Renowned novelist Suzanne Collins’ all-new ‘Hunger Games’ precursor now has an official name and a new cover. On Friday, Scholastic unveiled the title as well as shiny cover for the new novel ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.’ Besides, it also revealed a big banner for the fans during the NY Comic Conference 2019.
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It was previously referred to as ‘Untitled Panem Novel’ due to the fictional nation where the story is based on.
The novel is set to get published on 19 May 2020 in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia said the publisher in a press release. The book’s first English language printing will have 2.5bn copies. Translation rights meant for 28 other regions have also been sold, said Scholastic.
‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ is set 64 years prior to the events which took place in the ‘Hunger Games’ novel. The book will be based particularly around events related to the tenth Hunger Games.
In a statement, Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic said that the book raises significant questions related to authority, the truth behind human nature and violence use. Meanwhile, David Levithan, Scholastic VP said that the new angle upon the novel’s cover pretty much matches with the storyline Collins is explaining.
With this novel, Collins said that she wanted to understand who humans are, the state of nature as well as what humans think is needed for survival.
‘The Hunger Games’ book remained on the bestseller list of the New York Times for over 260 weeks. Scholastic says that there are over 100mn copies of each of the 3 books in YA dystopian trilogy in digital and print formats globally.
The series has also inspired the mega-hit 4-film franchise starring Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and Stanley Tucci.
Lionsgate, who created those films, said that it’s working on developing a spinoff inspired by the new prequel.