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We’re in for the greatest surprise today. Author Suzanne Collins has announced a new The Hunger Games novel set 64 years before the events of the first novel, much before when Katniss Everdeen was forced into the to-death competition.
In a statement, Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger 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 this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Suzanne Collins said. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”
The novel is as-yet untitled, and will be released in May 2020. That’s less than a year!
We’re so excited to see Suzanne take on this story.
UPDATE: From Publisher’s Lunch industry newsletter, we have more details on the book itself:
An untitled Panem novel, revisiting the world of Panem 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games, on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games, exploring “the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival.”
In addition, Lionsgate Chairman Joe Drake also added, “As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
Producer Nina Jacobson, also tweeted the following:
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