Book Review : The Girl Who Was on Fire edited by Leah Wilson

Paperback, 280 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by BenBella Books, Inc.
Available on Amazon | BenBella Books | Boomerang Books | The Book Depository

Katniss Everdeen's adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues--especially with the highly anticipated March release of the film version of "The Hunger Games," starring Jennifer Lawrence. Here, 13 YA authors take fans back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more.

It took me longer than usual to finish this book, not because it's flat or dull, but because it has too much information to absorb fully in a short time. The Girl Who Was on Fire is a wonderful collection of essays from some of the most popular authors in the YA community on the various aspects of The Hunger Games. These authors share their individual insights and perspectives on the book and/or the series - their topics ranging from the characters, the fashion, the scientific aspects, to the mentality of the Games itself.

'Love' plays an important role in Mary Borsellino's
Your Heart Is a Weapon the Size of Your Fist. In her essay, she states that love can be your greatest strength, but it can also be your greatest weakness. Elizabeth M. Rees' Smoke and Mirrors discusses the ways the Capitol uses to trick and deceive, and how these tactics work. On the other hand, Bent, Shattered, and Mended by Blythe Woolston tells us about the impact of the Games on the surviving tributes, how the horror of it all affects their lives as an aftermath of the Games.

Reading The Girl Who Was on Fire was a great experience for me. The essays are thought-provoking and deep in meaning. They made me think about many things, and I felt enlightened more than once while reading the book.

Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? If yes, then I'm sure you'd enjoy these essays immensely. Even if you're not a fan of the series, this book will prove to be a valuable source of knowledge. What we can be sure of is that The Girl Who Was on Fire is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. So, what are you waiting for?

Rating: 4.500

Extras for Readers
You can read the excerpts of the essays HERE. Also, by signing up the book mailing list, you can also download a free full essay. Just click HERE, and scrol down to where it says, “Sign Up For Free Chapters & Book Updates” View the official page on Smart Pop Books

And just out of the spirit of sharing... here's a map of Panem:

Note of Thanks
Thanks to Heather from Smart Pop | BenBella Books for providing me with a copy of this book for reviewing purposes!

1 creative remarks:

Amy said...

I'd never heard of this book before but having read your review I'm definitely putting it on the wish list! I love The Hunger Games and I can't wait to see what other authors have said about it too.