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We're still a couple of months away from the release of the anticipated Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, but with fall upon us, you can faintly hear the sound of Rue's whistle in the air reminding us that it's almost time to return to the arena. Coldplay has a new single for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's soundtrack called "Atlas," which you can listen to in its entirety and read the lyrics in the above video.
Here's a look at the art for "Atlas," which is also available for download over at iTunes and Amazon (both priced at $1.29).
If the image of Katniss perched on a high rock with her signature bow and arrow looks familiar, you probably recognize it from the poster for the film, which circulated last spring.
Coldplay's song sounds like a prayer at some points and a promise at others, which could be said about the first single for The Hunger Games soundtrack "Safe and Sound", from Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars. With that in mind, we might not expect to hear much more from the Catching Fire soundtrack until much closer to the film's release (November 22), as The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond didn't hit shelves until just a few days ahead of Hunger Games' arrival in theaters, and that's about standard for movie soundtracks. Then again, it wouldn't be entirely out of the blue for the soundtrack to arrive online streaming a little bit early (Summit did that for the final Twilight movie). Here's hoping.
In the meantime, Coldplay's song is a great tease to remind us that the Quarter Quell is nearly upon us! The Hunger Games centered on Katniss Everdeen, a teen living in a dystopian world where society is broken up into districts, each more impoverished than the last. The first film focused on Katniss and her fellow District 12 tribute Peeta attempting to survive a kill-or-be-killed arena game for the entertainment of the Capitol. Spoiler alert, they both survive. Catching Fire puts their lives in danger once again, as it's the 75th Annual Hunger Games, also known as the Quarter Quell. This special "game" brings past survivors from all districts into a brand new arena for an all-star death match. But the state of Panem isn't quite as stable as it was the year before. Katniss and Peeta's performance in the games and the other events of The Hunger Games have sparked a revolution, which plays its role in how Catching Fire plays out. With two months (and change) until the movie arrives in theaters, there's still time to read the book if you haven't already!