The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins is penning a prequel to her game-changing series, providing readers a glimpse at the nation of Panem decades before eventual hero Katniss Everdeen was even born.
Publishing house Scholastic revealed the news overnight, confirming the bestselling author’s intention to write what’s currently known as the Untitled Panem Novel. The book will reportedly be set 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games, right at the start of the tenth dystopian child-fighting championship.
Collins hinted the book will serve as an allegory for the impact of climate change and the existential risks we face as a species.
“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 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 book will arrive on Aussie shelves on May 19, 2020.
The Guardian reports film studio Lionsgate, which handled the on-screen trilogy, is already keen to adapt Collins’ new book.
While the boom of dystopian young adult fiction has dissipated since The Hunger Games trilogy came to a close, the continual success and unfortunate relevance of books like The Handsmaid’s Tale proves readers are still keen to read grim re-imaginings of Western society.
There’s also the fact that America, the precursor to the fictional Panem, has undergone quite a few notable changes since Collins published Mockingjay in 2010.
Expect the newie to be yet another sales slam-dunk for Collins upon its release.