Get excited, “Hunger Games” fans. There’s a new novel in the works. Scholastic recently announced that it will release author Suzanne Collin’s new “Hunger Games” prequel on May 19, 2020.
The so-far untitled book will reportedly take place 64 years before the events of the original trilogy during the “Dark Days” of Panem, the post-apocalyptic North American country where the “Hunger Games” is set, and explore themes of humanity and survival, said Collins.
“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,” she said in a statement.
And although the book hasn’t been released yet, the success of the previous books and film adaptions makes the odds ever in our favor that this new prequel will also be made into a movie. Talks are currently taking place between Collins and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, Lionsgate chairman, in a separate statement. “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
Scholastic posted this tweet on Monday, teasing the new book:
— Scholastic (@Scholastic) June 17, 2019
Unfortunately for Katniss and Peeta fans, since the book is set long before those characters are born, it’s unlikely that everyone’s favorite District 12 residents will make an appearance in the prequel. This means an all-new set of characters and stories to tell; however, since the last book in the trilogy commemorated the 75th anniversary of the book’s titular battle-to-the-death, the new prequel will undoubtedly feature a Hunger Games and all of the drama and violence that goes along with that.
Internet reaction from fans has been positive, many referencing the fact that they thought they were done with “The Hunger Games” but are ready for a new installment. Twitter user @Lucia posted this when she found out about the new book:
me: i'm totally over the hunger games i'm too old for tha-
suzanne collins: new thg prequel
also me: pic.twitter.com/8lRrp12fIO
— lucía 🏹 (@eyretartt) June 17, 2019
And here’s a post from @peachymick, indicating her readiness to pay to experience more stories in Collins’ fictional world of Panem:
me: “i’m over the hunger games. it’s been years. i’ve moved on.”
me showing up at suzanne collins’ house after hearing about the hunger games prequel: https://t.co/i2GgtrnBxy
— michaela (@peachymick) June 17, 2019
And here’s one Twitter user’s humorous representation of Lionsgate executives rushing to adapt the novel into one more “Hunger Games” movie, from @represivo:
lionsgate executives entering at Suzanne Collins house to check out if the hunger games prequel book is ready so they can start the production for the movie adaption: pic.twitter.com/hPNwMVqtih
— ᴲᴰ- (@represivo) June 17, 2019
“The Hunger Games” series has sold more than 100 million copies and is credited with launching a new wave of dystopian fiction aimed at youth readers. The four movies earned $2.9 billion at the box office.
Are you ready to experience more “Hunger Games?” Personally, I’m happy to volunteer as tribute!