series and doesn't need much explanation. V. Arrow looks way too much into the text and is fishing for something deeper. For most of the book, Arrow was searching for meaning in such simplistic, obvious things that have no deeper meaning. It reminds me of when my English professor would ask us the significance of such arbitrary details. Not everything is a metaphor for something deeper, most things are supposed to be taken literally. Did Suzanne Collins really write THG to discuss sexuality? I didn't think so yet the author spends pages discussing the importance of sexuality in this series. I think alot of the topics covered in this book are ridiculous and don't really pertain to this series. There is too much extrapolating and inferring on V. Arrow's part. I don't mind theories as long as they are properly supported using evidence from the text. This book claims that Peeta's father could be Prim's baby daddy, I'm not even kidding! I couldn't make up something that ridiculous and nonsensical on my own. The author's proof was virtually non-existent and whatever proof the author had was pretty meaningless. I know it wasn't intentional but the whole Prim baby daddy gave me a good laugh. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I disagree with most of what Arrow said. He kept on alluding to the fact that Peeta is feminine, he doesn't say it exactly but he kind of casually indicates it. Sure Peeta isn't a killer but how does that make him feminine? The author also calls Finnick feminine multiple times which was pretty repetitive. V. Arrow is entitled to her own opinion but she needed to back up her ideas better because her evidence was weak and underdeveloped. Then towards the end is where I felt like tossing my kindle across the room. The author claims that President Snow wasn't evil and that he was a product of his environment! That is such B.S., Snow killed thousands of people and didn't bother him in the slightest bit. The author instead places the blame for Prim's death on Katniss's shoulders for volunteering as a tribute. WTF! That makes no sense at all, that is so invalid! Overall, The Panem Companion was way too academic and tedious for my taste. It can't help that V. Arrow's arguments are weakly supported, ridiculous, and just pointless. This book is supposed to be serious but it's hard to take such nonsense seriously (*cough cough* Prim's Baby Daddy!). Also this book was extremely repetitive, the author kept on mentioning how Katniss doesn't describe people thoroughly at least 100 times. If you've read The Girl On Fire, I wouldn't really bother with this companion because many of the topics in this book are duplicated. The Girl On Fire is a far better analysis of THG and it was way more entertaining. Thank you to Smart Pop for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review, this did not affect my opinion or rating of this book at all.