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5 Books to Read While We Wait for the New Hunger Games Novel

by  | August 5

I remember picking up a copy of The Hunger Games from the new arrivals shelf at Barnes & Noble. I remember ordering and receiving my copy of Mockingjay, which came with a specialty mockingjay pin. I dressed up as a dead tribute for the midnight premiere of the movie…. Basically, what I’m saying is that I’ve been a longtime fan of the series and I am so excited to be talking about these books again.

So, what do we know? The new book is actually going to be a prequel set 64 years before The Hunger Games, and it’s going to take place during the Dark Days after the war. As a fan of the series, I’m really thrilled to delve into some of Panem’s history featured in its own novel.

There is still a lot we don’t know about this book yet. Right now, it’s being referred to only as the Untitled Panem Novel and there is no confirmation of who the book will focus on. There is also a chance that there will be a fifth movie in The Hunger Games series, as Lionsgate has stated that they’ve been in contact with Suzanne Collins throughout the writing process of her new novel.

Do we have a date? Why yes, fellow Hunger Games fans, we do. The book is slated to be published on May 19, 2020. And since I know that feels like an eternity away now, here are some new dystopian novels to tide you over until then.

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The Last

The Last

by Hanna Jameson

The Last is a dystopian psychological thriller inspired by the infamous Cecil Hotel in LA and set during the chaos of nuclear war. The story follows Jon, who is at a conference in Switzerland when he receives the horrifying news that DC, New York, London, and Berlin have been hit with nuclear bombs. Now, two months later, Jon is hiding out in the same hotel with twenty other survivors when they discover the body of a young girl in the hotel water tank. In order to cling to his own sanity, Jon attempts to investigate the murder as supplies continue to diminish.

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The Power

The Power

by Naomi Alderman

Just like The Hunger Games, The Power is a strong female-centered dystopia. Suddenly, women are discovering that they have the power to inflict pain, and even death, with just a flick of their fingers. Women from around the world converge as their lives change forever.

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Dry

Dry

by Neal Shusterman

What would you do if there was suddenly no water? That is exactly the premise of Dry, as we follow Alyssa and her family in the aftermath of the “Tap-Out.” Their small California suburban neighborhood has turned into a war zone, in which families and friends turn on each other in their search for water.

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Station Eleven

Station Eleven

by Emily St. John Mandel

Like the new Untitled Panem Novel, Station Eleven focuses on the aftermath of destruction. Uniquely, Station Eleven tells the story of a small theater troupe desperate to keep art and music alive in the wake of tragedy—a devastating flu pandemic that decimated the population. The Traveling Symphony travel to St. Deborah but upon their arrival they encounter great violence that threatens not only their mission, but their very existence.

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Zero Repeat Forever

Zero Repeat Forever

by G. S. Prendergast

They should hate each other. They should kill each other, and yet somehow Eighth and Raven are drawn together in this dystopian survival story. Eighth doesn’t have a name or a voice, he only has a rank and a mission. Raven is at summer camp when the Nahx invade and kill her boyfriend. Now she’s stranded and injured in the wilderness. This is when Eighth, one of the Nahx, finds her, right after he deserts his unit. Together they have to learn to trust each other if they want to live.

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