Back of the Book:
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&mdashand what can we?
The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.
Realornotreal’s Review on Goodreads.com:
Sometimes bringing me to tears, each selection challenged me to look at the details of the books in a new way. The essays do have some similar themes, but each also has a unique perspective to share as well. One overwhelming fact that can be found in many of the essays, as well as the introduction, is that we the readers of the Hunger Games are the Capitol audience. (read the entire review here)
Format Read: ebook
The very worst thing about this book is a section in the essay “Crime of Fashion” by Terri Clark. Apparently, she can’t leave her personal politics out of anything and is an Obama supporter. I say apparently because this is an assumption based on the fact that she criticizes Palin for having to buy a new wardrobe and not Obama for spending all the money that she does on a regular basis. Then on top of that, she claims Obama is better dressed than Palin. O_o
The very best thing about this book is how interesting all these essays are. Every last one of them keeps you thinking and they help bring back the pleasure of reading the books. :-) I’ll be rereading mine soon and then I’ll probably reread these essays.