‘Sunrise on the Reaping,’ New ‘Hunger Games’ Book by Suzanne Collins, Releases Next Year

'Sunrise on the Reaping,' New 'Hunger Games' Book by Suzanne Collins, Releases Next Year
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The Hunger Games novel series by Suzanne Collins is a pillar of modern young adult fiction and one of the most important franchises of our time. It started off as a trilogy of novels – The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009), and Mockingjay (2010) – which was later adapted into a well-received and lucrative film series. In 2020, Collins wrote The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, a prequel novel that was also recently adapted into a movie, and we have just received confirmation that Sunrise on the Reaping, another prequel novel, will officially be published on March 18, 2025, expanding the fictional universe of The Hunger Games.

The novel has been kept under wraps for some time, but this piece of news is certainly exciting as we now know that Collins has not given up on the franchise, which means that more works might appear in the future, which would be great!

As we have said, not much is known about the upcoming novel, but Collins has revealed the inspiration behind it, i.e., what idea drove her to go back to the universe and expand the story from a well-known era of the franchise’s history:

With ‘Sunrise on the Reaping,’ I was inspired by David Hume’s idea of implicit submission and, in his words, ‘the easiness with which the many are governed by the few. The story also lent itself to a deeper dive into the use of propaganda and the power of those who control the narrative. The question ‘Real or not real?’ seems more pressing to me every day.

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The philosophical background is certainly intriguing, but what most fans want to know is what is going to happen in the book and when it is going to be set. In light of that, we can confirm that the book will take place 24 years before the first novel, i.e., that it is going to be yet another prequel, but a more recent one than the previous novel. The story of the novel begins on the morning of the 50th anniversary of the reaping of The Hunger Games and takes place during the Second Quarter Quell, which was won by none other than Haymitch Abernathy (played by Woody Harrelson), Katniss’ and Peta’s mentor.

This is certainly exciting news, as Haymitch is one of the most popular characters from the series, so seeing his origins explored is definitely going to be great. Nothing has been said about a potential adaptation, but we assume that the studios will immediately buy the rights for an adaptation and that the upcoming novel will also be adapted as a movie very soon.

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