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'Hunger Games' prequel novel coming in 2020

This image provided by Scholastic shows the cover of a new untitled "Hunger Games" novel by Suzanne Collins. The novel, set to be released May 19, 2020, is a prequel set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy. Collins said in a statement Monday, June 10, 2019, that she “wanted to explore the state of nature” as she set the narrative in the years following the “Dark Days” of Panem, the Dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live television. (Scholastic via AP)

NEW YORK — Suzanne Collins has a new “Hunger Games” novel coming out, a prequel set 64 years before the start of her multimillion-selling trilogy.

The book, currently untitled, is to come out May 19, 2020. Collins said in a statement Monday that she wanted to explore what people perceive is necessary for survival. She set the narrative in the years after the “Dark Days,” the failed rebellion in the country of Panem. The “Hunger Games” books are set in a dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live TV.

The new book takes place well before the lifetime of “Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the billion-dollar movie franchise. Scholastic spokeswoman Tracy van Straaten declined further comment on the new book’s contents or characters.

Hillel Italie, The Associated Press