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Misinformation inspired new ‘Hunger Games’ book hitting shelves next year

A new “Hunger Games” novel, set between the events of the prequel and the original trilogy, will hit shelves next year, publishers announced Thursday.

“Sunrise on the Reaping,” the fifth installment in Suzanne Collins’ young adult dystopian franchise, is set to be released March 18, 2025, Scholastic said in a press release.

The book will further flesh out the world of Panem, beginning with the morning of the reaping — the ceremony in which adolescent contestants are chosen via lottery to fight to the death — for the Fiftieth Hunger Games, or Second Quarter Quell, according to the release.

“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,’” said 61-year-old Collins, referring to the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher.

Collins also pointed to the current political and media landscape as having influenced her newest book.

“The story also lent itself to a deeper dive into the use of propaganda and the power of those who control the narrative,” she said. “The question ‘Real or not real?’ seems more pressing to me every day.”

“Sunrise on the Reaping” will hit shelves nearly five years after the latest “Hunger Games” book, the 2020 prequel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” which is set 64 years before the first book.

Like the original trilogy — 2008’s “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire,” and “Mockingjay” — the fourth novel was adapted for the screen, with the blockbuster winning the box office over Thanksgiving weekend last year.


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