NEW YORK (AP) – A decade after the â€œHunger Gamesâ€ series had apparently ended, readers were clearly ready for more.
Suzanne Collins’ â€œThe Ballad of Songbirds and Snakesâ€ sold more 500,000 copies last week, even as many of the country’s bookstores were closed or offering limited service because of the coronavirus pandemic. The total includes print, e-books and audiobooks, according to Collins’ publisher, Scholastic.
NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of the print market, reported Wednesday that â€œSongbirds and Snakes” topped last week’s list with 270,000 copies sold. Collins’ book, a prequel to her previous â€œHunger Gamesâ€ novels, came 10 years after the author seemingly wrapped up the Dystopian series with â€œMockingjay.” The Associated Press in a review praised the new novel, released May 19, as â€œmesmerizingâ€ and called Collins â€œa master of building a fascinating world around complex characters.â€
The opening for â€œSongbirds and Snakesâ€ was slightly higher than the numbers reported for â€œMockingjayâ€ in 2010, when Scholastic announced first week sales of more than 450,000. Collins’ novels, which also include â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€ and â€œCatching Fire,” have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and are the basis for a billion dollar movie franchise.