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Title: The Victors Project
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] Oisin55
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: Gen
Length: Epic (311,626 words)

Author's Summary:
Before Katniss and Peeta, seventy-three children won the Hunger Games. Some were brutal. Some were clever. Some were lucky. A few were almost decent. These are their stories. This is the Victors Project.

Review:
Absolutely fantastic! Every chapter is a new one shot of a games and each one is beautiful in the same terrible way as canon. This is a fic you don't need to read in one go - it can be read chapter by chapter over time - but it can also be really enjoyable as a whole, driven by the diversity of narrator voices (some chapters are POV of the victor they focus on, some of viewers, some of Capitol fans or Gamemakers, even some of mentors), the overarching themes of Hunger Games history and the lives pre- and post-war of some canon favorites and the continued human drama/trauma of the canon verse expanded. The characters and plots are amazingly well written from the first to the last and at 77 chapters and more than 300,000 words, this is a complete and classic epic every Hunger Games fan should read.

The Victors Project (on ff.net)
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Title: Strange Things Did Happen Here
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] tulipwriter
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: ghost story, paranormal romance
Pairing: Katniss/Peeta
Length: Short (4,093 words and counting)
Trigger warning: talk of suicide

Author's Summary:
"You're dead, Katniss. You've been dead for over one hundred years."
Years after the Great Rebellion, Peeta Mellark buys a newly renovated home in the neighborhood of Victor's Village, seeking a fresh start in life. He's instantly attracted to the girl next door, Katniss, but there's something not quite right about her... Paranormal Everlark

Review:
Woah! I love the concept and what's there so far is really well written. I can't wait to see where this goes next! I love how this story unfolds, with all these little hints that some things are different but some things are familiar, that some things Peeta 'knows' are probably wrong, that the world is different and the story is bound to be creative - I have high hopes for this fic and strongly recommend it. (may up the score as more is added)

Strange Things Did Happen Here (on AO3)
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Title: Sentiment
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] SaraHerbertWatson
Fandom: Hunger Games, Sherlock BBC
Genre: Fusion
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: Very Long (75,279 words & counting)

Author's Summary:
Eight years after Mycroft Holmes wins the Hunger Games and becomes the first victor of District Twelve, childhood friends John Watson and Sherlock Holmes' lives are about to be changed forever, again: John Watson gets Reaped into the 74th Hunger Games. But John doesn't know how Sherlock feels - Sherlock doesn't want John to die without knowing he's loved - so, better late than never. Faced up against Careers Irene Adler, Sebastian Moran, and Jim Moriarty, John has to fight to survive to get back to Sherlock - but can he? Does he even want to?

Review:
I didn't think it was possible to write a fusion where the main characters were so very in-character as this - Sherlock, John, Mycroft, even Lestrade and Mary, and Moriarity is exactly as creepy (I don't think they did Irene or Molly justice, but they're only minor characters in this fic so it may just be an issue of screen time). The plot is very good too. Warnings for an instance of violent homophobia and for the sociopathy of this career pack. I'm also particularly eager to see if the revolution will come into the story soon.

Sentiment (on AO3)
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Title: To Where the Mockingjay Flies
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Chaed
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU - canon divergence, Minor characters as heroes
Length: Medium (36,089 words & counting)

Author's Summary:

Mockingjay AU. The one where Coin won't risk it, Katniss crumbles under the weight of a revolution and Peeta has to find his own way out of Snow's clutches. A slow-burn Everlark set in pandemonic Panem, for Johanna supporters and Odesta enthusiasts.
Also, the one where Finnick lives.

For everyone who always wanted to see Annie as the heroine, Peeta as more than a part in a love triangle, and Johanna not as a discardable sidekick, but as a key character in the revolution. And for Katiac, who helped me shape this plotbunny into a full-fledged AU.

Review:
WOW! I am seriously hooked on this WIP. I generally love 'minor characters as heroes' stories and this is still one of the best I've read. The plot is good, the characters are great, and it's such a page turner - I check so often for updates.  (Score might go up as story continues)

To Where The Mockingjay Flies (on AO3)
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Title: Choosing
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] dreamfall
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: Pre-canon, all/mostly OCs
Pairing: various OCs
Length: Long (44,357 words)

Author's Summary:
In the 25th Hunger Games, to remind the Districts that they had brought the Games on themselves through their choice to rebel, each district was forced to choose its own tributes, rather than have them chosen by a public lottery. These tributes had to face not only the Capitol and, ultimately, the arena from which only one would emerge, but also the fact that their people, their friends and families, had chosen them specifically for the task.

