‘The Hunger Games’ prequel novel is in the works and will release in 2020 according to Suzanne Collins.
Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games, revealed to US News on Monday that she is working on a prequel of The Hunger Games books. It is set to release on May 19, 2020.
Her statement read, “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 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 Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is a young adult dystopian novel in which two children from 12 districts are chosen to fight to the death in an arena. The games are shown on live television and are used as a form of control by the government, the Capitol, to suppress any form of rebellion by the districts. Moreover, the story revolves around Katniss Everdeen and her rebellion against President Snow by changing the rules of the games.
The upcoming novel will be set 64 years before her well-established books about the characters of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. The prequel is being referred to as ‘Untitled Panem Novel’. It will focus on the ‘Dark Days’ when the districts rebelled against the Capitol and failed. It also saw the end of District 13.
The publishers, Scholastic Corporation, also confirmed the news on their Instagram. They posted, “Exciting news, Hunger Games fans. A new novel set 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games is set to publish in May 2020!”
Lionsgate developed Collins’ novels into movies in 2012. The last novel, Mockingjay, was released in two parts. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland played major roles in all four movies.
Joe Drake, the Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, told The Associated Press, “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.”
Furthermore, the idea behind the novels came from Suzanne Collins’ love for reality television. Her fathers time in the Vietnam war was a major influence on her books. She told Independent, “Even though my mom tried to protect us … sometimes the TV would be on, and I would see footage from the war zone. I was little, but I would hear them say ‘Vietnam’, and I knew my dad was there. It was very frightening.”
Furthermore, her father also used to tell her stories about hunting and the war. This explains her vast knowledge about plants and animals in her novels.
The news about The Hunger Games prequel comes a decade after the release of the first novel in 2008.