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- Amazon’s customer reviews are one of the features that make the site so valuable.
- This is particularly true of books — reviews let you save money, space, and time by getting the gist of how good they are upfront.
- Below, you’ll find the top 20 customer-reviewed books of all time on Amazon.
Customer reviews are one of Amazon’s most valuable features. Before ever actually paying for a product — be it a $300 RoboVac or a $13 all-natural cleaner — we have access to sometimes thousands of reviews telling us how something will perform once we’re holding that something in our hands.
Like other customer-review platforms such as Yelp and Goodreads, the best thing about them is that they help us maximize limited time. Instead of thousands of us relearning the same lesson, we share our knowledge to steer people to the best choice the first time around: "These shoes run small, order a half size up."
The same advantage applies to books. Why give $10 to a book you won’t finish reading? Or, worse, devote 15 hours of your life to a book that left thousands dissatisfied with a nonsensical cliffhanger? Not every review will interpret a creative tome the same way you would have, but that’s why a high volume of reviews is useful.
Below, you’ll find the 20 most-reviewed books of all time on Amazon. Of all the books the site stocks, these are the ones that provoked the most people to sit down and write a review for the benefit of future would-be readers.
The 20 most customer-reviewed books of all time on Amazon:
Captions provided by Amazon and edited lightly for length.
"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called The Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
"Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse …
As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life — answers that will ultimately free them both.
"Divergent" by Veronica Roth
One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior’s society is divided into five factions — Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she’s determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.
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