Review:
An original story in the haunting dystopia of the Hunger Games 'verse. The original characters are mostly well-written (there is one whose mental illness is, imo, too magical for the 'verse, but it serves a purpose in the story that I'm not sure could have been done any better so it's justifiable). I really like how the premise is laid out and how devastating the voting is shown to be, how the rebel legacy is handled just 25 years into the games, and how the games themselves play out believably within the canon 'verse.

Choosing (on AO3)
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Title: The Sweetest Mockery
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] PresidentHades
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU
Pairing: Maysileee/Haymitch, Ember/Cato, Finch/Marvel, Rain/Crane
Length: Long (85,475 words & counting)

Author's Summary:
Ember Abernathy, daughter of two Victors, volunteers for the 74th Games to ensure her brother survives. Instead of certain death in the arena, she ends up leading 23 tributes to District 13 after her Gamemaker sister sabotages the Games. But the tributes are abandoned as rebellion erupts, so Ember and Cato alone lead the journey into the wild amidst new friendships and romances.

Review:
I absolutely adore this fic, quite possibly even more than canon.  It's an active WIP and I check impatiently several times a week, every week for updates.  I love the backstory - that Haymitch and Maysilee used the star-crossed lovers thing in their quell and came out dual victors and then were ordered by Snow to have children whenever he wanted something cute for the Capitol.  Haymitch, kept mostly sober by Maysilee, and the rest of the Abernathy family have ended up playing a big covert roll in the coming rebellion.  Then two of the Abernathy children end up in the 74th games and it's time to act.  The story is very well-written, tightly plotted, and creative, the OCs are well-done and the effect is a story that's a real page-turner.  I can't wait to see where it goes next.

The Sweetest Mockery (on AO3)
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Title: Enlightenment
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] DustInTheWind
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU, Romance
Pairing: Cato/Foxface
Length: Long (64,658 & counting words)

Author's Summary:
It turns out that the way to Cato's heart is through his brain. Who knew?

Review:
Clever book nerd Finch (aka Foxface) gets a little help prepping for her games from the District 2 mentor who owes her father a favor. In the process, she tells Cato stories of the banned histories she's read while working in the government computer systems. It's a little bit Scheherazade and a little bit cute romance where the heroine is a lot like, well, the kind of people who love fanfic. But there's still the Games, and things go bad fast for Finch and Cato (and even faster for Katniss and Peeta who just aren't important in this story). This is an active work in progress and I'm really looking forward to seeing where it goes next.

Enlightenment (on AO3)
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Title: The Passover
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] sweet775
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: Holiday fic
Length: 3,560 (Short words)

Author's Summary:
"In District Three, the story of Moses was the one that endured." A Beetee story.

Review:
A fic about how some small elements of faith hung on even though the catastrophe and the oppression in Panem and brings the District 3 victors comfort and connection despite their difficult situations.

The Passover (on AO3)
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Title: The End of the World
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] FernWithy
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: Pre-canon&Alternate POV of canon
Pairing: Haymitch/OFC, Haymitch/Effie
Length: Seriously Epic
Warnings: graphic violence, psychological horror, and pretty much everything else you can expect of Hunger Games victors

Author's Summary:
Series starts with: Sixteen-year-old Haymitch Abernathy has plenty to worry about - a sick mother, a decrepit house, an empty larder. The last thing he's worried about is the Capitol's choice to double the number of Games tributes in a Quell year...
The series follows him through his Victory Tour, his joining the rebellion, his years as a mentor, the canon years, and the revolution.

Review:
Amazingly well-written - in terms of the games and Haymitch's characterization and the slow growth of the rebellion. A great Hunger Games epic.

The End of the World Series (on AO3)
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Title: And the Day Goes On
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] Rumaan
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: Groundhog Day, Minor character POV
Pairing: Gale/Madge
Length: Medium (10,496 words)

Author's Summary:
Gale's stuck reliving the same day over and over again. Groundhog Day AU

Review:
It's the day the victors blow the arena in the third quarter quell and that 12 gets firebombed that Gale's stuck reliving. It's the worst day of his life which makes it that much more awful for him. But besides trying to figure out how to stop looping, he's study trying to figure out how he can save as many in 12 as possible when no one believes what he knows is coming.

