The New Hunger Games Prequel Book Is ‘The Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes’
Claire Miles - October 5, 2019

Changes

By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

The Hunger Games franchise was a major success when it came out. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and based on the books by Suzanne Collins, it earned $3 billion at the worldwide box office to date. Following typical patterns among book-to-movie franchises, a new book is set to release next year.

 

Head back to Panem and meet some new Tributes with the new Hunger prequel book, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. It’s coming out sooner than you might expect: it lands in stores on May 19, 2020.

 

It is set 64 years before Katniss volunteered for the Hunger Games, it centers on competitors in the 10th annual Hunger Games competition. Author Suzanne Collins said she wanted to use The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes “to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival. The reconstruction period ten 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.”

 

You can now pre-order The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanna Collins, out on May 19, 2020.