blo Teens Read and Write: Book Review: THE GIRL WHO WAS ON FIRE: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' HUNGER GAMES Trilogy

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Book Review: THE GIRL WHO WAS ON FIRE: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' HUNGER GAMES Trilogy

Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' HUNGER GAMES Trilogy
pub: April 2011
Praised by writers from Stephen King to Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins’ New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy is dark, captivating, and deeply thought-provoking. Part straight-up survivalist adventure, part rich allegory, and part political thriller, the series has become a new YA favorite.

The Girl Who Was On Fire offers even more to think about for teen readers already engrossed by the Hunger Games. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to reality television, fashion, and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games by other YA writers reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss’ world really is.

Remember when you finished THE HUNGER GAMES and you desperately wanted to talk to someone about it. And that desperation only got worse after you read CATCHING FIRE, and by the time you finished MOCKINGJAY you were practically frothing at the mouth - stopping random strangers on the street and forcing them to listen to your HUNGER GAMES trilogy babble! 

As book bloggers we had an outlet for discussion with each other. But wouldn't it have been grand to talk to some of your favorite YA authors about it? YEEESSS!

THE GIRL WHO WAS ON FIRE is like having a book club discussion of this fantastic trilogy with authors like Carrie Ryan, Sarah Rees Brennan, Bree Despain and Jennifer Lynn Barnes, to name just a few. 

They give their opinions on the politics, the people, and the world that Collins created. There's lots of comparisons to society's current obsession with Reality TV. Elizabeth M. Rees in Smoke and Mirrors discusses how so much in the books is not what it seems. Mary Borsellino talks about how love is used as a weapon. Ned Vizzini gives insight into real media training. Cara Lockwood explores the science. Teri Clark focuses on how fashion played such a huge part in the story. I could go on and on. 

Okay so the authors don't talk back but it's almost like having them in your living room. I loved their insights into so many aspects of THE HUNGER GAMES. It will give you even more to think about and discuss with your HUNGER GAMES buddies. Jake, Gregory and I all read THE GIRL WHO WAS ON FIRE and we agree, it's an utter treat! (But no guarantee that you won't still be stopping those strangers.)

For your chance to win a copy, just fill out the form below. 

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  • Open to US and Canada
  • Must be 13 or older
  • Enter by May 6


Blodeuedd said...

Not really sure that I would like to read it, but it does sound fun

kimscarecrow said...

I'm reading this now! I just started Carrie's essay. I love these kinds of books. :)

lulilut said...

This sounds interesting. Some authors are very serious about their craft, I remember reading Stephen King's article about Stephenie Meyer and how he didn't care for her writing. So I'm curious what he and the other have to say.

Missie said...

*froths at the mouth*

I want this! I had to discuss HG with myself, so I feel so deprived.

Can't wait to check out all the comments from other authors.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

*gives Missie a bib since I'm below her*

Oh I still have the HG on my tbr and haven't gotten to them yet. I will though and would love to have this one to go with it. Nice!

Jenny N. said...

I probably shouldn't say this but I've only read the first book. I do have the rest of the series but am a little afraid to read Catching Fire and Mockingbird because The Hunger Games just was so great.

Me My Shelf And I said...

Great contest and blog post! Thank you!

Caroline said...

I cannot wait to read this book. Thanks!

Orchid said...

This totally reminds that I NEED to re-read The Hunger Games thois summer so I can read the last two books (yep, I am so behind on this awesome series).

You're right, The Girl Who Was on Fire sounds really good, and maybe even a moist read for fans. :)

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