Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping


What’s this?? I opened my email to find news of a brand new Hunger Games book AND movie? “The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping” will be here before we know it!

So what do we know for sure so far?

The story: The story will be based on the 50th Hunger Games (the Second Quarter Quell), or Haymitch Abernathy’s games. We know from past books that twice the number of tributes were taken from each district. We know some “spoilers” from these games because of the other books, including who wins.

Author Suzanne Collins says “With ‘Sunrise on the Reaping,’ 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.’” She goes on to say “The story also lent itself to a deeper dive into the use of propaganda and the power of those who control the narrative. The question ‘Real or not real?’ seems more pressing to me every day.”

The book: This will be the 5th book in the Hunger Games franchise but will be set 24 years BEFORE the original Hunger Games book. That puts it 40 years AFTER the last book/movie, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Sound confusing? Basically it’s like a Star Wars thing. This is the 5th book/movie being released but will end up actually being the 2nd in chronological order.

It is set to be released March 18, 2025. You can pre-order on Amazon for $17-19 depending on edition (Hardcover, Kindle, Audio). 

The movie: The movie is set to release November 20, 2026. The director of 3 of the other 4 movies, Francis Lawrence, will return as director. While we don’t know casting, it is doubtful that Woody Harrelson will reprise his role of Haymitch because Haymitch is supposedly 16 years old for this time period. Keep an eye on the IMDB page for new updates!

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