Books in ‘The Hunger Games’ Series in Chronological Order

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Suzanne Collins, the author who wrote the ‘The Hunger Games’ series, was inspired by the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur.

Do you remember The Jetsons? They lived in a Utopian future, where most of their work was aided by machines. Everything was available at the touch of a button. They may have had their problems, but they never had to struggle to get food and water. A Dystopian future is exactly the opposite of that scenario; totally dark and bleak, where the law of the jungle takes precedence over altruism.

Guess it’s time to introduce you to the author who started the trend of dystopian novels – Suzanne Collins. She started her work as a writer for children shows, namely Clarissa Explains It All, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Little Bear, and Oswald. She was the head writer for Scholastic Entertainment’s Clifford’s Puppy Days. Later on, she decided to become an author herself, when she met children’s author James Proimos. She published her first book Gregor the Overlander in 2003. This would be the first of The Underland Chronicles, followed by many others like Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, Gregor and the Marks of Secret, and last but not least, Gregor and the Code of Claw.

In 2008, we were introduced to the Hunger Games, the first of the trilogy published by Collins, which launched her to international stardom. Later on, Lions Gate Entertainment bought the rights of The Hunger Games, and produced a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, which was a blockbuster hit, and prompted Time Magazine to add her to their list of the most influential people in 2010. Here , we give you a brief introduction of the Hunger Games books, in order of release.

The Hunger Games

Released: 2008

ISBN: 978-0-439-02352-8

Pages: 374

Welcome to the nation of Panem. Set in the distant future, where food and water are hard to come by, the residents try to live as peacefully as possible. The nation is divided into 13 districts, each separated from the other, as a sort of punishment for rebelling against the Capitol ruled under a titular king called The President.

The President organizes the Hunger Games, an annual event in which the participants are decided by the luck of draw. Katniss Everdeen, our protagonist, lives in District 12, and wants to live a normal life as a hunter. But when her sister’s name is pulled up, she volunteers to participate as her substitute. She meets Peeta Mellark, her partner from the same district. Can she survive with her limited skills in a game with only one winner in the end? You have to read this to find out.

Catching Fire

Released: 2009

ISBN: 978-0-545-22724-7

Pages: 391

Catching Fire is the sequel to the Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta have both emerged as the winners of The Hunger Games, enraging the Capitol. For their defiance, they organize a special edition of The Hunger Games, where the previous winners take part, with only one winner slated to emerge in the end.

Can Katniss and Peeta survive this ordeal, and return to District 12 in one piece. The only way you can find out is to read this sequel novel.

Mockingjay

Released: 2010

ISBN: 978-0-439-02351-1

Pages: 390

Mockingjay is the final book to complete the trilogy of the Hunger Games. The story centers around Katniss, as she becomes the symbol of hope and rebellion against the Capitol. She leads a group called the Star Squad, consisting of members of the Hunger Games.

Will she be able to kill the President who has Peeta as his last trump card? Read this last part to know more in this epic conclusion to a fantastic series.

Well, now that we have given you the rundown of all her books, you can catch up pretty quickly. For those of you who have already read her books, here are some other books like The Hunger Games that you could get a hold of and read. Let us know what you feel, in the comments section below.

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