ETA 08/25/2010: since this still seems to be getting traffic: book review over here.
I guess this is to be expected with a release this big, but it still comes out as a big controversy. For those who don't know, Andrew Sims of MuggleNet.com somehow got his hands on a copy of Mockingjay this past week. He tweeted about it. He posted a picture of it (the one you see above). How did his get it? Scholastic has no idea.
Response to this has been varied. The general consensus is something like "he will/should get in a lot of trouble for this". Of course, just reading comments in this article shows the wide range of feelings people are having:
by Mel C. in August 11 - 5:29 pm
I’m not mad at all. He of all people should be the one to get it. Andrew seems trustworthy enough not to spoil us! I’m just a tad jealous, though!to
by Jlpnyy on twitter in August 11 - 5:13 pm
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I HATE HIM I WANT THAT BOOK!
by MikeMagpuyo in August 11 - 5:10 pm
Luck beyond measure. Wow. Hope the end is grand and fulfilling.
by darcy in August 11 - 4:59 pm
why would he tell every onne i dot think that was smartSims comment (on the Examiner link I gave above): Sims responded to a request for a comment, saying "I don't really have any comment and honestly I'm just hoping for it to pass. I didn't expect it to get such a reaction!"
My thoughts: Meh. I don't like to presume I know what others' intentions were, but what exactly did he think would happen if he tweeted about it? That not one of his 10000+ followers and their followers' followers and so on would notice he had the most anticipated book of the year, the one with no ARCs, the one not even its publicist (Sheila Marie) got to read? That people wouldn't question him about the fact he's not supposed to have it? Why not be discreet about it?
Personally, though, what happens or doesn't happen to him concerns me not one bit so long as he doesn't post spoilers (which I don't think he will). I'm with Sassymonkey on this: I want to read this book when everyone else will be able to and the discussion will be thrilling and exciting and everyone will be in a frenzy to post about it and AH it will be so awesome.
But seeing the hardcover like that kinda made me really excited. That book! Out on the 24th! In our hands! SO. COOL.
ETA: This Google Blog Search results page yields some interesting commentary on what happened.