Final 'Hunger Games' novel has been given a title and a cover

For fans starving for news on the Hunger Games series, there’s good news: Scholastic has revealed new details on the final book in Suzanne Collins’ YA trilogy. The new cover continues the previous books’ ornithological theme, and the latest entry will be titled Mockingjay, after the hybrid birds that feature in the novels’ storyline.

The previous two books, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, were set in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by a ruthless and powerful authoritarian government that sponsors violent games of survival. Details on the plot of the final novel, which is set to release Aug. 24, are being kept under tight lock-and-key, although Scholastic VP Editorial Director David Levithan did reveal a jokey list of story elements that will most definitely not be appearing in Mockingjay, including “At no point does President Snow utter the line, ‘This is Snowmageddon, baby’” and “In a tough editorial call, we decided not to have Katniss win the Hunger Games…only to be interrupted by Kanye West.” Not too much to go on for those hoping for a glimpse of how the series will end, so it looks like fans will just have to wait. “That was about as much as we could get out of him,” says publicist Tracy van Straaten. “I probably won’t be reading the book myself until August 24th.”

So, Shelf-Lifers, are you excited for the conclusion? Can you wait until August?

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  • TD Sims

    I’m super-excited for the conclusion but wonder what Collins will attempt next. Is three books enough to satisfy my thirst for the strange world of Panem?? I hope so!

  • rush

    i havent read it yet, but a collegue of mine recomended it, so i bought the books, however am a little put off by the stephenie meyer quote on the cover :S

    • Allison

      Oh, read them! It’s nothing like Twilight!

      • Ana Patricia

        The books have more depth than Twilight can ever wish to have. If you’re not reading them because of Twilight, you are missing out.

      • rush

        great!!!! will most def read them now. i just need to finish the percy jackson series. just as soon as amazon gets the last book in stock :P

      • cm

        Fear not! It’s amazing Stephenie Myer knows how to spot good YA/just plain old amazing fiction!

    • Kayla

      N o t h i n g – like Twilight.

      • Kelly

        are you serious? so much better than twilight!

    • Nicole

      I feel you- I myself am put off when the publishers feel a need to tack on a Meyer quote. But these books really are good.

    • omar

      i cant wait to read mockingjay i wonder how collins will give us in the final book of the hunger games.

      • Neli

        Mike and I read this trilogy back in the fall and loved it too. It’s wettirn for young adults but I had fun reading it and talking to my students about the story. It’s so well wettirn! Good choice Mandy! p.s. Have you read any books by Elin Hilderbrand? She’s one of my favorite authors and Aunt Ina was reading her latest book last week when she was here The Island. Great reads!

    • jami reed

      Everyone should read the hunger games and catching fire! They are the most intersedting books in the world! I hate reading and im so into these books its not even funny! Peeta is way better then Gale dont fall for Gale in the books when you do read them because he is not good for katniss! I love these and ill read them over and over again!

    • Marie

      Oh it’s a must read! it’s more deepth than Twilight. I can’t wait for the third book and i love Katniss better than Bella.

  • Jenn

    Yes, I’m excited, and no, I can’t wait till August.

    Rush, don’t be put off by the Meyer quote. The books are nothing like her series.

    Maybe Collins will do a prequel, telling us how Panem came to be?

    • Mickey Z.

      I know! I am a 36 yr old woman who is so super excited about the conclusion of this trilogy. Frakkin awesome!!

  • Rae Lynn

    Can’t wait!! I’ll be preordering it at amazon right now!!! Wouldn’t it be an awesome movie??

    • Sarah

      I think a long time ago, EW had something about them making a movie on Hunger Games..

      • Leah

        there is going to be a movie and it will release in 2011 and are casting right now

  • strickens_girl

    Yes!! Best news I’ve heard all day.

  • Allison

    This is one of my favorite YA series. I’m ALMOST as excited as I was for Deathly Hallows.

    • Grace

      Same Here!
      I cannot wait for this book to come! All my friends are now hooked!
      I have no idea how it’s going to end… that’s what makes a great book! Everybody should read it!!

  • jets

    wow, that’s their best cover yet… I’m sure it’ll be turned into movies and “movie version” book editions will come out with newer covers…

    check out my novels? :D THX! http://tinyurl.com/ygh3vux http://cameronglenn.wordpress.com/

  • Monica

    August 24th is such a long wait.

  • Kendra Crummey

    ohmigod I can’t wait! hopefully i will be near a book store!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kate

    So excited. Fingers crossed that it’s as good as the first two.

  • ND

    AHHHHH! I had just started to forget about these books until I read this post and now my heart is racing all over again. Love!

  • Hilaryy

    Very Excited. These books always leave me conflicted about how I feel at the end of them, and yet I have sped through both so far and am sure I’ll do the same in August with the release og MockingJay

    • Grace

      Yeah, I still can’t decide between Gayle and Peeta it’s all so difficult. But I love every bit of it!

  • Emily

    MUST HAVE THIS BOOK! I don’t know how I’m going to wait until August. I guess I can look at it as a “back-to-school” present from Scholastic…

  • Beth

    Is it wrong for me to be a little bit bummed this will be the last novel? What a great series this is.

  • Love It

    I love this series. I am so excited for the final book. I CANNOT wait! Such a good series.

    • Gillian

      Chop281Shop on April 18, 2010 Installed mine yesterday. It’s ahgrit. I may change my mind when wireless television monitors are released to receive the sling signal. As for now there are too many bugs. I used a 722 to run one television because I was contemplating wiring a spare bedroom. Using it for one television gave me a lot of versatility. I could have easily waited for that skinny sling dish is going to release and saved myself the $200 plus additional increased monthly rental fee.

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