Title: The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy, edited by Leah Wilson
Genre: Essays, non-fiction
Publisher: Smart Pop
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review copy from publisher
Back cover blurb: “Katinss Everdeen’s adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide. Here, 13 YA authors and Hunger Games fans share their thoughts on the series. From Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ rejection of both Peeta and Gale, to Blythe Woolston’s exploration of PTSD among Hunger Games victors, to Carrie Ryan’s shrewd analysis of the “real” in Reality TV and our responsibility as viewers, The Girl Who Was on Fire lets fans get even more out of the series they love.”
You know the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind?” Well, sometimes I think it applies to books I love. When I go back and revisit an old favorite, it’s like falling in love all over again. And reading this collection of essays, alongside reading the first book in the trilogy aloud to my sons, has me head over heels with The Hunger Games all over again. It is truly a testament to the brilliance of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy that it can inspire a collection of 13 essays. Each one deals with a different aspect of the trilogy, and helped me realize how many layers there are to these books, these characters, and this fictional world.
The effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on Katniss and Peeta (as well as Hamitch and the other Victors); the rejection of the idea of seeing Katniss only in light of which man she chooses; our responsibility as media consumers and reality TV viewers; the role of fashion in The Hunger Games; Katniss’s ability to create community wherever she goes – the topics and discussions are endless. Each author does a fantastic job of exploring the themes, characters, setting, and wordplay in this remarkable series of novels. Reading through this book brought back the emotions I felt during certain significant moments and made me so excited to read through the entire trilogy all over again. It also cemented more firmly in my mind how much I hope the film version does the book justice.
If you are a lover of The Hunger Games then you will love this book – even if reading literary essays is not something you would normally do for pleasure. Trust me – you’ll like these.
List of authors who contributed: Sarah Rees Brennan, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary Borsellino, Elizabeth M. Rees, Lili Wilkinson, Ned Vizzini, Carrie Ryan, Cara Lockwood, Terri Clark, Blythe Woolston, Sarah Darer Littman, Adrienne Kress, Bree Despain
I am so happy that I will be able to share this book with two of my lucky readers! I have two copies that I want to give away to spread the love around and give the book even more buzz: an ARC and a finished copy. Here are the details:
~ I’m shipping the books myself, so this giveaway is open in the US and Canada only.
~ To enter, please leave a comment below. To make it fun, please tell me who your favorite character in the trilogy is apart from Katniss – and why.
~ One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
~ All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST, Friday, April 8, 2011. On Saturday, April 9th, I will use Random.org to choose two winners. The first winner drawn will win the finished copy; the second will receive the ARC.