[Raises 3 Fingers] The Hunger Games Prequel Title and Cover Have Been Revealed

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Well, since Jennifer Lawrence is busy creating wedding spon-con, I volunteer as tribute … to tell you all about the new Hunger Games prequel. Suzanne Collins’s fourth Hunger Games book, a prequel about the rise of Panem, officially has a title and a book cover. It was formally unveiled on Good Morning America Friday. Titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the cover features a gilded mockingjay perched on spindly branches above a winding snake, in that signature Hunger Games metal-pin style. It’s only a matter of time before Hot Topic stores are covered in this graphic. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set 64 years before the events of Hunger Games, in the “Dark Days,” a period ten years after the war, but before Panem has reached its height. It will “explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins said in a statement announcing the new Scholastic book earlier this year. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes arrives in May 2020, at which point Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be Jennifer Maroney? The passage of time is chilling.

The Hunger Games Prequel Gets Mysterious Title and Cover