A prequel? Yes! This new novel takes place in Panem 60 years before the events of The Hunger Games. Collins’s best-selling trilogy ushered in a new phase of Y.A. literature, earning young and adult fans alike; even if a small fraction of those readers pick up this prequel, it will be a hit.
The book is due in stores May 19, but the big question is, will there be a movie? Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group (which adapted The Hunger Games) said, “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.”
Adoring fans are going wild and the memes have been continuous. There seems to have been some undercover writing going on here as most of us had no idea this was in the works. What!? Happy surprise? Well, not for everyone. Some people see this as just another way for a book publisher, author and possibly movie studios to cash in on a known brand.
Still though, Katniss! I admit that YA books are limited in their scope of topics and themes, but I love to hear about kids reading books. When I was younger Harry Potter got me reading at a young age. I was hooked on reading ever since. If this can continue to get kids to open books, I’m all for it.
Suzanne Collins is the author of the groundbreaking Hunger Games trilogy for young adults: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. She is also the author of the picture book Year of the Jungle, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series for middle-grade readers, which started with Gregor the Overlander.