Suzanne Colins’ new Hunger Games prequel finally ya s a title and jacket cover.
Good Morning America made the announcement Friday morning that the upcoming Scholastic book will be titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and will serve as a precursor to the dystopian YA series — which first introduced fans to the fictional world of Panem across three Hunger Games books between 2008 and 2010 — will hit bookshelves on May 19, 2020.
The prequel is set 64 years before the events of the first Hunger Games book, which set Katniss Everdeen on a mission to overthrow an oppressive regime that pitted children against each other in the titular traditional death match, the prequel will detail the events surrounding the 10th Hunger Games.
The books cover was also revealed featuring a golden mockingjay perched on a branch over a slithering snake.
In a press release, Scholastic President Ellie Berger said the novel “raises important questions about authority, the use of violence, and the truth of human nature,” while the brand’s VP, David Levithan, said the mockingjay’s “new angle” on the cover “is very much in line with the story that Suzanne Collins is telling.”
“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins previously said of the novel. “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.”