The Hunger Games

What is it?

The award-winning and bestselling futuristic trilogy for teen readers (ages 12 to adult) by Suzanne Collins

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 12 to adult


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Release Date

The Hunger Games was released in September 2008. Catching Fire, the second book of The Hunger Games trilogy, was published September 1, 2009, and Mockingjay was released August 24, 2010

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#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2010
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
A 2010 Booklist Editors' Choice
A 2010 Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010

“Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire."

             -Entertainment Weekly

“Suspenseful... Collins' fans, grown-ups included, will race to the end."

             -USA Today

“At its best the trilogy channels the political passion of 1984, the memorable violence of A Clockwork Orange, the imaginative ambience of The Chronicles of Narnia and the detailed inventiveness of Harry Potter."

             -New York Times Book Review

“Unfolding in Collins' engaging, intelligent prose and assembled into chapters that end with didn't-see-that-coming cliffhangers, this finale is every bit the pressure cooker of its forebears. [Mockingjay] is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow."

             -Los Angeles Times

star “This concluding volume in Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy accomplishes a rare feat, the last installment being the best yet, a beautifully orchestrated and intelligent novel that succeeds on every level."

             -Publishers Weekly, starred review


#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction Book of 2009
A People Magazine (Top 10) Best Book of 2009
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
A Los Angeles Times Best Children’s Book of 2009
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009
A Booklist Editors' Choice 2009
A Kirkus Best Book of 2009

“Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power."

            -Time Magazine

“Collins expertly blends fantasy, romance and political intrigue (so who needs vampires?)."

             -People Magazine

“Collins has joined J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer as a writer of children's books that adults are eager to read.”


Catching Fire not only lived up to my high expectations, it surpassed them. It's just as exciting as The Hunger Games, but even more gut wrenching, because you already know these characters,  you've already suffered with them.”

            -Stephenie Meyer,


#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Horn Book Fanfare
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2008
A Booklist Editors’ Choice
A New York Times Notable Book of 2008
A Kirkus Best Book of 2008
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice 

“I couldn't stop reading."

             -Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

“The Hunger Games is amazing.”

-Stephenie Meyer,

“Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced.”

-John Green, The New York Times Book Review


Scholastic to Publish The Hunger Games Special Edition by Suzanne Collins to Celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of The Hunger Games
(April 19, 2018)

Scholastic to Publish Year of the Jungle, an Autobiographical Picture Book by Suzanne Collins in Fall 2013
(November 29, 2012)

Scholastic Announces Updated U.S. Figures for Suzanne Collins's Bestselling The Hunger Games Trilogy
(July 19, 2012)

Scholastic Announces Updated U.S. In-print Figures for Suzanne Collins' Bestselling The Hunger Games Trilogy
(March 28, 2012)

A Message from Suzanne Collins about The Hunger Games Movie
(March 1, 2012)

Scholastic to Add new Title to The Hunger Games Movie Tie-in Program
(November 3, 2011)

Lionsgate Joins Scribd,, and Scholastic for The Hunger Games National Literacy Month Campaign
(September 1, 2011)

Scholastic Introduces Gift Edition of The Hunger Games (Holiday 2011), To Be Followed by Movie Tie-In Program (Spring 2012)
(June 16, 2011)

Scholastic announces Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, is winner of Mockingjay display contest with prize of store visit by Suzanne Collins
(October 21, 2010)

Mockingjay tops all national bestseller lists with sales of more than 450,000 copies in its first week of publication, and Scholastic goes back to press for an additional 400,000 copies
(September 2, 2010)

Scholastic Increases First Printing of Mockingjay, the Final Book of The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, to 1.2 Million Copies and Announces Fall Tour Markets
(July 1, 2010)

Suzanne Collins's Third Book in The Hunger Games Trilogy to be Published on August 24, 2010
(December 3, 2009)

Scholastic Publishes Catching Fire

Scholastic Publishes The Hunger Games

LionsGate Acquires Worldwide Distribution Rights for The Hunger Games Film
(March 17, 2009)


  • Scholastic has more than 70 million copies of the original three books in The Hunger Games trilogy in print and digital formats in the U.S. (more than 29 million copies of The Hunger Games; more than 21 million copies of Catching Fire; and more than 20 million copies of Mockingjay), and more than 100 million copies in print worldwide.
  • The Hunger Games spent more than 260 consecutive weeks/more than five consecutive years to on The New York Times bestseller list, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.
  • Released by Lionsgate Entertainment, The Hunger Games is a global blockbuster film franchise that has spawned four record-breaking films from 2012-2015 and, collectively, the films have grossed over $3 billion at the global box office. The films boast a star-studded cast including Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.  The world of The Hunger Games that Suzanne Collins created continues to grow as theme parks and special attractions launch around the globe. Now fans around the world also can engage in immersive experiences such as The World of the Hunger Games at Motiongate Dubai and The Hunger Games in Concert Global Tour.
  • The Hunger Games trilogy has been sold into 56 territories in 53 languages to date.
  • NECA is the licensee to The Hunger Games trilogy book merchandise. For more information, please visit
  • Suzanne Collins named to the Entertainment Weekly 2010 Entertainers of the Year list (December 3, 2010)
  • Suzanne Collins named to the 2010 TIME 100 list (April 29, 2010)
  • List of awards and citations for The Hunger Games trilogy
  • Year of the Jungle, Suzanne Collins’s picture book based on the year her father was deployed in Viet Nam, with illustrations by James Proimos, was published September 10, 2013. Click here for more information about Year of the Jungle.

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About Suzanne Collins

Bestselling author SUZANNE COLLINS first made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles fantasy series for middle grade readers. She continued to explore themes of war and violence for a YA audience with The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Hunger Games (2008) was an instant bestseller, appealing to both teen readers and adults. It was called “addictive” by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly and “amazing” by Stephanie Meyer on her website. The book appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 260 consecutive weeks (more than five consecutive years), and there are more than 100 million copies of all three books in the trilogy, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire (2009), and Mockingjay (2010), in print and digital formats worldwide. Foreign publishing rights for The Hunger Games Trilogy have been sold into 56 territories in 53 languages to date. In 2012 Lionsgate launched the first of four films based on the novels, starring Jennifer Lawrence. To date, the franchise has earned nearly $3 Billion at the worldwide box office.

Year of the Jungle, Suzanne Collins’s picture book based on the year her father was deployed in Viet Nam, with illustrations by James Proimos, was published in 2013 to great critical acclaim.

Suzanne Collins also had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy®-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. She received a Writer’s Guild of America nomination in animation for co-writing the critically acclaimed Christmas special, Santa, Baby!

In 2010 Suzanne Collins was named to the TIME 100 list as well as the Entertainment Weekly Entertainers of the Year list; in 2011 Fast Company named her to their 100 Most Creative People in Business; and in 2016 she was presented the 2016 Authors Guild Award for Distinguished Service to the Literary Community for exemplifying the unique power of young people’s literature to change lives and to create lifelong book lovers. It was the first time the Guild presented its annual award to a YA author. The Atlantic called Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, “the most important female character in recent pop culture history,” and TIME Magazine named Katniss to its list of “The 100 Most influential People Who Never Lived.”