A prequel to 'The Hunger Games' has just been announced

A prequel to 'The Hunger Games' has just been announced

It's fair to say that the Hunger Games books are some of the most popular young adult novels ever written.

When the first book in the trilogy was released back in 2008, it ended up topping bestseller lists and captivating readers all around the world, thanks to the strength of the characterisation of Katniss Everdeen, the dystopian world of Panem, and that amazing romantic subplot that kept us all hooked.

The novels were adapted into a popular series of movies not long after the release of the books, with Jennifer Lawrence starring as Katniss, and featuring an A-list cast made up of actors such as Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore and Liam Hemsworth, amongst others.

Check out the trailer for the first Hunger Games movie below: 

But it's been a while since the movies wrapped up the last dangling plot threads, and we haven't returned to Panem in several years. However, fans of the series will be gratified to learn that Suzanne Collins is planning on publishing a new book in the series, due to be released in 2020 if all goes to plan.

Although the new novel is currently untitled, the prequel is supposedly set 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteers herself as a tribute. It will apparently deal with the collapse of America as we know it after a horrendous war and the establishment of the corrupt dictatorship of Panem.

Scholastic, the publisher of the original three books, has commented on the prospect of Collins' new book. Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger stated: "Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world-building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary."

She added: "We are absolutely thrilled - as both readers and publishers - to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic."

Personally, I can't wait to see this book hit the shelves. Until then readers, may the odds be ever in your favour...