The Greatest Books by Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Judy Collins is a well distinguished American author. She was the youngest child in the family and was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on 10th August 1962. Her father was an Air Force officer who taught history at the college level. History remained an enormously, vital topic in her family. We know Suzanne mostly as the author of the Hunger Games. In this article, you will get to know all of her other great books too.
Some More Background on Suzanne Collins’ life
Her father used to share his comprehensive military experiences. He was also got deployed in wars in Vietnam and Korea. As a result, his children know every detail of the war-days. In other words, they were all well educated about war. Being the daughter of an Air force officer, she travelled a lot and also experienced living in Brussels and New York City.
Finally, her family settled in the south, and there she completed her higher school from Alabama School of Fine Arts in 1980. In 1985, she accomplished her bachelor’s in telecommunications and theatre from Indiana University. Four years later, she earned her Master’s degree in dramatic writing From New York University.
Collins Career as a Children’s books Writer
Suzanne worked on numerous shows, including “The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo” and “Clarissa Explains It All.” Her work inspired the creator of the WB kids’ shows, James Proimos, who hired Collins as his head writer. Subsequently, motivated by Proimos, Collins decided to write her own children’s books.
Shortly after her graduation, she started her career as a television program kids’ writer. She worked on numerous shows, including “The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo” and “Clarissa Explains It All.” Her work inspired the creator of the WB kids’ shows, James Proimos, who hired Collins as his head writer. Subsequently, motivated by Proimos, Collins decided to write her own children’s books.
Suzanne Collins’ Incredible Novel Series
In 2003, Suzanne Collins came up with the first book of her best-selling series named” The Underland Chronicles.” The idea of this series was originated from Alice in Wonderland. Five books collectively called The Underland Chronicles emerged between 2003 and 2007.
In 2008, Collins came up with another remarkable series of books termed “The Hunger Games.” The first book of this series became available to the public in September 2008.
The Hunger Games was another huge success. 1.5 million copies of this series’s first two books were printed in North America in 14 months. The series also occupied Best Seller list of The New York Times for almost consecutive 13 months. Due to the popularity of The Hunger Games books, Collins was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2010. The Hunger Games books earned her a place in most influential people of Time Magazine in 2010 and marked her for writing 17 out of recently highlighted passages top 20 at Amazon in 2012. Her writing mainly focused on fiction targeting young adults and children.
First Novel Series: The Underland Chronicles (2003 – 2007)
The Underland Chronicles is a collection of five blockbuster fantasy novels. Suzanne Collins has targeted younger readers by embedding adventures of an eleven-year-old boy named Gregor. Gregor discovered an unknown land following his more youthful sister through a grill in the laundry area of their building in New York.
The hidden property called “Underland” was occupied by humans surviving in a stone city named Regalia. The area also had huge versions of creatures like cockroaches, snails, scorpions, rats, mice, and many others, which were recognized with different names in the Underland.
The series consisting of five novels revolves around the adventures of Gregor in the underground land. This adventurous story covers many topics related to biological warfare, massacre, war, and especially military intelligence. The series not only became New York Times bestseller but also received various awards. The first book of this series received praise from all over the United States and left its marks in other countries.
Gregor the Overlander
Gregor the Overlander was the first book of this series, which motivated Suzanne Collins for writing the next four books. The book revealed the story of an eleven-year-old Gregor who accidentally hit a dangerous mission by following his little sister through the grill. He lost her father in that strange land but continued struggling to find his father in the Underland world underneath New York City.
This land had humans and huge creatures that were on the verge of war when Gregor landed. A foreteller told him that his appearance in this land is not a mystery. The fell anxiously needed him to play his role in the uncertain future.
Gregor had to play his part as he also to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. As a result, Gregor hit the dangerous mission that will change him and the underneath land eternally. Gregor managed to rescue his father from King Gorger.
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
Gregor’s life became filled with adventures and activities in the shocking Underland World. Gregor did not want to return to that land anymore, but he had a vital role in another foretelling.
This prophecy revolved around a rat, the Bane. The resident of the underneath world trapped Gregor by kidnapping his sister. Now, Gregor was on another mission in the underground land crossing the dangerous Waterway, searching for the Bane.
John had to make it up to kill the rat to save all lives. Collins had made it clear that good always wins no matter how tough and unfavourable the circumstances.
