Madison Vanderberg
June 17, 2019 11:49 am

The Hunger Games saga isn’t over just yet. Scholastic just announced that Suzanne Collins is writing a yet-untitled Hunger Games prequel that is slated to hit shelves on May 19th, 2020. It will be the first Panem-set book since the trilogy’s third installment, Mockingjay, was released in 2010. The publisher noted that the book would take place 64 years before Katniss Everdeen competes in the annual Games. Fans of the series immediately did the math and have a theory that the book will follow Catching Fire breakout star, Mags Flanagan.

Quick backstory: The book and movie series follows Katniss Everdeen as she competes in Panem’s annual “Hunger Games,” a televised event in which children fight to the death. In the second book, Catching Fire, Katniss competes in the 75th annual Games and meets Mags Flanagan. Mags is an elderly woman who had won the 11th annual Hunger Games, and she volunteers as tribute at the 75th Games in place of a younger woman. During the competition, Mags becomes one of Katniss’ allies before she eventually sacrifices herself.

True Hunger Games fans did the math and noted that 64 years before the events of Catching Fire would put us right on time to see Mags win the 11th annual games.

Collins has not confirmed whether the prequel would follow Mags, and the author’s official synopsis of the book only states that the prequel will take place during the “Dark Days,” which was 10 years after the failed rebellion that turned the United States into the nightmarish Panem.

Unless there is some weird math trickery going on in Panem, Catching Fire revolves around the 75th annual Hunger Games, and the prequel takes place 64 years before the events of the current books. In case you’re not following, we also did the math: 75 minus 64 equals 11. Mags competed in the 11th Hunger Games, so…the book is totally about Mags. Boom, solved it. Thanks, fans!