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

January 31, 2014 Book 2

Authors: Leah Wilson (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Jennifer Lynn Barnes(Contributor), Mary Borsellino (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Sarah Rees Brennan (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Terri Clark (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Bree Despain (Goodreads Author) (Contributor),Adrienne Kress (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Sarah Darer Littman(Goodreads Author) (Contributor) , Cara Lockwood (Goodreads Author)(Contributor), Elizabeth M. Rees (Contributor), Carrie Ryan (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Ned Vizzini (Contributor), Lili Wilkinson(Contributor), Blythe Woolston (Contributor)  *TAKEN FROM GOODREADS. ALL LINKS ARE DIRECTED TO GOODREADS*

Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays, Anthology, Dystopian
Series: The Hunger Games Companions
Publisher: Smart Pop
Publication Date: April 5th 2011
Source: eARC Provided by Publisher via Netgalley

The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy

Goodreads Summary:

Katniss Everdeen’s adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.

In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy’s darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection’s exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss’ world really is.

• How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch’s drinking, Annie’s distraction, and Wiress’ speech problems?
• What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?
• Why isn’t the answer to “Peeta or Gale?” as interesting as the question itself?
• What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history and what can we?

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

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For all The Hunger Games fans, this is a book made specially for you. And for those too that didn’t seem to find anything relevant in them, that hated how superficial they were, any type of person that wants to know more of these books by Suzanne Collins, this is for you. This book is an anthology, a collection, of essays written by various authors that give you a deeper insight of the games, the characters, and most probably things that never crossed your mind and leave you shocked at how much you and I are like the Capitol and it’s citizens rather than being the Districts like Katniss and Co.

I was one of those weird people who were, by some reason, proud of not having read The Hunger Games, even less watch the movie or know what the heck it was about. I know, how horrible of me. But I’m glad, in a way, because when I got to read the books, it was in a perfect moment of sorts. We read each book neither late nor early, we read them just when we’re meant to (I might have made that quote-ish from what Gandalf says about Wizards… haha). Anyways, I read them, got extremely hooked, watched The Hunger Games and fangirled a bit too much while watching Catching Fire in the theater last year when it came out.

Suzanne Collins introduced us into this strange and yet so realistic world after the USA got destroyed and reshaped into what Katniss knows. This was my third dystopian book after having read Matched, then Divergent, then this. I was still fresh on that theme and setting of a future post-apocalyptic world.  After reading the books I would get to think of the important themes these books prevented, about being brave in the face of danger, defending what you believe in and the ones you love, that a single person is enough to start a rebellion, those things. I got my gears going at the wee hours of the night. But my mind was opened with this book, The Girl Who Was On Fire, like never before.

Through the series of essays, each author makes a different point directly related to the books or some of its themes. It was like having a book scientists undressing the whole book bare until we could see it’s core, it’s raw inside for what it really is and stands for. There were things in the book, like how Gale was related to Prim’s death that I didn’t understand to a 100%, there were also character traits that I didn’t think much either. Like Peeta. He’s quite the talker and can have the audience become putty in his hands. I saw that as a kind of gift for speech, but never as a manipulator. Never a liar who could get whatever he wanted by just saying it. I saw him as the lovely bread boy who had an unconditional love for Katniss that would go to the end of the world, beyond the stars, and survive against all odds. I was the Capitol audience. I was so many things while reading the books, the characters became so many others, it was astounding, really. I’m not able to write all of what I read because I wouldn’t do justice to how marvelously each author made their point that really got into me.

Buy the book, read it, have your mind being blown away by the small but big things you didn’t notice the first time you read The Hunger Games Series. This will definitely make you want to read them again and analyze every single detail and have your mind running wild on a knowledge rush.

Rating: 4 stars

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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
  • I didn’t know this book exists! Thanks for reviewing this 🙂

  • Thanks for your thoughts on this, I love Hunger Games as much as the next person and this sounds fantastic! How excellent was the Catching Fire movie? Can’t wait until the next one is out.