With their dystopian settings and young adult target audience, it’s perhaps inevitable that the “Divergent” series by Veronica Roth and the “Hunger Games” books by Suzanne Collins end up being compared to each other.
But at the moment, it’s the “Divergent” trilogy that’s making headlines. According to Amazon, the last book in the trilogy, “Allegiant,” is outpacing sales for the last book in the “Hunger Games” trilogy during the month before its release by almost five to one. “Allegiant” is due to be released Oct. 22, and Amazon is comparing its current sales numbers to “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” pre-orders for the month before its release.
Despite the fact that it hasn’t come out yet, “Allegiant” is currently number seven on the Amazon bestseller rankings and at number three on the Barnes & Noble rankings.
"Divergent," the first book in Roth’s trilogy, came out in 2011. Today, “Divergent” and “Insurgent,” the second book in the series, occupy the third and fourth slot on the New York Times young adult bestseller list for the week of Oct. 13. “Hunger Games” is holding steady at number two on the NYT children’s series bestseller list for the same week.
“Divergent” is currently being adapted into a film starring Shailene Woodley which will be released this coming March. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the second in a planned film quartet based on Collins’ books, is set to come out on Nov. 22.