Good news, people of Panem! (or fans, anyway.) Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games trilogy has revealed that she is writing a prequel to the events in the original books.
The book is still unnamed and will be published on the 19th of May, 2020. It will return fans to the dystopian Panem, set 64 years before Katniss enters onto the scene and volunteers at the Hunger Games for little sister, Prim. Collins states that it will “explore the state of nature” in the Dark Days after a failed rebellion in Panem.
Similar to the original books, it will explore real life themes and will force readers to look at “who [they] are, and what we perceive is required for our survival. [It] provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”
The writer has stated that she is excited at giving readers a new perspective on a world that has become a global sensation for book (and film) lovers everywhere.
The original books have had over 100 million copies sold globally with the text being translated to over 50 languages to make it accessible to everyone. The franchise had new life breathed into it, too, when the books were transformed into a set of four films starring Hollywood sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence. The franchise earned £2.4 billion at the box office.
Already, Lionsgate have mentioned that they would be interested in adapting the book to silver screen once more – with an array of new characters for fans old and new to fall in love with. What’s more, Collins will be working closely with the screenwriters to ensure everything is exactly the way she wants it to be.
We can’t wait.