Exciting news for fans of The Hunger Games books. Suzanne Collins, the author behind the widely successful trilogy, has announced that a new book is on the way. The prequel novel will be set 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games and is set for a May 2020 release.
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The Hunger Games trilogy is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other on live television. The prequel will focus on the events that took place which lead to that point. In a statement about the prequel, Collins said she would go back to the years following the so-called 'Dark Days', the failed rebellion in Panem, the North American country where the Games take place. She added:
With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival
The new book will be set before the lifetime of The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the blockbuster movies based on the books.
It's almost 10 years since Collins wrote the final book in The Hunger Game trilogy Mockingjay. In a statement, Ellie Berger the President of Scholastic Trade Publishing said:
Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary, we are absolutely thrilled — as both readers and publishers — to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.
With the news of the new book on the way, I'm sure we can expect news of a new film to follow.