The Hunger Games series is a young adult trilogy by Suzanne Collins set in a future where children are forced to fight until only one remains. The first book, The Hunger Games, was released in 2008, and the third and final book was released in 2010. All books in the series have been adapted into feature length movies, though there are four films, as the last book, Mockingjay has been split into two moves, Part 1 and Part 2.
Only the most hardened of readers will manage to read the series without shedding at least few tears along the way, a testament to the ability of Suzanne Collins to create characters readers care about. But readers do need to be aware that the books are violent and cruel in places, in a way that the feint hearted might find distressing.
This series is listed as recommended reading for children in secondary schools, though some children of primary school age are reading the books. Parents are advised to take note of the above, and remember that the basic premise of the series is that children are forced to kill other children.
As the series is set in the future, there is an abundance of cool technology but in a way that won’t put off technophobes, as the story really is less about the gadgets and more about social demographics, class hierarchies, oppression, greed and bravery.
The books are generally considered to be an easy read that is very difficult to put down. However the third and final book in the trilogy is a lot darker than the first two books, and as such may be rated less favourably by some fans.
- Release date of the final film, Mocking Jay – Part 2 is due for general release on 20th November 2015
Below is a list of The Hunger Games books in the order they need to be read.