Everyone’s waiting for Mockingjay… THE FINAL BOOK IN THE HEART-STOPPING HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY.

by |July 22, 2010

Everyone’s waiting for Mockingjay…

THE FINAL BOOK IN THE HEART-STOPPING HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY.

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Can Katniss Everdeen win the final fight against the Capitol?

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe.

The Capitol is angry.
The Capitol wants revenge.
Who do they think should pay for the unrest?
Katniss.

And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12…

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STOP THE PRESS: Scholastic Increases First Printing of Mockingjay, the Final Book of The Hunger Games Trilogy, to 1.2 Million Copies!

“Fervently awaited” The New Yorker

“The most eagerly awaited book this summer… wreathed in Harry Potter-like secrecy” Wall Street Journal

“Young-adult readers will devour the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy before the school year begins, but Collins’ adult fans may have to call in sick to work. Who wants to focus on the present when heroine Katniss Everdeen is in jeopardy in the post-apocalyptic future?” TIME magazine

“Anticipation and speculation have been building ever since fans closed the page on the cliffhanger ending of Catching Fire, the second in Suzanne Collins’s bestselling Hunger Games trilogy. What will happen in book three?” Publishers Weekly

Suzanne Collins is the author of the bestselling Underland Chronicles, which started with Gregor the Overlander.  In The Hunger Games, she continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age.  Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

“I got an early look at a book I’ve been eagerly awaiting: CATCHING FIRE , the sequel to Suzanne Collins’ phenomenal THE HUNGER GAMES . It 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. Suzanne takes the story places I wasn’t expecting, and she’s never afraid to take it to very hard places. Stunning. You won’t sleep when you’re reading this one. It hits shelves September 1st. I suggest beginning in the early morning and clearing your calendar for the day.Stephenie Meyer, author of the multi-million-selling Twilight Saga

Stephen King on The Hunger Games: “As negative Utopias go, Suzanne Collins has created a dilly. The United States is gone. North America has become Panem, a TV-dominated dictatorship run from a city called the Capitol. The rest of Panem is divided into 12 Districts (the former 13th had the bad judgment to revolt and no longer exists). The yearly highlight in this nightmare world is the Hunger Games, a bloodthirsty reality TV show in which 24 teenagers chosen by lottery – two from each District – fight each other in a desolate environment called the “arena.” The winner gets a life of ease; the losers get death. The only “unspoken rule” is that you can’t eat the dead contestants. Let’s see the makers of the movie version try to get a PG-13 on this baby.

Our heroine is Katniss Everdeen (lame name, cool kid), a resident of District 12, which used to be Appalachia. She lives in a desperately poor mining community called the Seam, and when her little sister’s name is chosen as one of the contestants in the upcoming Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to take her place. A gutsy decision, given the fact that District 12 hasn’t produced a Hunger Games winner in 30 years or so, making them the Chicago Cubs of the postapocalypse world. Complicating her already desperate situation is her growing affection for the other District 12 contestant, a clueless baker’s son named Peeta Mellark. Further complicating her situation is her sorta-crush on her 18-year-old hunting partner, Gale. Gale isn’t clueless; Gale is smoldering. Says so right on page 14.

The love triangle is fairly standard teen-read stuff; what 16-year-old girl wouldn’t like to have two interesting guys to choose from? The rest of The Hunger Games, however, is a violent, jarring speed–rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense and may also generate a fair amount of controversy. I couldn’t stop reading, and once I got over the main character’s name (Gale calls her Catnip – ugh), I got to like her a lot. And although “young adult novel” is a dumbbell term I put right up there with “jumbo shrimp” and “airline food” in the oxymoron sweepstakes, how many novels so categorized feature one character stung to death by monster wasps and another more or less eaten alive by mutant werewolves? I say more or less because Katniss, a bow-and-arrow Annie Oakley, puts the poor kid out of his misery before the werewolves can get to the prime cuts.

Collins is an efficient no-nonsense prose stylist with a pleasantly dry sense of humor. Reading The Hunger Games is as addictive (and as violently simple) as playing one of those shoot-it-if-it-moves videogames in the lobby of the local eightplex; you know it’s not real, but you keep plugging in quarters anyway. Balancing off the efficiency are displays of authorial laziness that kids will accept more readily than adults. When Katniss needs burn cream or medicine for Peeta, whom she more or less babysits during the second half of the book, the stuff floats down from the sky on silver parachutes. And although the bloody action in the arena is televised by multiple cameras, Collins never mentions Katniss seeing one. Also, readers of Battle Royale (by Koushun Takami), The Running Man, or The Long Walk (those latter two by some guy named Bachman) will quickly realize they have visited these TV badlands before.

But since this is the first novel of a projected trilogy, it seems to me that the essential question is whether or not readers will care enough to stick around and find out what comes next for Katniss. I know I will. But then, I also have a habit of playing Time Crisis until all my quarters are gone.”

Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly Online

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STOP THE PRESS: Scholastic Increases First Printing of Mockingjay, the Final Book of The Hunger Games Trilogy, to 1.2 Million Copies!

New York, NY — Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, has announced  that it has increased the first printing of Mockingjay, the final book in the nationally bestselling The Hunger Games trilogy, to 1.2 million, from a previously announced 750,000 copies. First published in September 2008, The Hunger Games was an instant bestseller, appealing to both teen readers and adults. It has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 93 consecutive weeks since publication, and there are more than 2.3 million copies of the first two books in the trilogy in print in the U.S. and Canada to date (more than 1.4 million copies of The Hunger Games since September 2008 and more than 900,000 copies of its sequel Catching Fire in less than one year since its September 2009 publication).

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John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Product and Chief Buyer at booktopia.com.au.

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  • sidne

    July 30, 2010 at 11:26 am

    OMG I love the hunger games

  • alex

    August 30, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    ii can’t wait for this book!
    can’t wait to see the system crumble

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