Scholastic has acquired world English rights to a new novel in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Sunrise on the Reaping, the fifth book in the series, is slated for March 18, 2025.

The deal was negotiated by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio, who represented Collins, and Scholastic VP, publisher, and editorial director David Levithan. The book will be published simultaneously in print, digital, and audio formats by Scholastic in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Sunrise on the Reaping is the first new Hunger Games book since the 2020 prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. It will also be a prequel, taking place 24 years before the events of The Hunger Games. Lionsgate has already announced plans to adapt the book into a film, with Frances Lawrence in talks to direct, for a November 2026 theatrical release.

“Suzanne Collins has done it again, bringing us back to the world of Panem in order to ask us important questions about our own world,” Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade, said in a statement. “Sunrise on the Reaping is a remarkable book, bringing new complexity, perspective, and revelations to a piece of the Hunger Games story that readers have longed to know more about.”

"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,' " Collins said. "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.”

To date, there are more than 100 million copies of all four Hunger Games books in print and digital formats worldwide, and foreign rights have been sold in 54 languages.