Announced on Good Morning American, the latest Scholastic book is titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which is the follow-up of the incredible YA series which first introduced readers to the world of Panem throughout three Hunger Games books which ran from 2008 to 2010.
The books cover dons a golden Mockingjay perched on a branch over a slithering reptile. By the Hunger Games books, the Mockingjay is the result of a failed government breeding experiment.
This book is set 64 years before Suzanne Collins’ first Hunger Games book in which Katniss Everdeen is on a mission to overthrow an oppressive regime that pits children against each other in the titular traditional deathmatch. The prequel will go into details about events surrounding the 10th Hunger Games.
A Current and Relevant Theme
Ellie Berger, Scholastic President, said the book raises important questions about authority, the use of violence, and the truth about human nature. The brand’s VP, David Levithan said the Mockingjay’s purpose on the cover is actually very much in sync with the story Collins’ is telling.
Paraphrasing Collins, she wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we believe is required in order to survive. Previously she said the novel is the reconstruction period 10 years after the war, which was commonly known as the Dark Days, as the country of Panem struggles to get back on its feet.
It offers fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and define their view of humanity.
After the global success of the four Hunger Games films, Lionsgate has hinted that the series could continue on the big screen with this prequel. By the way, the 4 films grossed $3 billion at the box office.
As the home of the 4 Hunger Games movies, Joe Drake, studio Chairman, said they cannot wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published as The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was announced in June. Drake said he had been communicating with Suzanne during the writing phase and looks forward to working closely with her on the movie.
What’s around the corner only time will tell. Fans will be there ready for more tales from the Hunger Games and show absolutely no signs of slowing down.