The deluxe illustrated edition of Suzanne Collins' 2008 novel will feature over 30 black and white illustrations
Get ready Hunger Games fans — there’s more reading material coming your way.
A deluxe illustrated edition of the bestselling young adult dystopian novel will be published this fall, according to a statement from publisher Scholastic. The Hunger Games Illustrated Edition, a new version of Suzanne Collins' 2008 novel, will feature over 30 black and white illustrations from acclaimed illustrator Nico Delort.
“Those of us who have been enthralled by the world of The Hunger Games for the past fifteen years will have new reason to be spellbound, as this new illustrated edition gives us both a reason to reread the novel (which continues to resonate) and a chance to see it with new eyes, through the extraordinary vision of Nico Delort,” Scholastic VP, Publisher and Editorial Director David Levithan said in the statement.
The Hunger Games follows Katniss Everdeen, who participates in a televised event called the Hunger Games, where teenagers are chosen to fight to the death in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. The book remained on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly five years, according to the statement.
The series also includes 2009’s Catching Fire and 2010’s Mockingjay, and has been adapted into a successful film franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence. The most recent book in the series, 2020’s prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, was turned into a feature film in 2023 starring Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth.
At press time, there are over 100 million copies of all four books in print and digital formats around the world. The new illustrated version will serve as a collectible for longtime fans and a visually rich introduction for those who are just coming to the story.
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“Certain illustrations made an indelible impression on me growing up, and the images are forever linked to books I love, including John Tenniel’s classic drawings for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Fritz Eichenberg’s wood engravings for Wuthering Heights,” Collins said in the statement. “I’m thrilled with Nico Delort’s striking black-and-white scratchboard artwork for The Hunger Games and feel it will have the same lasting influence on a new generation of Panem readers.”
The Hunger Games Illustrated Edition will be available on Oct. 1, 2024.
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