The True Fan's Hunger Games Companion

The Panem Companion

An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, From Mellark Bakery to Mockingjays

By V. Arrow

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Go deeper into the home of the Hunger Games with the creator of the best-known fan map of Panem

  • What does Panem look like?
  • How does Panem define race?
  • How do Panem’s districts reflect the major themes of the trilogy?
  • What allusions to our world are found in Panem names like Finnick, Johanna, Beetee, Cinna, Everdeen, and Mellark?

The Panem Companion gives fresh insight into Suzanne Collins’ trilogy by looking at the world of the Hunger Games and the forces that kept its citizens divided since the First Rebellion. With a blend of academic insight and true fan passion, V. Arrow explores how Panem could have evolved from the America we know today and uses textual clues to piece together Panem’s beliefs about class, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, and more.

Includes an extensive name lexicon and color-illustrated unofficial map

“If other companions are Hunger Games 101, this is the grad school class.”
—Leah Wilson, editor of The Girl Who Was on Fire

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Return to Panem with author V. Arrow
Posted November 26th

Each season we announce our new titles individually, each in their own post, to give you a little extra background behind the book. If you’ve missed any, you can check them all out here. All of Fall 2012′s intro posts are here.

For The Panem Companion, our latest companion book, on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy (from Mellark Bakery to Mockingjays), we’ve asked the book’s author, V. Arrow, to write the intro post. Read her thoughts on writing The Panem Companion below! And don’t forget, you can sign up on the book page...

San Diego Comic-Con 2014
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Location (#4300 – Exhibit Hall, Entrance F)

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Hunger Games
Posted November 22nd

Between that white beard and a name like “Snow,” the citizens of Panem probably thought they were getting a Santa figure for president.

Little did they know his favorite celebration is the Hunger Games. Bring some much-needed holiday cheer to your favorite Panem-ites with these goodie ideas.

Mockingjay Knee-High Socks. Fashionable and practical for wearing to archery training. The Hunger Games Miniature Book Necklace. Take your favorite book wherever you go. (If you prefer Catching Fire or Mockingjay to the first book, they’re also available.) Victor Earrings. Show your District 12 pride. Peeta’s Pearl Necklace. Take a page form Peeta’s...

What People Are Saying

Witty, insightful, passionate, engaging, highly readable and with keen attention to detail: V. Arrow’s The Panem Companion is all of this and more . . . a true gem: exhaustively researched and documented, it’s an academic text that’s just as suitable for lay fans. Arrow is fastidious in her research, and diligently distinguishes cannon from informed inferences and fan theories. While you may not agree with all of her conclusions, Arrow never tries to pull a fast one by stretching the facts to support her interpretation of the text.

— V is for Vegan

There aren’t many YA companion books out there that treat the source material with as much reverence and the fans with as much intellectual regard. . . . Knowing what we know about the fandom . . . it's quite heartwarming knowing the author feels what you feel and understands what the books mean to us emotionally.

— Welcome to District 12, a Hunger Games fansite

. . . written by an author who has her finger on the pulse of the fandom . . . [Arrow] knows what we want to read about and delivers it in a way that's at once intelligent, approachable, and deep.

— HG Fireside Chat, a Hunger Games podcast

My compliments to V. Arrow in putting forth so many investigative hours to present a book to the public that will bring new depth and meaning to die-hard fans of the series. . . . An informative and well-researched analysis of the world Collins created, and an exploration into some of the parallels between Panem and our current society.

—, a Hunger Games fansite

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