The title for a The Hunger Games sequel by Suzanne Collins has at last been confirmed.
We last heard about a planned prequel novel to The Hunger Games back in June 2019, with news that the story will be set decades before the events of the original book series, focussing on time after the “dark days”- a failed rebellion.
“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.”
The new novel, titled The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes, is set 64 years before the events of the trilogy and will follow President Snow, exploring his origin story. The story starts on the morning of the reaping of the tenth Hunger Games, during which the young Snow is given the task of mentoring a tribute girl from District 12.
In this prequel, Coriolanus Snow is described as a “teenager born to privilege but searching for something more… he’s friendly. He’s charming. And, for now anyway, he’s a hero.”
Making readers wonder- what happened to Snow to turn him into the man he was in the original trilogy?
The book arrives 12 years after the first instalment in the Hunger Games series was published, and will arrive on 19th of May 2020.