Friday, July 15, 2011

Book Review: The Girl Who Was On Fire

Reader Friends, I am so sorry that I've been neglecting you this week.  Do you want to know why I have been unable to blog?  Are you curious?  Did you miss me?  Here it is:

Yep, A Dance With Dragons came out Monday at midnight and I have spent every single spare second I have since then reading it.  I'm approaching the halfway point and so far it is fabulous.  But I'm catching up today and you can expect more regular posts - I'm going to write a few days ahead so I can spend the weekend finishing the book.  Anyway, on to the book I'm reviewing today:

This is a collection of authors' thought on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy.  Each author focuses on a particular aspect of the book: the love triangle between Peeta, Gale, and Katniss; the use of reality tv as a theme in the series; the fashion of the Capitol; how the tributes suffer from post-traumatic stress; the relationship of Panem to other hedonistic societies of the past; etc. 

No problems with any of the writing.  Short, essay format, all the author use examples from the book to back up their theories.  I liked the analytical and at times academic looks at the book in conjunction with the series as a fun read.  This book requires the reader to think critically about the series, which I always appreciate.  It's also a fairly easy read, intended for a YA audience, so it's not dry or difficult.

Entertainment Value
This is a no-brainer.  If you loved the series, you'll enjoy this book.  Some essays are not as interesting as others, depending on which parts of the books you enjoyed most, but overall it's a great tool for analyzing the series.  I read it in small portions along with some other books and that worked perfectly for me.  I could read an essay or two at a time, ten to fifteen pages each, and then focus on something else, which I like.  Lots of clearly defined stopping points.

If you haven't read the Hunger Games Trilogy, don't read this book - it does have spoilers and you probably won't find it very interesting.  If you read the Hunger Games books and you didn't like them, again, this probably won't interest you all that much.  But if you LOVED the books and you can't get enough, this is perfect for you.


  1. Looks like I might have to check this out.

  2. I haven't heard of the Girl Who Was On Fire - I enjoyed the HG series (though not liking the 3rd book) so this sounds like a fun read!