6 Hunger Games Theories That Might Feature In New Haymitch Prequel Book, Check Them Out

Suzanne Collins is gearing up to release a brand-new book, Sunrise on the Reaping. It promises to tell the untold backstory of Haymitch Abernathy, the book will be released on March 18, 2025.

Updated on Jun 16, 2024  |  03:24 PM IST |  59.3K
Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (PC: Imdb)

Fans of the Hunger Games series, are you ready to step back into the gripping world of the Hunger Games? Suzanne Collins is gearing up to release a brand-new book, Sunrise on the Reaping. It promises to tell the untold backstory of Haymitch Abernathy. The exciting prequel will explore Haymitch’s journey before Katniss Everdeen’s mentor.

It will be released in bookstores on March 18, 2025. And, it will be followed by a subsequent movie adaptation. As the anticipation is high, let’s dive into six intriguing theories that could shape the narrative of the prequel.

1. President Snow’s Machinations

One of the prevailing theories revolves around President Coriolanus Snow’s involvement in the 50th Hunger Games. It was won by Haymitch. Despite being the reigning president at the time, there is chatter that Snow might have had a more direct hand in setting up the deadly arena.

This reflects his sinister nature and determination to manipulate even the lives of District 12’s tributes. Could Snow’s meticulous planning and ruthless strategies have influenced the outcome of the games? What do you think?

2. Maysilee Donner’s Fate

District 12’s other tribute during the Second Quarter Quell, Maysiilee Donner remains a mysterious person. She allied with Haymitch for a while and showed impressive resourcefulness that challenged the Capitol’s control.


Many people think that President Snow who disliked District 12 had a hand in her death. Sunrise on the Reaping could uncover the real story behind Maysille’s path.

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3. Lucy Gray’s legacy

Another theory speculates on Lucy Gray Baird’s fate. She is a central figure in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. The theory is that she could have ties to other characters. Perhaps, she can even have a connection to District 12’s history. Some fans wonder if Lucy Gray could have reappeared in District 12 disguised as Greasy Sae. Greasy Sae, the caretaker known to Katniss Everdeen.

While it may not directly confirm this theory, fans hope it will provide hints or clues that could support it. Moreover, District 12 has a much deeper, more complex history than what is initially revealed in the books.

4. Mr. Everdeen’s Covey connection

In the Hunger Games series, Katniss Everdeen’s father is known for his musical abilities and survival skills. Though he was not featured that much in the show, he passed down his knowledge of music and wilderness survival to Katniss.


The term Covey refers to Lucy Braid’s group of musicians and performers. The theory suggests that Mr. Everdeen may have had a connection to Gray’s Covey. In Sunrise on the Reaping, the upcoming prequel to The Hunger Games we can learn about Mr. Everdeen. This way it could be revealed how he learned his musical talents and survival skills.

5. Haymitch’s personal demons and triumphs

Haymitch Abernathy’s journey from a traumatized Victor to a cunning mentor is filled with personal demons. Sunrise on the Reaping is expected to delve into Haymitch’s inner struggles. It might also include his battle with alcoholism and the guilt of surviving while others perished. His character is shaped by the brutal experiences of the Hunger Games and his conflicts with President Snow.

6. Tigris’ transformation and capital intrigue

Tigris with her striking tiger-like appearance and connections to the Capitol’s elite is a character shrouded in mystery. But why did she choose to transform so drastically? There’s a theory that her transformation was not just for fashion but was a deliberate act to oppose President Snow’s cruel plans.


In the books, Tigris is described as having undergone extensive surgeries to look like a tiger. At first glance, it seems like she might have done this to fit in with the Capitol’s obsession with extreme beauty. However, some believe there’s more to the story. Many believe that Tigris changed her appearance to escape President Snow’s control.

As Suzanne Collins prepares to expand the Hunger Games saga, we can expect any of these theories as a plot. What do you think the theory has the potential to become a plot basis, do tell us.

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When will Suzanne Collins' new book Sunrise on the Reaping be released?
The book will be released on March 18, 2025.

What is Sunrise on the Reaping about?
It tells the untold backstory of Haymitch Abernathy, focusing on his journey before becoming Katniss Everdeen's mentor.

Will there be a movie adaptation of Sunrise on the Reaping?
Yes, a movie adaptation will follow the book's release.

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