The Hunger Games: New Prequel Book Tells Of President Snow's Early Years

One of the most successful book and movie franchises of the last decade was The Hunger Games. Over the course of four films and a full book series, the story of Katniss Everdeen told of a dystopian future where young people had to sacrifice themselves in a vicious game to the death. Now, it looks as if we're being given a brand new extension of the series that will tell of President Snow's rise to power as he takes over the 13 Districts while ruling from the Capitol. Last year, author Suzanne Collins revealed she was working on a prequel but is now releasing information on the time frame of the latest book. Here's some of the information that was just put out via Entertainment Weekly. Apparently, Snow is the protagonist of the latest entry:

The grand staircase up to the Academy could hold the entire student body, so it easily accommodated the stream of officials, professors, and students headed for the reaping day festivities. Coriolanus climbed it slowly, attempting a casual dignity in case he caught anyone’s eye. People knew him—or at least they had known his parents and grandparents—and there was a certain standard expected of a Snow. This year, beginning this very day, he was hoping to achieve personal recognition as well. Mentoring in the Hunger Games was his final project before graduating from the Academy in midsummer. If he gave an impressive performance as a mentor, with his outstanding academic record, Coriolanus should be awarded a monetary prize substantial enough to cover his tuition at the University.
There would be twenty-four tributes, one boy and one girl from each of the twelve defeated districts, drawn by lottery to be thrown into an arena to fight to the death in the Hunger Games. It was all laid out in the Treaty of Treason that had ended the Dark Days of the districts’ rebellion, one of the many punishments borne by the rebels. As in the past, the tributes would be dumped into the Capitol Arena, a now-dilapidated amphitheater that had been used for sports and entertainment events before the war, along with some weapons to murder one another. Viewing was encouraged in the Capitol, but a lot of people avoided it. How to make it more engaging was the challenge…”

Tentatively titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, we can expect to see this hit store shelves on May 19th, 2020.