The Girl Who Was on Fire (Hunger Games), Review and Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

Four out of the ten books on the Amazon Best Sellers list are Hunger Games books. The original book has been in the top 100 for 500 days. I assume it dropped off at some point, but the 2nd and 3rd in the series have been on for around 800 and 700 respectively, which is probably for their entire lifetime in print. Rounding out the list is The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set.

I would imagine that everyone out there has heard of The Hunger Games, in some fashion. At least “I sure hear a lot about this, but I don’t know what it is.” You might know that the Hunger Games movie releases March 23. You might not know that it’s a wildly popular Young Adult series by Suzanne Collins, that has fans from tweens up through adults. You might not know that it’s dystopian literature. If you don’t know any of this, I’d suggest you brush up, because I think that this movie and these books are going to continue down their path of wild success, and you don’t want to be the last one in the know.

It’s a popular book, and it’s a book that begs to be discussed, or at least thought about. The book The Girl Who Was on Fire (Movie Edition): Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Series gives you the chance to do just that.

  • Are you Team Gale or Team Peeta (or perhaps even Team Katniss?) — you’ll find agreement here no matter what side you are on.
  • Did you like the final installment Mockingjay or hate it? That is explored as well.
  • Want to explore the political side of the story? Read on.
  • Feel like comparing the trilogy to other dystopian plots? You can do it here.
  • Ever wonder the subtext in the amazing costumes created for the Games? Terri Clark can tell you.

 
Dawn reviewed The Girl Who Was on Fire at 5 Minutes for Books last Spring, so check out her review for more thoughts on the book. This The Girl Who Was on Fire (Movie Edition) contains 3 additional essays, and if you buy the ebook version or the booster pack (containing only the 3 new essays, and the soon-to-be-released thoughts on the movie), you will also receive each of the essayist’s thoughts on the movie right after it releases on March 23.

I’m happy that we have a copy to give away to one of you. Just leave a comment if you’d like to win, and we’ll announce the winner in our 5 Minutes for Books column here at 5 Minutes for Mom on February 20.

 
Want more YA? The Dystopian Romance prize pack is still open for another week!



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Audrey February 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Hmm. The title seems unfortunate to me. It makes me think of Stieg Larsson and his books rather than The Hunger Games or Suzanne Collins. It even fits with Larsson’s titles as though it were one of the series. Shame.

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2 Jennifer D. February 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

You’re right, Audrey, but Katniss was known as the “Girl Who Was on Fire,” because of her costume that looked like flames. So it’s an accurate title, though there is that similarity.

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3 Beth February 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I’m just starting this series and would love to win!

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4 shelly February 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I’ve heard a lot about this series but haven’t read it yet. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

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5 Natalia February 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I would like to win it for my daughter.

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6 John February 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Count me in.

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7 Isabelle February 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Would like to win, thanks!

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8 kristi p February 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I just finished the series and can’t wait for the movie!

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9 Rose February 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I loved this series and would love to read what others have to say about these thought-provoking books.

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10 Liz February 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I just finished the hunger games books last weekend and would love to read this book. It sounds like an interesting read.

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11 tennille February 6, 2012 at 12:06 am

I have this series on my to do list

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12 Wehaf February 6, 2012 at 12:12 am

My sister is a big fan of the books; I’d love to get her this!

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13 Christina Gould February 6, 2012 at 12:35 am

I’ve heard great things about this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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14 Gwen February 6, 2012 at 12:46 am

I loved this series! Thanks for the giveaway!

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15 Theresa February 6, 2012 at 7:08 am

I am just finishing up the third book in the series. I would love to take it a step further and explore the series even more with this book.

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16 June February 6, 2012 at 8:20 am

This series of books is great.

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17 Liz February 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

We’re just starting these at our house, so this would be perfect!

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18 Kimberly February 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

My kids are really enjoying the books, so i think this book would be an extra bonus for them to read.