And the Day Goes On (on ff.net)
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Title: Claws and Teeth and Tulle
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] lorata
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: Original Character, Outsider POV, pre-canon , mentorship/friendship
Length: Short (3,714 words)

Author's Summary: Petra killed ten children on live television; she made love to a beautiful, deadly girl while the bodies cooled around her, sucked another boy's blood off the girl’s mace-callused fingers and angled herself for the cameras, but no, now she’s the little girl who walks with a limp and inspires pity in everyone she meets.
Nobody gets to choose their image, not even Careers. After a final showdown injury that overwrites the rest of Petra's brutal, bloody Games, the girl with District 2's highest kill count has to play the broken doll for an over-sympathetic Capitol audience. At least her mentor knows the truth, and Brutus makes sure his girl doesn't forget it.

Review:
This is a great example of a fanfic whose story forms a dialogue with its canon. This OC character piece is a great exploration of the treatment of Victors and other ways than canon's drugs and sex that the Capitol uses to break them, even, or perhaps especially, the Careers who are brought up from a young age to think of themselves as the strongest and most vicious.

Claws and Teeth and Tulle (on AO3)
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Title: May You Never Meet Her
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] ketren / [archiveofourown.org profile] ketren
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU
Length: Medium/Long (50k words & counting)

Author's Summary:
AU. Gen. When she's too late to step in for her sister at the District 12 reaping, Katniss will stop at nothing to enter the Hunger Games and fight beside Prim, even if it means asking Haymitch for help and sneaking into the reaping of District 3. She'll have to let out a few secrets, make a few allies, and defend her sister to the death – if Prim will even allow the sacrifice.

Review:
Just getting started but already so, so good. Author takes a little creative license to make the premise work, but go with it - it's worth it. I'm already especially loving how this revolves around a Sisters!plot instead of a romance. I also like Haymitch's view and I am really enjoying the bigger roles for Beetee and Wiress.  Also, Prim may be the brains, but Katniss is serious BAMF (just wait til you get to Chapter 8!)

May You Never Meet Her (on ff.net), May You Never Meet Her (on AO3)
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Title: Uncalculated Risks
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] jennycaakes
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU
Pairing: Gale/Madge
Length: Very Long (158,059 words)

Author's Summary:
In a twist of fate, Gale Hawthorne and Madge Undersee are chosen from the Reaping bowl of the 74th Annual Hunger Games instead. How will they fight? How will they love? There's more than just a rebellion flaming up around them. How will they get out? All Gale wants to do is wake up from this nightmare, but will it be any better when he can see clearly?

Review:
Great read.  I really liked how Gale and Madge had their unique views of what was happening to them and that those views were fundamentally different from Katniss'.  In this AU, some things change, and some stay the same. I wasn't totally happy with the balance of that - I did enjoy the story - I just wish it had been a tiny bit less canon as far as the games go - not that it went exactly the same at all, but, well anyways your mileage may vary. I found the relationship development very believable and the characters were well-written too. There's some parts after the games that I want to praise - especially Katniss' character, but I can't without spoiling some good stuff. It's making it really hard to explain what I liked about this one. I might just have to leave it that I really recommend it.

Uncalculated Risks (on ff.net)
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Title: Formidable & Insurgence
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] RisaLovesCato
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU, Romance
Pairing: Katniss/Cato
Length: Very Long (147,795 words)

Author's Summary:
The 74th Hunger Games. The Capitol may be craving star-crossed lovers, but perhaps they are not from the same district. "And for some reason, I have a feeling that Cato is exactly what I was during the tribute parade…formidable."
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Katniss and Cato are the victors and the star-crossed lovers of the 74th annual Hunger Games. This is the 3rd Quarter Quell. "Hundreds are dying, uprisings are growing out of control. People are wondering about District 13, wondering what's being hidden there. Chaos. There was no other word to describe it."

Review:
I wasn't sure I was prepared for Katniss/Cato, but this one worked. I also loved the dynamic between Cato and Clove and therefore between Clove and Katniss. I also liked how the relationship change rolled through the story, changing both games in big and small ways. I'd have liked to see more of Haymitch in the 3rd Quell, but the story was abandoned before then.

Formidable (on ff.net) & Insurgence (on ff.net)
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Title: The Game Changer Job
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] Sylam
Fandom: Leverage, Hunger Games
Genre: Crossover, Fix-it
Length: Short (17,568 words) - Abandoned :( :( :(

Author's Summary:
The Leverage team has found their new mark: Panem. In order to take down this monstrous country where teenagers are forced to slaughter each other in the arena, Nate has an idea: Let's go steal the Hunger Games!

