The Hunger Games - you may not have read it or seen it, but you know about it. Suzanne Collins dystopian view of the future where children of different districts fight each other for glory and to become part of the upper class took the world by storm when her Hunger Games trilogy of books first came out.
The Hunger Games trilogy take place 64 years after the first ever Hunger Games, the moniker for the brutal battle royal between children. The books and subsequent movies follow the story of Katniss Everdeen, a plain girl from a poor district who steps up in place of her sister to compete in the Hunger Games.
Fans of the series may have always had lingering questions about the series, such as what happened prior to the trilogy. What did the wars that prompted the games look like? What happened during the first ever Hunger Games? Luckily a new prequel will answer some of those questions.
Hunger Games started out as a trilogy of books, which made their mark on our culture just with the books alone, but with the production of the movies as well, the Hunger Games has become a worldwide phenomenon. In fact, Hunger Games practically started the wave of Young Adult fiction books becoming major motion pictures. Without Hunger Games we wouldn't have Maze Runner, or the Divergent series.
With something as popular as the Hunger Games, there's no way they wouldn't keep milking the series. Look at someone like J.K. Rowling with her Harry Potter series. Decades later more books and movies continue to be made to the delight of fans. It's no wonder that Hunger Games writer Suzanne Collins is keeping the Hunger Games train rolling with a new project - a Hunger Games prequel.
Suzanne Collins new Hunger Games prequel begins 64 years before the Katniss Everdeen-centric original trilogy. That means you can let go of your dreams of seeing Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth reprising their roles, but we will get a deeper look into the beginnings of the Hunger Games lore. The book explores the period of time after the rebellion that sparked the Hunger Games competition.
In a statement, Collins 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."
If you were wondering if this new book would prompt a new movie, your head is in the right place. Lionsgate, the previous distributor of the Hunger Games films, wants in. Michael Burns, Lionsgate's vice chairman, told AP, "As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne's next book to be published. We've been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie."
The book will be released in May of 2020, so we don't have that long to wait before we get to jump back into the world of the Hunger Games. Will you wait for the movie, or would you rather dive right in? For longtime fans I'm sure the answer is clear - read it as soon as possible.