Best-selling author Suzanne Collins is all set to bring back the world of “The Hunger Games” with a new book which has been set long before arrow-slinging hero Katniss Everdeen matched wits with the ruthless President Snow.
It’s been revealed that the name of the prequel novel is ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’, is scheduled to hit the shelves in May 2020.
The title and the cover of the upcoming book were unveiled at the New York Comic Con. on Friday.
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The prequel will serve as a precursor to the dystopian YA series, which first introduced the fans to the fictional world of Panem across three Hunger Games books that came out between 2008 and 2010.
Scholastic says it has sold the translation rights for 28 other territories. The book is scheduled to be published on May 19, 2020 in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, according to the publisher’s press release.
According to the publisher ‘Set 64 years before the events of the first Hunger Games book, which set Katniss Everdeen (later portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence across a successful quartet of movie adaptations) on a mission to overthrow an oppressive regime that pitted children against each other in the titular traditional deathmatch, the prequel will detail the events surrounding the 10th Hunger Games”.
In a press release, Scholastic President Ellie Berger said the novel “raises important questions about authority, the use of violence, and the truth of human nature,” while the brand’s VP, David Levithan, said the Mockingjay’s “new angle” on the cover “is very much in line with the story that Suzanne Collins is telling.”
Author of the book, Collins in a statement said, “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 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.”