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
With two missions accomplished, Gregor was on another sacred mission in the third book of this series. A disease named plague prevailed, claiming the lives of the inhabitants of the Underland.
Despite his mother’s illness, Gregor went on to find a cure to the rapidly spreading virulent disease. The book concentrated his efforts on the fulfilment of a sacred goal.
Gregor and the Marks of Secret
This is the fourth book of the thrilling “Gregor the Overlander” series. Gregor joined his two partners from the Underland world to a mission to find facts about the disappearance of mice. The journey was far more threatening than their imagination.
Defending mice from the rat’s army was a test of Gregor’s abilities. The books talked about their struggle for saving mice.
Gregor and the Code of Claw
This is the last book of the unique series. The Underland world was in crisis. An army of rats lead by their obsessive leader Bane is approaching, and the Underland creatures needed obsessive Gregor’s help to fight this situation. Gregor was facing hard times.
Apart from dealing with the delicate health of his mother, he had to help the Underland creatures. The book discussed the miseries associated with warfare and violence. It gave the message of “anti-war.”
Second Novel Series: The Hunger Games (2008 – 2010)
Inspiration by Theseus and the Minotaur became the reason for “The Hunger Games” series consisting of three books. This series marked Collins as one of the most influential people of Time magazine in 2010. The first book of the series got published in 2008, which gained remarkable attention.
More than 100 million copies were sold around the world. The Hunger Games also caught the attention of the film industry. The film version of The Hunger Games first came to screen in 2012. Film scripts got written, and films were released for all the three books of the series.
Recently, a highly released of The Hunger Games’ prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is presently in progress. This series raised Collins to a high level with their noteworthy success. Collins established that channel surfing became an inspiration for the series.
While surfing channels, she came across two different scenes, one was the encompassing reality show while the other view was covering the invasion of Iran. Moreover, the sense of loss that she got from the Vietnam war during her father’s service also strongly influenced the story.
The Hunger Games
This first novel of the series got published in 2008. It revealed the story of an unfortunate teenager, Katniss Everdeen living in the poorest district of Panem (North America).
In Panem, Hunger Games was an annual event that was watched throughout America. The Capitol forcefully took one boy and one girl from the surrounding twelve districts. The event showed the battle between the chosen candidates referred to as “tributes.”
The event ended, leaving one as the winner and the other as dead. The Hunger Games talked about the adventures of an unfortunate teenager, Katniss Everdeen, who ultimately became the hero. After her father’s death, Katniss had to hunt animals to eat. Her sister Prim got selected as a tribute, but Katniss volunteered to go instead. The book told us how Katniss changed the cruel tradition.
Catching Fire is the second book of the story continuing Katniss struggle following events of the first novel. Katniss won The Hunger Games facing harsh times. But this triggered anger in the capital.
This has started unrest that was not easy to stop. The book discusses the unrest and stimulates profound thinking.
After shattering The Hunger Games forever, Katniss Everdeen was present in District 13. She fought courageously under the supervision of President Coin and the suggestions of her trustworthy friends.
The book talked about sacrifice, power, courage, love, and compassion.
Suzanne Collins’ Net Worth
By June 2020, the net worth of Suzanne Collins was listed to be $100 million, which is certainly an amazing achievement. This net worth is the result of tremendous success and sales of the two series of her novels. 85 million copies of her novels were sold worldwide. The Hunger Games got printed in 56 territories and 51 languages and generated her a lot of wealth. Suzanne Collins is in the list of twenty richest authors in the world.
Takeaways for you
As the daughter of an Officer, Collins travelled a lot and experienced living in many places. Suzanne Judy Collins knew every detail of the war-days of Vietnam and Korea. She has targeted young minds. She has written comprehensive details on the war in the form of fiction. Her father’s profession gave her insight into starvation poverty and the effects of war.
Suzanne has used her writing ability to make people aware of these immensely important topics. The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games series discussed these in detail. They brought her valuable success listing her one of the most influential people on Amazon. The books were also ranked as the best-selling books. Her books are a masterpiece full of action and adventures.
In total there are more movies than books. Some books have been split in half in order to make more movies. In total there are three books.
This complete series holds five books in total.
Suzanne Collins was born in Hartford, Connectiut in the United States. She was born on August 10, 1962