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Get the latest scoop on the The Hunger Games books in order here. There are now five total books in light of the June 2024 announcement that Sunrise on the Reaping will be published on March 18, 2025. You’ll learn all about this and the other books in the bestselling series below, so let’s get literary!

The Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins on a table in a bookstore.

How Many Hunger Games Books Are There?

the hunger games books in order infographic.

There are five total Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins:

  1. The Hunger Games (2008)
  2. Catching Fire (2009)
  3. Mockingjay (2010)
  4. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2020)
  5. Sunrise on the Reaping (March 18, 2025)

The first three books (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) form a trilogy.

The fourth book published ten years later, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, is a prequel that takes place decades earlier.

What we know so far about the fifth book, Sunrise on the Reaping, is:

Sunrise on the Reaping revisits the world of Panem twenty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Fiftieth Hunger Games, also known as the Second Quarter Quell.”

Reading Order of The Hunger Games Books

The reading order of The Hunger Games books can be in the order of the publication date (as listed above).

Alternatively, the reader may choose to read The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, a prequel set several decades before, first.

While not much is known about the 2025 release of Sunrise on the Reaping yet, it is also a prequel that can likely be read before the three original books.

About Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Books

Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games book series, in front of a Hunger Games movie sign.

The Hunger Games novels by Suzanne Collins are New York Times bestselling books that have sold over 100 million copies to date, thanks, in part, to their popular movie adaptations starring Jennifer Lawrence, including the recent 2023 film release of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

These popular Young Adult books begin by following teenager Katniss Everdeen in a dystopian world in which children fight a televised battle royale similar to that of gladiators.

Before becoming a bestselling author, Collins wrote for children’s television, including Nickelodeon shows.

Let’s explore the basic plots of each of the four books in The Hunger Games book series!

There are some very general plot spoilers below since the descriptions of books in a chronological series are discussed.

The Hunger Games (2008; Book 1 of 5)

“When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.”

This famous first line begins The Hunger Games, a book series of four dystopian young adult novels set in the futuristic totalitarian nation of Panem, which is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol.

Each year, one boy and one girl from each district are selected as “tributes” to participate in a televised event in which they must fight for survival in a vast outdoor arena until only one remains.

This story follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen from District 12, who volunteers to take her younger sister’s place. Through her story, themes of survival, inequality, and war are explored.


Catching Fire (2009; Book 2 of 5)

Catching Fire continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, who, after winning the Hunger Games, returns to her home in District 12.

But, all is not the same. She has caused controversy in the districts and the Capitol, leading the Capitol to announce a special edition of the Hunger Games, the Quarter Quell, in which Katniss and Peeta Mellark must compete again.

Here, politics, power, and rebellion are explored more deeply.


Mockingjay (2010; Book 3 of 5)

In Mockingjay, Katniss Everdeen has become “the Mockingjay” — the symbol of a rebellion against the Capitol.

Now, she must lead the Districts in a full-fledged war against the Capitol and confront everything from love to loss in her epic quest for justice. Here, in addition to power, the moralities of war are explored more deeply, along with the trauma brought upon by it.


The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2020; Book 4 of 5)

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a prequel set 64 years before the events in the first three Hunger Games trilogy of books.

This book provides the backstory of the history of Panem with a focus on a young Coriolanus Snow, before his ascent to President of Panem, and it provides the factual foundation for the tyrannical character he became in the stories involving Katniss Everdeen.

Here, the seeds of the themes of power and rebellion are planted.


Sunrise on the Reaping (2025; Book 5 of 5)

The current plot description for Sunrise on the Reaping is:

Sunrise on the Reaping revisits the world of Panem twenty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Fiftieth Hunger Games, also known as the Second Quarter Quell.”

About the book, Suzanne Collins has said:

“With Sunrise on the Reaping, I was inspired by David Hume’s idea of implicit submission and, in his words, ‘the easiness with which the many are governed by the few’ […] The story also lent itself to a deeper dive into the use of propaganda and the power of those who control the narrative. The question ‘Real or not real?’ seems more pressing to me every day.”

And, yes, it will be adapted to film, which is set for a 2026 release date.

Bonus: The Hunger Games Aesthetic Wallpaper Quote

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Frequently Asked Questions

In what order should I read Hunger Games?

Most readers read The Hunger Games books in order of publication: The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009), Mockingjay (2010), The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2020), and Sunrise on the Reaping (2025). However, the last two books are prequels that may be read first instead of last.

Are there more Hunger Games books?

Yes. In June 2024, it was announced that a fifth book in the series, Sunrise on the Reaping, will be published on March 18, 2025.

Is there a 5 Hunger Games book?

Yes. The fifth Hunger Games book, Sunrise on the Reaping, will be published on March 18, 2025.

Is there only 4 Hunger Games books?

No, there are 5. In June 2024, it was announced that the fifth book, Sunrise on the Reaping, will be published on March 18, 2025.

What is the first Hunger Games book called?

The Hunger Games (2008) is the first book in the series by Suzanne Collins.

Will there be another Hunger Games book?

Yes. In June 2024, it was announced that the fifth book, Sunrise on the Reaping, will be published on March 18, 2025.

Conclusion

The Hunger Games books in order are: The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009), Mockingjay (2010), The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2020), and Sunrise on the Reaping (2025). Most readers read them in order of publication. However, the last two books are prequels that may be read first instead of last.

You can buy these books separately or as part of a set.

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