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2.0 out of 5 stars
More of the same, April 22 2012
Suzanee Collins has obviously read up on her Roman history because the parallels between the actual history of Rome and the fictional history of Panem are just to similar to be coincidental. When I started reading book one it began as an interesting read however halfway through it dawned on me that this was a simply a fictionalized re-telling of the fall of the Roman empire with some teen romance thrown into the mix. To be fair to the author I read books two and three and found them to be basically a formulaic teen love triangle that brought little of interest to the table. If all the teens and tweens currently swooning over Collins' work and the recently released movie want a really good read I suggest that they pick up Gibbons' classic however since it is a 6 volume history lacking the teen angst and romantic triangles found in Panem and since it is based on reality and uses of lots of difficult multi-syllabic words I sincerely doubt that many will take me up on the offer. Too bad they may learned a little more than simply whether or not Katniss ends up with Gale or Peeta in the end.