It’s not going to be a pretty sight, but Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins has a prequel to the series ready to be released sometime next year. The story will be set in the “Dark Days”—the days after the war. To be exact, it will be ten years after (or 64 years before) Katniss Everdeen played in the games. It’s a time that is rife with conflict, or, as Collins explains, it’s a time where characters can explore some of the deep questions mankind has always struggled with.
“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival.” Collins goes on to explain that the setting “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.”
Reportedly, the storyline will follow the reconstruction of District 13, which was destroyed after a failed rebellion. Thought he district was left in ruins, the people secretly reconstructed the city. The prequel will be set following the reconstruction, though it’s unclear just how far into the underground of District 13 the book will go.
Fans of the series aren’t the only ones champing at the bit to get a hold of the book. Lionsgate, who produced the Hunger Games trilogy, is most likely onboard (they haven’t come right out and said so, but why wouldn’t they be? The trilogy netted more than USD$3 billion worldwide at the box office.). They did tell the AP, “We’ve been communicating with during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
The untitled novel marks the first time Collins has returned to Panem in four years and will be published by Scholastic. The original storyline was released in 2008 and became an instant bestseller, staying on the New York Times bestseller list for more than five consecutive years. The trilogy was translated into 54 languages and more than 100 million copies were printed. Will the book be successful?
You might say that the odds are ever in its favour.