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A Reading Vocation

"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton

This is where I chronicle my reading life.  I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.


Book 69/100: The Girl Who Was On Fire - Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy

The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy - Carrie Ryan, Blythe Woolston, Bree Despain, Lili Wilkinson, Terri  Clark, Sarah Rees Brennan, Adrienne Kress, Mary Borsellino, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Elizabeth M. Rees, Sarah Darer Littman, Cara Lockwood, Leah Wilson, Ned Vizzini

Reading this book was like reading a collection of essays by an incredibly articulate college class.

It's been a long time since I've read "critical reviews" like this, and it seems perhaps I've lost the taste for it. I guess I just expected something different than for a bunch of YA authors to write their Hunger Games Theses, complete with quotes and citations throughout. What did I want? Maybe something edgier, more personal, more impactful. As it was, the essays were interesting -- I especially liked those that examined the human brain and PTSD in its relationship to the Hunger Games -- and I think they gave me a deeper appreciation for the trilogy. But perhaps I would have gotten more out of them if it hadn't been a few years since I'd read the original books -- I seem to remember them well, but these essays called out specific details that I did not remember.

I think I have greater respect for the choices Suzanne Collins made, especially in Mockingjay, but the book didn't make me want to revisit the original. Although I recognized a handful of the authors included, none of them make my "faves" list, and in some ways this book feels like a way for lesser known authors to get some free press by riding on the coat-tails of a more popular series. Now that I officially feel like a bad person, I think I'd better wrap up this review.