The Hunger Games Prequel Set to Show How the Games Came to Be

Tributes, are you ready?

( There's a healthy number of young-adult dystopian novels on bookstore shelves right now, in large part thanks to the first wave of books that framed the future of our world against a chaotic backdrop. While there have been many that topped the bestseller lists, The Hunger Games deserves a mention. The trilogy from author Suzanne Collins spanned four film adaptations and got us hooked on the genre, aside from giving us the Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson team-up on the big screen. If you feel that three books and four movies still weren't enough, though, listen up: Collins has announced that a prequel is in the works. It will be published under Scholastic and will be released on May 19, 2020.

There's no news on what it's going to be called or how many books will be in the series (we're assuming it will be a series), but the prequel's working title is Untitled Panem Novel which is set 64 years before the trilogy. The events in the book take place on the morning of the 10th reaping, which aims to explain how the Hunger Games came to be, and gives a glimpse of what Panem was like years before Katniss and Peeta.

PHOTO courtesy of Scholastic

It's been 11 years since the first book in the trilogy and in a statement with Scholastic, Collins details what she plans to dissect in the new book: "I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival." She continues, "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."

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