After much speculation, the new Hunger Games book has finally been revealed. According to reports, Suzanne Collins has finished the write-up and is inviting us to go back to Panem once more.
Aptly named The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the story is set 64 years before the events of the original trilogy. Accordingly, the book works as a direct prequel to the widely popular series. Additionally, it may look into how Panem came to be. The book has a release date of May 19, 2020.
The public caught the title and cover of the new book during an episode of Good Morning America late last week. Accordingly, the book design stuck with old logos and symbols previously associated with Collins. It features a golden Mockingjay on a branch with a snake entwined around it. According to Scholastic, the book’s publisher, 2.5 million copies of the book will be released on its first run.
“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival. The reconstruction period ten 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.”
New Hunger Games Book sends us back 64 years ago
However, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes would focus on events during the 10th Hunger Games. Incidentally, it would look into insights during Panem’s so-called Dark Days. Hence, don’t expect Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark to be included in the storyline.
The Hunger Games trilogy spawned a billion dollar franchise that included 3 books, and 4 blockbuster movies. Actress Jennifer Lawrence took on the helm of Katniss Everdeen, while Josh Hutcherson portrayed Peeta Mellark in these movies.