Suzanne Collins

Destroying Things Is Much
Easier Then Making Them


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#1 USA Today Bestseller #1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2010
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
A 2010 Booklist Editors' Choice
A 2010 Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010
An NPR Best Book of 2010

This concluding volume in Collins's Hunger Games trilogy accomplishes a rare feat, the last installment being the best yet, a beautifully orchestrated and intelligent novel that succeeds on every level." --Publishers Weekly,STARRED REVIEW

readers will instinctively understand what Katniss knows in her soul, that war mixes all the slogans and justifications, the deceptions and plans, the causes and ideals into an unsavory stew whose taste brings madness. That there is still a human spirit that yearns for good is the books primrose of hope." --Booklist,STARRED REVIEW

In the final analysis, this is exactly the book its fans have been hoping for. It will grab them and not let go, and if it leaves them with questions, well, then, its probably exactly the book Collins was hoping for, too." --Kirkus,STARRED REVIEW


"[The Hunger Games] is a violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense...I couldn't stop reading."
--Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly Review
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"I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn't have to stop reading. The story kept me up for several nights in a row, because even after I was finished, I just lay in bed wide awake thinking about it...The Hunger Games is amazing."
--Stephenie Meyer,

"The Hunger Games is as close to perfect an adventure novel as I've ever read. I could not put it down. Collins has transformed the ancient Labyrinth myth into a terrifyingly believable tale of future America. Readers will be hungry for more.
--Rick Riordan, author of The Percy Jackson Series and The 39 Clues

“[The Hunger Games] is a great book, and very thought-provoking. Read this along with your teen and discuss it.”
--Charlaine Harris,

"A Recent Book That Rocked My Dystopian World"
--Jon Scieszka, Newsweek


“In this picture book, Collins sensitively examines the impact of war on the very young, using her own family history as a template."
--Publishers Weekly,STARRED REVIEW

“With a notable lack of patriotic rhetoric or clichés about bravery and honor, Collins holds firm to her childhood memories, creating a universal story for any child whose life is disrupted by war. Important and necessary ."
--Kirkus Reviews,STARRED REVIEW

“Collins’ unflinching first-person account details the fears and disappointments of the situation as a child would experience them. And where more realistic illustrations would feel overwrought and sentimental, Proimos’s flat, cartoony drawings, with their heavy lines and blocky shapes, are sturdy and sweet, reflecting a child’s clear-eyed innocence."

“Proimos’ ink-lined, digitally colored illustrations are the pitch-perfect tonal complement to Collins’ narration, with the family portrayed as wide-eyed, childlike cartoons that carry on with daily life in crayon-bright hues, while young Suzy’s angst-filled imaginings take shape in full-spread, full-bleed gray-tone scenes that twist her innocent favorite animals into recurrent nightmarish motifs and symbols of war. With text and illustrations that invite close reading, this will be a powerful title to share with children well beyond picture-book age."
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books,STARRED REVIEW

“Collins offers no moralizing on war, just a vivid reminder of what it's like to be young and innocent in a world that's not. I can see a lot of kids whose parents are in someplace called Afghanistan — or another confusing place — identifying with Suzy."
--USA Today, 3 1/​2 OUT OF 4 STARS

“Collins deftly balances the fear and freakout of a little girl who learns her dad's in danger with the upbeat, optimistic portrayal of a kid going about the business of being a kid. James Proimos' cartoony illustrations are more reassuring and funny than scary. "
--Common Sense Media, 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

"A masterful picture book excels at revealing a young child’s experience during the year her father is away at war...James Proimos’s illustrations are stylistically simple but wisely executed, full of sensitivity and power and poignancy, along with occasional moments of whimsy (that cat!)."
--Cooperative Children’s Book Center

“Seasoned illustrator and close friend James Proimos captures childlike fascination and fear when transforming the jungle from a home for friendly animals to a field for frightening war tools. The book also reassures readers that despite any parent's absence, their love for their children will never leave."
--The Hollywood Reporter

“In the last book of the "Hunger Games" trilogy, author Suzanne Collins offered a bleak vision of war that felt personal. Now we know the source."

“Vibrantly colored cartoon illustrations, outlined in thick black ink, underscore a child’s point of view. The characters’ enormous eyes and boldly colored pupils provide an arresting motif. Suzy’s increasingly haunted imaginings, depicted on spreads of painterly gray tones with bursts of color, stand in stark visual contrast to the narrative text and illustrations framed by generous white space ."
--School Library Journal

“But though post-traumatic stress disorder is often spoken of these days, the more subtle effects of war on the children of men and women serving abroad are less well known...While Sue is not able to formulate her feelings in words, James Proimos’s excellent illustrations capture her confusion...'Year of the Jungle” may take place in the late 1960s, but with more than 2.3 million Americans deployed abroad between 2001 and 2012, the mixture of anxiety, excitement, fear, boredom and confusion Sue experiences on the home front will be sadly familiar to many children. For them, Collins’s picture book may be a good tool to discuss the complex feelings war brings into a household ."
--The New York Times
"...a haunting, autobiographical children’s book about having a loved one go off to war ."
--The Boston Globe

Selected Works

Picture Book
"Important and necessary."
--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"A clever, humorous story in rhyme."
--School Library Journal
"...every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow."
--Los Angeles Times
“...doesn’t disappoint when it segues into the pulse-pounding action readers have come to expect.”
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“...a superb tale of physical adventure, political suspense, and romance."
“...readers will likely find [the Underland] to be a fantastically engaging place.”
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
--Kirkus Reviews
“...immensely readable installment..."
--The Horn Book Magazine
"...will leave readers gasping..."
--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"...excellent acquisition for any library."