Twilight fans queuing in Leicester Square ahead of tonight’s Eclipse premiere have been passing the time by reading Suzanne Collins’ phenomenal book The Hunger Games.
3,000 copies of The Hunger Games have been distributed to teenagers and young adults this afternoon, who were eager to read the book recommended by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. Meyer became a champion of The Hunger Games books after posting a rave review on her website.
“My latest excitement is this: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn't have to stop reading. The story kept me up for several nights in a row, because even after I was finished, I just lay in bed wide awake thinking about it. I've been recommending it to total strangers in Target. And now to everyone who reads my website. The Hunger Games is amazing.”
Further praise followed when Stephenie Meyer read book two The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
“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. I suggest beginning in the early morning and clearing your calendar for the day.”
Since The Hunger Games was first published in January 2009, enthusiasm for the series has grown exponentially. Even Stephen King “couldn’t stop reading”.
The final installment of the heart-stopping Hunger Games trilogy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, will be published in the UK, on 25th August following a worldwide embargo.
The global print run for The Hunger Games Mockingjay is in excess of 1.2 million copies.
It is one of the most eagerly-awaited books of the summer.
“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