Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series comprises a trilogy of young adult dystopian novels, set in a future which has grown rampant with corruption, poverty, and immoral behaviour. The story takes place in the country of Panem, which consists of the wealthy Capitol, surrounded by 12 districts that are in varying states of impoverishment. Each year, children from the various zones are chosen at random to participate in a battle royale, which is a televised fight to the death.
The novels were exceptionally well received commercially, coming second only to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series of books on NPR’s top 100 teen novels. By 2012, over 26 million Hunger Games books were in print. Amazon announced on the 17th of August, 2012, that The Hunger Games trilogy was its top seller, managing to surpass the record that was previously held by the Harry Potter series.
The series has also been adapted into a film franchise which has been well-received commercially, with each film performing well at the box office.
Collins has said that she drew on both classical and contemporary sources while writing the novels, although she has not cited any specific works.