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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
Storm Siren by Mary Weber
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Kill Order by James Dashner
The Maze Runner By James Dashner
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
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] for more information. Acceptance of books does not guarantee review.

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