New 'Hunger Games' book to be released

Scholastic Announces Title and Cover for New Novel in the Worldwide Bestselling Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins, October 4, 2019. Photo courtesy Scholastic media room.
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(Scholastic Press Release) - One of the most popular books in recent history is coming out with a prequel.

On Friday, Scholastic announced the title and cover for the newest "Hunger Games" book. The first book published since "Mockingjay" in 2010.

The book "Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" is expected to be released on May 19.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

On returning to the world of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins said, “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival. 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.”