Friday, June 29, 2012


Photo Credit: Smart Pop Books

Who the book is for: Fans of The Hunger Games
Rating: 5 out of 5

Like many people, I loved THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy, and, like many people, I hated when I closed the final book because I hated the story to be over. It’s a story that sticks with you long after you finish it, and the nature of the story will likely cause you to ponder many things about the story and about how it speaks on philosophical issues in reality long after you finish it as well.

Fortunately, if you can’t read more HUNGER GAMES because the books are over, you can at least read the philosophical ponderings of others about THE HUNGER GAMES. THE GIRL WHO WAS ON FIRE is a book that is all about THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy. It features several young adult fiction authors who contributed essays on different aspects of the series. They talk about what they liked, what they didn’t like, what they would change. It’s a great tribute to Suzanne Collins and the series she has become famous for. The book gives you the opportunity to delve further into the character of Katniss than you might have as you were reading the books. Or perhaps look into the strange science in the books such as the jabberjays and tracker jackers. Or the nature of love as a driving force in the series. The politics of the book, the reality show aspects, and the games themselves are all topics discussed in the book. My favorite essay was the one by Brent Hartinger. Many people are divided over whether or not they liked MOCKINGJAY as a fitting end to the series. Hartinger’s essay looks specifically at the final book and argues both sides of what worked and what didn’t work, and whether or not MOCKINGJAY was a satisfying end.

THE GIRL WHO WAS ON FIRE is a fun ride through several of the themes of THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy, and the essays give you much to think about. If you’re a HUNGER GAMES fan, you should check this book out.

I received this book for free for review from Smart Pop, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own

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