Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Review: The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy edited by Leah Wilson

The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy
Praised by writers from Stephen King to Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins’ New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy is dark, captivating, and deeply thought-provoking. Part straight-up survivalist adventure, part rich allegory, and part political thriller, the series has become a new YA favorite.

The Girl Who Was On Fire offers even more to think about for teen readers already engrossed by the Hunger Games. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to reality television, fashion, and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games by other YA writers reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss’ world really is.

The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.  Summary taken from Goodreads

Once I got around to actually reading them (I was a little late to the party), I became totally engrossed in The Hunger Games. I felt Katniss, despite her imperfections, was a much better heroine than many I've seen in recent years. Katniss is a girl of substance. She's got much better things to do than sitting around pining and whining over one controlling, possessive boy and therefore she's a bit more interesting to read about.

So, when I heard there was a collection of essays about the trilogy coming out I was incredibly intrigued. I was not disappointed. This anthology contains essays on the many themes present in the Hunger Games series including, Big Brother type surveillance, reality television, war reporting, genetic splicing, fashion and psychological trauma. These essays help you to delve further into the world of Panem and investigate the parallels between Katniss's world and our own.

Overall, I felt like sitting down with this book was much like sitting down with an incredibly intelligent, well spoken book club. There were serious moments, there were funny moments. The only downside, the book doesn't bring treats. I highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of the series.

*Disclaimer- I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair, honest review.


Carin S. said...

This sonds so cool! I just finished Mockingjay yesterday!

Mimi said...

Hunger Games is very addicting! Did you hear they cast Peeta and Gale??


Reading Rachel said...

I did hear that, Mimi. Not sure about the choice for Peeta. He did good in The Kids Are Alright, I just can't see that kid with blonde hair. Guess we'll wait and see.

the demureconnoisseur said...

Ooops! I posted my comment meant for this post to the one underneath it.

Anonymous said...

No great loss without some small gain.

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