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New Hunger Games book announced, 5th installment in series to get the movie treatment

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Pack your bags, because we’re heading back to Panem with a new book in the Hunger Games series — and a movie adaptation of it is also on the way.

Scholastic announced Thursday that Suzanne Collins has written a fifth Hunger Games book, titled Sunrise on the Reaping, that will be published March 18, 2025.

A synopsis of the book reads, “Sunrise on the Reaping will revisit the world of Panem twenty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Fiftieth Hunger Games, also known as the Second Quarter Quell.”

Collins said her inspiration for the book came from “David Hume‘s idea of implicit submission and, in his words, ‘the easiness with which the many are governed by the few."”

Fans of The Hunger Games will remember that the 50th Hunger Games aka the Second Quarter Quell was won by District 12’s victor Haymitch Abernathy. Woody Harrelson played him in the Hunger Games film series starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Sunrise on the Reaping follows in the book series that began with The Hunger Games in 2008 and continued with the sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay, released in 2009 and 2010. A prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, was published in 2020. The new book will be published March 18, 2025

Each book has also been adapted for the big screen, and shortly after the news broke about the fifth book, Lionsgate revealed Sunrise on the Reaping will be adapted into a feature film to be released Nov. 20, 2026. 

Francis Lawrence, who has directed all the Hunger Games movie adaptations except the first, is in talks to direct the new film, the studio also shared.

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