The Girl Who Was on Fire by Multiple Authors (Kindle Edition) – Read January 23, 2012
Cost: $4.99 (As of This Post)
Official Description: 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.
CONTRIBUTORS: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary Borsellino, Sarah Rees Brennan, Terri Clark, Bree Despain, Adrienne Kress, Cara Lockwood, Elizabeth M. Rees, Carrie Ryan, Ned Vizzini, Lili Wilkinson, Blythe Woolston, Sarah Darer Littman
My Take: First off I would like to warn those who haven’t read all 3 of The Hunger Games books, don’t read this until you have finished, this book discusses major plot points from all of the books.
That being said, I can’t get enough of the Hunger Games series, so I saw this book and instantly wanted to read it. Most of the essays were things I had thought about already, but they were still intriguing all the same. Some were a little dull, but in a collection of 13 essays, what can you expect? There is something for everyone in this from breaking down Cinna’s fashion choices for Katniss to cyclical nature of history and how that parallels what our reality is. My favorite essay had to do with the science of the series, and what seems sci/fi in The Hunger Games is closer to reality than fiction and how scientists have already created some muts. Each and every essay is well done, they really delve into the multiple themes in the series created by Suzanne Collins, and it makes you realize how she took a common scenario and made it unique and apparently a phenomenon.
Yes the idea of a lottery of death isn’t really a new idea, it’s been done before, in fact when reading The Hunger Games I couldn’t help but think Of the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and in this book there are several others mentioned. This is definitely worth picking up, if you too couldn’t get enough of The Hunger Games.