Recently, Creek Stewart sent me a copy of his latest book entitled, “The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide” to review.
In this article, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about the book, what my opinion of it is and how you can win your own copy…
First off, for those not familiar with Creek, he is the author of Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit. He’s also a regular contributor to the popular blog, The Art of Manliness as well as the owner of Willow Haven Outdoor — a leading survival and preparedness training facility in central Indiana.
As someone who’s been practicing wilderness survival skills for some time now, when I first saw this, I thought it was going to be another one of those crappy wilderness survival books I’ve been seeing on the book shelves lately. That is, they take a popular personality (in this case, Katniss from the Hunger Games books/movie), and uses it to sell a book of “survival” skills that are just another rehash of all the other basic survival skills’ books out there — in other words, nothing new.
This book’s not like that.
Not only does the book show some unique skills I don’t typically find elsewhere (debris “nests”, hammock A-Frames, natural rain collectors etc) but it also has some new ones I haven’t seen (like the snow kabob) and it does all of this in an entertaining way by interweaving the cool survival stories and themes that are in the Hunger Games books (the movie didn’t show much of that unfortunately).
Who is this book for?
Although from reading the cover you might think that this book is only for young adults or fans of the Hunger Games series, but it’s actually full of solid survival info that applies to anyone interested in that kind of stuff (like most of you guys ).
Having said that, if you have a friend (or kid) that loves Hunger Games, this is a great way to get them into learning about wilderness survival. In fact, I could totally see this book as required reading for girl (and boy) scouts. I know when my girls get old enough to appreciate the Hunger Games books, I’m definitely going to use this book as required reading for them too.
Here are the contents of the book by chapter:
- CHAPTER 1: Survival Mentality – Think Like a Victor
- CHAPTER 2: Survival Shelter – Mother Nature is the Ultimate Gamemaker
- CHAPTER 3: Hydration – Haymich Says “Find a Water Source”
- CHAPTER 4: Catching Survival Fire
- CHAPTER 5: Tools of a Survivor: Katniss’s Forage Bag
- CHAPTER 6: Beyond the Fence – Survival Hunting & Gathering
- CHAPTER 7: Survival First Aid – Healing Basics From Katniss’s Mom
- CHAPTER 8: Navigating the Capitol: Tips and Tricks for Travel, Rescue, and Evasion
- CHAPTER 9: Raiding the Cornucopia – Building Your Survival Kit
I think it’s pretty cool that not only did Creek weave in the Hunger Games themes and story line, but he also covers the most important aspects of survival.
All in all I really liked this book and thought that Creek did a fantastic job at making core survival principles relate to such a popular story. The way the book is written will likely get many who are not interested with wilderness survival at least open their eyes to the importance of it.
If you’re looking for a pure survival book, there are better ones out there, like the Airforce Search and Rescue manual (AFR-64) which I highly recommend. So if you’re expecting something all encompassing than this might not be a good fit.
However, if you’re looking for something more entertaining (unless you’re a bit strange, military manuals aren’t known for their entertainment factor), love the Hunger Games series, and at the same time want something to serve as an excellent primer to wilderness survival, then you’ll love this book.
Even for us old hats, it still contains some gems.
How to Win Your Own Copy (and some other prizes)
Now something for you guys…
Two of my readers will win the following:
- An autographed copy of The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide
- A Willow Haven Outdoor logo sling pack
- A 100% cotton Willow Haven Outdoor survival bandanna and,
- A multi-functional survival tool with built in lanyard, compass, ferro rod, whistle and water-proof container for storing matches other survival kit items
To get in the running, simply leave a comment here on the blog about either your favorite wilderness survival skill that was mentioned in the Hunger Games books/movie or tell me a wilderness survival skill that you always wanted to learn.
I’ll randomly (through a random-number generator) pick two winners and post the winners names here on Friday. Once I announce the winners, you’ll then need to contact me through the contact form on the blog telling me the address you’d like it shipped to.
“And may the odds be ever in your favor…” (sorry, had to do it)