Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Girl Who Was on Fire by Various Authors

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.

My Thoughts:

I am indifferent to The Girl Who Was on Fire. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. It was interesting hearing all the points of views about the Hunger Games. I think it is cool that different people can read the same book and everyone of their perspectives on the book will be different. I was happy that the book featured quite a few essays by debut authors along with authors that most people know and love, such as Carey Ryan. If I liked the debut authors essays, it made me want to read their books more. Sarah Rees Brennan nailed my thoughts on why I didn’t want to read the Hunger Games at first. I had already read the manga, Battle Royale. I thought the Hunger Games would be a cheap rip-off of Battle Royale, but it turned out to be so much more. I was a little upset that Mary Borsellino spoiled the ending for 1984 for me. I had it on my to read list. My favorite essay was Lili Wilkinson’s. I like how she compared what was going on in The Hunger Games with what is going on in America on reality television. It was a big eye opener to me. Maybe the notion of The Hunger Games isn’t entirely impossible in our future. At least until we do something to change that. 

I give The Girl Who Was on Fire: 3/5.

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I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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