‘The Hunger Games’ Series Is Getting a Prequel Book, but Katniss Everdeen Won’t Be in It

Calling all Hunger Games fans: Author Suzanne Collins just announced she's adding another book to the series nearly a decade after their original release. 

Scholastic announced Monday that Collins would publish a new book as a prequel to the dystopian trilogy that includes The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009) and Mockingjay (2010). The prequel will be set 64 years before the events of the first novel that saw the protagonist Katniss Everdeen (portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the movie adaptations), a 16-year-old girl from Panem's District 12, participate in the 74th Hunger Games. 

The prequel plot will go back in time to Panem's tenth annual Hunger Games, and explore the "Dark Days" of dictatorial country Panem ten years after the unknown apocalyptic event caused the downfall of the previous government.

“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins said of the book in a statement. “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 book is set to be released on May 19, 2020.

May the odds of not seeing spoilers for this book be ever in our favor…


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