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19 Tammy Gordon February 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Would love to win & share this before the movies come out

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20 Joy Mills
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Would love to win – thanks!

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21 Kate {The Parchment Girl}
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I loved this series and I’m so excited about the movie coming out in March! I would love to win a copy of this!
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22 Anne February 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thanks for this giveaway.

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23 Daniel M February 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm

haven’t read any of those yet, sounds interesting

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24 Bin February 7, 2012 at 4:55 am

Would love it. BIG Hunger games fan!

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25 Barb February 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I have had this book on reserve at the library for quite some time, but I’m STILL on the waiting list. Would *love* to win it!
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26 Beth C February 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Love to win this – thanks for the chance!

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27 Stephanie February 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Haven’t read them yet, but the series is on my list!

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28 Shelly B. February 9, 2012 at 12:06 am

I had a student ask me about this book today…would love to win it for my classroom.
Thanks!

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29 nannypanpan February 12, 2012 at 2:19 am

sounds good
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30 Melissa February 12, 2012 at 2:47 am

Loved the books! This would be great to have!

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31 Melissa February 12, 2012 at 3:24 am

Loved the books!! This would be great to have!

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32 Shannon Baas February 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Looks like a good book.

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33 Renee C. February 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

The Hunger Games were amazing… I would love to read this as well.

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34 Linda Peters February 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Sounds like a great read, thanks

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35 Susan Smith February 14, 2012 at 9:02 am

Sounds like a good book

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36 Desmond February 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Count me in, please!

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37 Stacie February 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I loved the Hunger GAmes and would love to win!

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38 Erica Best February 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm

thanks for the gieaway

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39 Ashley K. February 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I keep hearing about this book and I haven’t read it yet! Thanks for the giveaway!

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40 jennifer February 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm

My daughter is nuts about this series. Thanks.
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41 Marci February 16, 2012 at 10:06 am

please enter me – thanks!

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42 susan varney February 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

love this genre i hope to win it (please e-mail me if i wini don’t want to miss it)

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43 Diane Baum February 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Sorry, didn’t like the title it reminded me of the Swedish series-but i would love to read this book.

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44 Mallory Nichols February 16, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I would love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway.

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45 Karen February 17, 2012 at 7:30 am

I would love to win. Thaks for the giveaway.

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46 Valerie Taylor Mabrey February 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I would like to win
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47 Kim H. February 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

It said I posted ‘too quickly’ even though I only had one post here.

We like Collins in our house, but agree the title doesn’t jive with the way she usually has titles. Hope the publishers didn’t make her change to be more like Larsen.

Sorry if this is a second post. It seemed like my first didn’t make it.

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48 shawna February 18, 2012 at 10:08 am

Would love to read this.

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49 kathy pease February 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
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50 Ed Nemmers February 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Yes, I would love to win!

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51 Lisa Taylor February 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I want to win this for my oldest daughter

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52 Leah Shumack February 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I would love to read this!

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53 Beth Hargett February 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

My college roommate (yes that was a few years ago lol) told me I needed to read this series and I would love to start with winning this book! :) Thank you for the chance.

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54 tracey johnson February 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

i would love to win, thanks

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55 cheryl morrell February 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

LOVE the HUNGER GAMES… making my husband read the books and he is really into them too…

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56 shirley pebbles February 19, 2012 at 1:53 am

I would love to win this. Heard great reviews. Thanks

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57 Yvonne North February 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

I find it interesting that teen novels are so popular with adults. From Harry Potter to Hunger Games we are lapping them up, so I would like to read this book for some insight into this.

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58 James Coyne February 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm

This sounds like a great book. i would love to win

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59 sarah u February 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

i would love to win this book, i just heard about the series

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60 susan February 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Would love to win this book!

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61 kristin z February 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Would love to win! Been getting into this the closer and closer to the premier!

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62 Sand February 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I would love to win!

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63 Veronica Garrett February 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

This sounds like a great series. I would love to win the book. Thanks.

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