Everything We Know So Far About The Newly-Announced Hunger Games Prequel

18 June 2019
Culture, The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence
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Taking readers back to the early days of Panem

The Hunger Games has proven a divisive set of stories in the pop culture sphere, largely due to the fact that many young guys simply couldn't handle the thought of a young hero in a post-apocalyptic action series being a female. But the fact remains the same: if you were at all glad that teen fiction took a turn away from wizards and vampires and took on a distinctly darker tone, you probably have Suzanne Collins' immensely successful series of novels to thank.

Now, after a relatively lengthy hiatus and what seemed to be the end of Katniss's story, Collins' story of Panem, which has sold over 100 million copies in novel form and generated around $2 billion globally at the box office, is getting a new chapter in the form of a prequel book, as announced by Scholastic and Suzanne Collins overnight.

The book is essentially designed to set the stage for the events that would eventually make The Hunger Games a possibility. Set 64 years before the story of the first novel starring Katniss Everdeen, it tells the story of Panem, the totalitarian nation that rises up from the ashes of a post-apocalyptic North America, as it emerges into its new identity after the events that destroyed modern civilisation as we know it.

It takes place a mere ten years after the government enacts the use of The Hunger Games as warning reminder of the past, and is actually set on the morning of the 10th 'reaping' the ceremony where the participation in that year's Hunger Games are chosen.

"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 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.”

As everybody knows by now, the success of the books spawned one of the most successful film trilogies of all time in the film adaptations, helping to launch the career of Jennifer Lawrence in the process. As such, Lionsgate, who brought The Hunger Games trilogy to life, have already all but confirmed that the story of the prequel will eventually get a big-screen adaptation.

“As the proud home of The Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published," said a statement from Lionsgate. "We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”

Via GQ Australia