Review:
I was really getting into this fic and then, wham! No more fic for you! :( The Leverage team is well-written and I was really looking forward to seeing how the team was going to outwit the advanced tech of Panem's totalitarian government.

The Game Changer Job (on ff.net)
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Title: Two Fires
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] isabugg
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU - Gale and Katniss in the Arena
Pairing: Gale/Katniss
Length: Very Long (119,146 words)

Author's Summary:
What if Gale, overtaken by the grief of seeing his oldest friend about to be swept into the monstrosity that is the Hunger Games, volunteered for Peeta and took his place?

Review:
Nice version on the Gale and Katniss in the arena plot. Doesn't shy away from the horror of the arena or the shallowness of the Capitolites. I was really sad to get to the end and realize the author had abandoned this one - it cuts off just getting out of the arena and given that, I guess I felt in retrospect that the story as is had only really been half-developed, particularly the friendship/relationship between Gale and Katniss lost out to (admittedly a very good depiction of) the Games and I just felt it could have been more balanced if that was where the author planned to end their first book.

Two Fires (on AO3)
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Title: A Spark in the Darkness (and sequel Feeding the Flame)
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] random-chick-heart (aka randomchick29 on LJ)
Fandom:
Hunger Games
Genre: AU, Romance
Pairing: Gale/Katniss
Length: Epic (~250k+ words)

Author's Summary:
Our lips meet somewhere in the middle in a passionate kiss, and our message is as clear as that of the crowd when they raised their hands in the traditional salute: We will not be broken. AU version of the 74th Hunger Games. GalexKatniss. Lemons inside.

Review:
An outstanding Gale and Katniss in the games fic with the twist that in this, they've been a couple for awhile and that makes a big difference to their strategy. This fic is a real page-turner and while slow to update and was really difficult to download to my ereader (thanks to LJ), it's well worth the effort.   Lots of lovely feels in this fic too :)

A Spark in the Darkness (on ff.net) and Feed the Flames (on LJ)
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Title: Absolution
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] SFCBruce
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU, Dark
Pairing: Katniss/Gale, Katniss/Peeta
Length: Very Long (195,217+ words)
Warnings: Major Character Death, Major Character Persecution, PTSD

Author's Summary:
A/U Hunger Games, looking at how different things would have turned out if there were two volunteers from District 12 rather than just one. Mature themes, adult situations, strong language, and eventual Everlark.

Review:
From Peeta's POV. Another Gale and Katniss volunteer story, but very, very different from the last I rec'd. Starts out very dark and Peeta has a lot of bad stuff thrown at him all at once. Things get more towards the level of canonically bad as the story progresses and Peeta and Katniss work to find their new normal.

Absolution (on AO3)
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Title: Broadcast News (the Marionette Mix)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] flyingcarpet
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: Minor Character POV, Reality Check
Length: Short (3,081 words)

Author's Summary:
Caesar watches the Hunger Games, becomes a part of the production, and eventually learns to see beyond the spectacle.

Review:
Found this on the The Revolution Will Be Televised tag. I've read a few fics before showing how Cinna joined the revolution and I've read a few where individual Capitolites like Effie get a Reality Check and learn to see their own Privilege through the eyes of the districts - it's a genre I love, but this one in particular is really well put together. It's short and sweet, makes it point elegantly and cleanly and I think does capture Caesar on such a journey.

Broadcast News (on AO3)
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Title: Lifeblood
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Johannas_Motivational_Insults
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: AU, Femslash
Pairing: Katniss/Johanna
Length: Very Long (150,512+ words)

Author's Summary:
Johanna Mason always seems to know exactly what I need to hear, and deliver it with such brutal honesty that it can’t possibly be ignored. Maybe she has known me better than anyone else all along.

Review:
I am loving this story. Johanna is one of my favorite characters and she's written well here. Also, I am so glad someone else noticed/thought how awful it was that Peeta put Katniss on the spot, not just confessing his love for her in a way that meant she had to go along for the sake of the games, but so she had to go on with it even after the war. It's like he (and Haymitch, who apparently knew beforehand) just thought since Peeta loved her that was that. She's this passive object that Peeta chooses and it doesn't matter what it did to her. Even though they said they didn't tell her "the game plan" beforehand so she'd have a "genuine" reaction for the cameras during the interview, it's like the didn't even consider that her actual reaction could be something other than "shocked, but flattered and interested". I mean if someone put me on the spot like that, I'd be pissed and it would definitely show!

Lifeblood (on AO3)

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