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Outside Panem



One thing we love about the Hunger Games is that it has inspired many people of all ages to pick up a book and read! We are all big lovers of books and hope that your reading journey does not end within Panem. In that spirit, we wanted to step outside Panem and explore other great books out there. Consider this your hole in the fence.

We will review a variety of books, but will always explain why you, as a Hunger Games fan, might relate to them. The books we review are chosen by the staff of Down With the Capitol, and we receive no compensation for any book we feature. If you have read a great book that you think Hunger Games fans would enjoy, email us at [email protected] we would love to hear about it!


Across The Universe by Beth Revis

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Delirium By Lauren Oliver

Divergent By Veronica Roth

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle (Plus Interview)

Gone by Michael Grant

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Matched By Ally Condie

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Storm Siren by Mary Weber

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Kill Order by James Dashner

The Maze Runner By James Dashner

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Selection by Kiera Cass

White Horse by Alex Adams

Wither by Lauren DeStefano


Ratings Explanation:

Like the Gamemakers, we will rate the tributes (books) on a scale from 1 to 12, with a book falling in the 10 – 12 range being the absolute best. while we feel a book in the 1 – 3 range just doesn’t have the potential to stand up to its competitors in the arena.

Score: 1 – 3 This book could be faking us out, but most likely it is just not able to make us believe in it.
Score: 4 – 6 This book is not bad. Not entirely impressive, but still worth your time.
Score: 7 – 9 This book is interesting and shows great potential, however certain flaws keep us from placing it at the top of the pool.
Score: 10 – 12 This book is one of the finest we have seen, definitely worth betting on. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to read it!

Review Policy:

Want to be featured on Outside Panem?

The large number of visitors to Down With the Capitol, and those who read “Outside Panem,” are readers. Would you like us to do a review of your book? Down With the Capitol accepts books for reviews from publishing companies in both hard copy and electronic format. Please e-mail [email protected] more information. Acceptance of books does not guarantee review.

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