I volunteer as tribute to dive into this new prequel story to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series.
Collins announced “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” during a recent Good Morning America appearance. The appearance also unveiled of the book’s cover art. The cover includes a golden mocking jay and a snake set against an evergreen backdrop.
According to a press release, the prequel begins on the morning of the 10th Hunger Games, 64 years before the original Hunger Games novel. Although this takes place before Katniss Everdeen, the novel will explore some of the events that led to future Hunger Games.
“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. “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.”
With this new book release, rumors of an accompanying film are on the rise.
Lionsgate studio chairman Joe Drake said, prior to Collins’ announcement that “we’ve been communicating with her [Collins] during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
The novel will arrive May 19, 2020 in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
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