New ‘Hunger Games’ Novel by Suzanne Collins Set for 2025

Suzanne Collins has announced the upcoming release of a new “Hunger Games” novel titled “Sunrise on the Reaping.” The novel, scheduled for release on March 18, 2025, will be the fifth in Collins’ bestselling series, which has also been adapted into a highly successful movie franchise.

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According to the Associated Press, “Sunrise on the Reaping” will be a prequel set 40 years after the events of the most recent tale, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.” This new story will delve deeper into the themes of propaganda and control. Collins explained her inspiration, saying, “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.”

The film rights for “Sunrise on the Reaping” have not yet been announced, but given the track record of the series, it is likely that this novel will also be adapted for the big screen.

“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” the film adaptation of which premiered in November, starred Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth and earned an impressive $337.4 million at the global box office. The original trilogy, adapted into four films starring Jennifer Lawrence, achieved immense success and significantly boosted her global fame. Collectively, the “Hunger Games” film series is the 20th highest-grossing franchise of all time, with earnings of $3.3 billion for Lionsgate.

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