The GIRL WHO WAS ON FIRE by Your favorite authors

Still hungry for Hunger Games?  You have read the books, seen the movie, and now what?  This book will give you that fulfillment!  ~Sheila

Sixteen YA authors come together and take you back to the world of the Hunger Games with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, even Buttercup (the cat), 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, Panem, and the series, really is.

Who is Katniss?

Comparisons to the book 1984

The Peeta Factor

Could Tracker Jackers Exist

Fashion

Does The Last Book Suck (arguments both ways by the same author)

CONTRIBUTORS: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary Borsellino, Sarah Rees Brennan, Terri Clark, Bree Despain, Adrienne Kress, Sarah Darer Littman, Cara Lockwood, Elizabeth M. Rees, Carrie Ryan, Ned Vizzini, Lili Wilkinson, Blythe Woolston, Diana Peterfreund (NEW), Brent Hartinger (NEW), Jackson Pearce (NEW)

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Yes.  I read the books.  I followed up by listening to Hunger games on audio as well.  Yes, I went to the movie.  Twice.  And yes, I was one of those people who did not love love the last book, Mockingjay. 

Yet… hungry for more, much like I still am with the Harry Potter books.  I want something more.

Thanks to this group of authors there is more, a lot more!  The Girl Who Was On Fire is not a bashing of the books by Susanne Collins.  Quite the opposite.  It’s taking the books (all three of them) and breaking them down into bite size pieces.  It is sometimes funny (Katniss being compared to Buttercup the cat – keeps surviving against all odds, doesn’t let people in easy), it is sometimes sad (could Katniss pick who she really loved or did she know what she had to do, who to choose to survive, and isn’t that what it is really all about?)

Each chapter, or topic, is told by a different author who gives their insight on a part of the books.  I found this interesting and have to admit I loved the chapter called Did The Third Book Suck, told from the perspective of an author who lists all the ways he felt as a writer it could have been done so much better, and then turns around and explains why just the opposite could be true as well, and why Susan Collins choices in Mockingjay may have been the authors road less traveled but also shows a deeper look into Katniss and Panem by writing it the way she did. (for the record, I did lean more towards this chapters first synopsis, and while I did not think Mockingjay sucked, it was my least favorite of the three books.)  My review of Mockingjay.

Who should read this?  Hunger Games fans this is a fantastic addition to the three books.  It will make you think, nod your head, and occasionally laugh out loud.  It is brilliant and fun – all rolled into one.

Why did I read it?  I loved the trilogy as a whole.  I thought the idea behind Hunger Games was so incredibly detailed and unique from anything I had read before.  And yes, I was left Hungry… especially after the release of the movie… I wanted more.  The Girl Who Was On Fire gave me that. 

Amazon Rating

Goodreads Review

This book was sent to me for review

22 thoughts on “The GIRL WHO WAS ON FIRE by Your favorite authors

  1. I haven’t seen that map of Panem before – very cool. I completely agree with you about the third book, and I wish that it would have been different. For me it didn’t have anything to do about which guy she ended up with, but more that it seemed like a cop-out – like it was dashed off quickly as an easy way to be done with the series.

  2. This definitely sounds like a fun read! I haven’t seen the movie yet but I think this would be a great follow up. Plus I bet my sister would appreciate it so it sounds like the perfect birthday gift for her.

  3. camichecketts

    I agree about Hunger Games and Harry Potter. Can we petition for more? I’ll have to check this book out. Thanks for the review.

  4. This sounds intriguing, especially since…we just got back from seeing the movie!! (yes, finally). I loved the movie and it made me want more, too.

    As for the third book, I thought Collins made certain choices on purpose, just as she did with the first two books, in order to make them all very thought-provoking. She’s not just writing about a fantasy world but wanted the readers to see aspects of our own world in Panem’s dystopian world and think about where we might be headed. And my impression was that book 3 was very much focused on making readers think about war – the effects of war on everyone, not just the soldiers or those on the front. It’s one of the things I liked best about the whole trilogy – the way it made you think. I just love thought-provoking books.

    Just my opinion! You caught me at a time when I am dying to chat about it, having just come from the movie (which was fabulous!).

    Sue

    1. So glad you seen the movie! Your opinion is valid, in that last chapter of the book sthey explain how the two sides of this differ and what kind of readers we are becuase of it – its all very interesting 😀

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  6. It is always interesting to hear authors talk about other author’s works. Plus I like seeing the map of Panem. In the book, it has such a small feel to it.

  7. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)

    I was just thinking about this yesterday, as the movie ended! Yup, I’m one of those people who apparently can’t get enough! I’ll be looking for this one soon!

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