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Hunger Games Trilogy Named Best Selling Series of All Time on Amazon

Hunger Games Book 1Suzanne Collins’s mega bestselling series, The Hunger Games Trilogy, is now the bestselling series of all time on Amazon.  This series has even beaten Harry Potter.  All three books are available in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library to to check out for free.  For those who aren’t Prime members, all of the books run about $5 each.

The trilogy takes place in post-war United States.  The new country is called Panem, and is composed of 12 districts that each provide different goods for the Capitol.  District 13 was supposedly destroyed when the Capitol took control.  The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen and her family live in District 12, the smallest and poorest district.

The Hunger Games is a lot like the Olympics, except that it is a group of teenagers who are put in an arena.  The 24 young tributes fight to the death until there is one remaining victor.

The Hunger Games

The first book in the dystopian series introduces the reader to the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, her best friend Gale, and fellow tribute, Peeta, along with many other interesting characters.  Katniss and Peeta represent District 12 in the Hunger Games.

Catching Fire

Katniss and Peeta are in for another fight for their lives.  The whole country of Panem is stirred up, and on the brink of rebellion.  Surprisingly, this book sucked me in a lot more than the other two.

Mockingjay

The final book in the trilogy covers the full on rebellion in Panem, with Katniss as the Mockingjay.  The Mockingjay gives them hope for a better future.  Will the Districts succeed in taking the Capitol?  It is yet to be seen.

I’m keeping the summaries short to avoid risk of spoiling anything for those who have not read the series yet.  The obstacles that Katniss, Peeta and others face are just downright bizarre.  But, there is a very human aspect to the books as well.  That’s what drew me into Harry Potter, and has done the same with the Hunger Games Trilogy.

The writing style and Katniss’s point of view also makes this trilogy so easy to relate to despite the brutal circumstances.  The reader gets a glimpse of her thoughts, emotions, reactions to various situations, and her feelings for the people around her.  I also love the sense of humor.  The characters find humor despite the dire circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

Kindle Ad Spoils Hunger Games In D.C.

The Hunger Games has by now become a pop culture phenomenon the likes of which we have not seen since the days of Harry Potter, and it is already far easier to get your hands on the Kindle Editions.  I’m forgetting the Twilight series on purpose here, mostly because I wish I could.  Anyway, as with any such popular series, the fans are interested in taking things at their own pace.  When those fans primarily interested in the movie versions of the young adult series (or just those who are behind on/late with their reading) are exposed to major plot details relevant to the as-yet unreleased second movie, it is understandably upsetting.

Amazon dropped the ball slightly on this one and ran an ad in the Washington D.C. metro that throws these details up on a billboard for all to see.  Meant to highlight the availability of the series on the Kindle and play to up the association with the anticipated second film, the billboard shows off the first page of Mockingjay (Hunger Games Book 3) in plain, easily read text displayed on the screen of a Kindle.  Normally this wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but Collins opens that book with some fairly key points about the plot that amount to major spoilers for the second book, Catching Fire.

The ad has received huge amounts of attention through Twitter and Facebook, with many expressing disappointment or outrage over Amazon’s carelessness.  While understandable, it is hard to get too upset.  Many fans might only have recently become familiar with the series thanks to the movies, and might even be exclusively interested in the movie adaptations, but Mockingjay was released in 2010.  To expect ongoing self-censorship on a huge scale for years at a time is a great way to be disappointed.

It is unlikely that Harry Potter fans, to re-use the comparison, were able to wait the four years between book release and movie opening before learning about the way Snape and Dumbledore interact in the sixth book of Rowling’s series.  If you want to be safe from this kind of exposure, I wish you the best of luck despite the difficulties.  The Kindle advertisement in question can be found on the Blue Line of the DC Metro.

Amazon has not responded to any of the inquiries about the unwelcome revelation so far, but the fact that it caught sufficient attention to make people think of the Kindle and The Hunger Games in the same context probably makes this a win for the marketing team.  While it would be incredibly bad for the image of the Kindle line in general if this sort of plot spoiler was used as a regular advertising gimmick, one instance is unlikely to be enough for public apologies and the tearing down of a billboard.

Link To The Ad In Question

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

All three of the books in the Hunger Games Trilogy have been on top of the Kindle Bestseller list longer than any other books I’ve seen.  Suzanne Collins is one of the few authors who have managed to reach one million Kindle books sold.

The movie based on the first Hunger Games book will be released this weekend.  The excitement is comparable to the Harry Potter movie releases.  I hope that this movie will do the book justice.  I am particularly excited about this because North Carolina is the primary setting for the movie, and several scenes were shot in my hometown.

For a brief overview of the trilogy, see the post I wrote about it a couple years ago: Hunger Games Trilogy: Kindle Edition.

The setting is a futuristic world.  The country is a post war United States, and is divided into 12 districts.  The Hunger Games are sort of like the Olympics, except that it involves teenagers, and only one survives.  Each districts sends a male and female to the Games.  It sounds pretty brutal, and it is, but it shocks me sometimes how much science fiction or futuristic writing can address issues that we deal with today.

If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can check out all three books in the trilogy for free through the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, Unfortunately, it limits you to one each month,   Otherwise, each book is about five bucks.  Considering how addicting the reviewers say the books are, I can’t imagine wanting to wait a whole month for each one.

Mia

“The author has a way to do what so many writers cant. She brings you in, keeps you there and then rocks your entire world. I am really good at predicting where a story is going to go, however, just when I was thinking it would go one way the book went in a completely different direction. Fantastic series, if I could give more stars I would. If the movie is a tenth as good as this trilogy I think it may become my favorite!! ”

 

Kindle with Special Offers and Amazon Visa Deal

kindleWow, owners of the new Special Offers Kindle can gets some pretty sweet deals through Amazon (NASDAQ: Amazon).  One of the current offers is, when you order select bestsellers or classics for your Kindle, you can get a $10 Amazon.com credit.

The additional catch is that you have to use your Amazon visa card.  Now I will say this, I recently got one, and have heard great things about it.  You get points with your purchases, and can get extra points for purchases from Amazon.  Once you accrue enough points, you can redeem them for amazon.com credit and many other goodies.  So far, there haven’t been any annoying fees or promotions that most credit card companies push.

Some of the bestsellers include the recent hit Water for Elephants, The Hunger Game series and Michael Lewis’s The Big Short.  You’ll also find classics from old favorites such as Mark Twain, the Bronte sisters, and Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables).

Check out this page for a complete list of bestsellers and classics that you can choose from.

The current offer goes until May 21st.  Happy reading!