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The Hunger Games Prequel Book Details

Happy Hunger Games! A Dark Prequel Book About the Early Years of Panem Is on the Way

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1, Jennifer Lawrence, 2014. ph: Murray Close/Lionsgate/courtesy Everett Collection

Let the games begin . . . again. Nearly a decade after the third and final Hunger Games book, Mockinjay, was released in 2010, Scholastic just announced a prequel novel is on the way. In what is currently being referred to as the Untitled Panem Novel, Suzanne Collins will invite readers to revisit the dystopian nation of Panem during its tenth Hunger Games, which took place decades before the events of the original trilogy.

"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 in a press statement. "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."

The Untitled Panem Novel will be released on May 19, 2020. There's no telling if the prequel will also spawn a movie adaptation, but if it'll offer a chance to meet compelling new stylists and characters (like Cinna, Effie Trinket, and Caesar Flickerman) we're in.

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