Fans of the dystopian trilogy The Hunger Games will be delighted to know that a prequel book has now been confirmed by author Suzanne Collins. It hasn’t been confirmed what the new book is actually going to be called but a release date has been confirmed. It has also been revealed that the prequel will be set 64 years before the events of the first The Hunger Games book, particularly on the morning of the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games.

Scholastic will be publishing the new novel simultaneously in print, digital, and audio formats in the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand on May 19th, 2020.

“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,” said author Suzanne Collins, adding that she wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we think is needed for our survival with this book.

The book won’t be out until next year but it seems there’s already interest in turning it into a movie. Hardly a surprise given that The Hunger Games film franchise has made over $3 billion at the box office. Lionsgate has expressed interest in adapting the untitled novel into a movie.

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