NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of the print market, reported Wednesday that “Songbirds and Snakes" topped last week's list with 270,000 copies sold. Collins' book, a prequel to her previous “Hunger Games” novels, came 10 years after the author seemingly wrapped up the Dystopian series with “Mockingjay." The Associated Press in a review praised the new novel, released May 19, as “mesmerizing” and called Collins “a master of building a fascinating world around complex characters.”
The opening for “Songbirds and Snakes” was slightly higher than the numbers reported for “Mockingjay” in 2010, when Scholastic announced first week sales of more than 450,000. Collins' novels, which also include “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire," have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and are the basis for a billion dollar movie franchise.