A decade after the seemingly ending “Hunger Games” series, readers were clearly thirsty for more.
Suzanne Collins ‘”The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” sold more than 500,000 copies last week, even as many of the country’s bookstores were closed or offering a limited service due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Collins’ publisher, Scholastic, the total includes print, e-books and audiobooks.
NPD BookScan, which tracks about 85 percent of the print market, reported on Wednesday that “Songbirds and Snakes” finished last week’s list with 270,000 sold copies. Collins’ book, a prequel to her previous “Hunger Games” novels, came 10 years after the author apparently wrapped up the Dystopian series with “Mockingjay.”
The Associated Press gave the book, which was released on May 19, a positive review calling it “mesmerizing” and naming Collins “a master of building a fascinating world around complex characters.”
The opening for “Songbirds and Snakes” was significantly higher than the figures recorded for “Mockingjay” in 2010, when Scholastic revealed sales of more than 450,000 within the first week.
Collins’ novels, including “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire,” have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and are the basis for a $1 billion franchise for films.