Yesterday, October 4th, the cover and title of the fourth Hunger Games book was released.
The first industry announcement of the book noted that it will be set 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games, on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games, exploring “the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival.”
Author Suzanne Collins noted that the book focuses on the “reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”
Additionally, Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake said, “As the proud home of the ‘Hunger Games’ movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
So, what do we know from the original trilogy about this time period?
- Sixty-four years ago, the tenth Hunger Games takes place.
- President Snow is twelve-years-old.
- Greasy Sae is around eight years of age.
- Mags Flanagan from District 4 is fifteen-years-old at this time. She will win the next Hunger Games.
And that’s it for book canon. If you’re seeing the mention of Griffin Naysmith as a victor of the tenth Hunger Games, and are confused, don’t be. Griffin is not mentioned in the novels.
We know that Lionsgate expanded the universe of Panem in the movies, adding semi-canon information about the characters and the world. Photos of the Tribute Center set of Mockingjay: Part 1, the scene where Peeta is rescued, revealed a list of all the Victors. Griffin’s name, as well, is printed on the victory pillars. The name was later popularized in fan fiction.
While this doesn’t ensure Griffin Naysmith will be in Songbirds and Snakes, Lionsgate has confirmed working closely with Suzanne, as mentioned above. It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to assume, if we see through the morning of the reaping and head into the Games, that Griffin has made it on-page.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will hit shelves on May 19, 2020. Preorder it HERE.