So we can safely assume that the same will be done with the prequel, the story of which is already mapped out by Collins. To refresh your memory, the Dark Days were the period that followed the collapse of the first rebellion in Panem as a civil war was fought between the districts and the Capitol.
Hunger Games prequel book and possible movie on the way
This was the time District 13 literally went underground, its nuclear arsenal allowing it independence from the Capitol at the cost of leaving the rest of Panem to its ignominious fate. These events took place 74 years prior to the start of the Hunger Games trilogy, long before recurring characters Katniss or Peeta Mellark had even been born, meaning we'll be introduced to an entirely new set of characters 64 years before the first film is set. And their journey begins on the morning of the 10th Hunger Games. That said, two familiar faces — Mags Flanagan and President Coriolanus Snow — were both alive during this time and could therefore potentially make an appearance in the next film.
Mags was the female tribute from District 4 during the 75th Hunger Games, where she volunteered to take the place of Annie Cresta, eventually sacrificing herself to save Katniss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. But how would her story fit into the prequel?
Since it was confirmed by official site Capitolcouture. As for President Snow, the main antagonist of the series, he meets his end in Mockingjay Part 2 after the overthrow of the Capitol, in which he is eventually beaten to death by a group of enraged rebels.
While Snow carries the title of President, it's not known how he came to adopt this moniker. Since he was born only two years before the Hunger Games were a thing, it's safe to assume he was not responsible for their development.
Here's hoping we find out more about his journey to becoming the despot of Panem. The development of the prequel is exciting for a multitude of reasons, not least because we get to finally see what goes down during the dawn of the titular games.
But it also means there's a chance Collins is planning to take the story further. The Associated Press reported this story. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
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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. Although the prequel news does come with the faint odor of a cash grab, one could argue that this does sound like a better idea than a Hunger Games sequel. And the themes of the book—recovering from a period of upheaval and meditating on what is really necessary for survival—could wind up being very relevant, depending on how a certain election works out.
Regardless, given how many original Hunger Games books readers have snatched up, it seems safe to bet the book will do just fine. Looking for more?