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New 'Hunger Games' book sells more than 500,000 copies

Suzanne Collins
Posted at 5:56 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 05:57:23-04

A decade after the “Hunger Games" series had apparently ended, readers were clearly ready for more. Suzanne Collins’ “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” 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.

Collins' publisher, Scholastic, says the total includes print, e-books and audiobooks.

Collins’ book, a prequel to her previous “Hunger Games” novels, came 10 years after the author seemingly wrapped up the Dystopian series with “Mockingjay.” The Associated Press praised the new work in a review as “mesmerizing.”