Stranger Things Prequel Tie-In Reveals Why Max Came to Hawkins

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Sadie Sink's Max Mayfield will get her own backstory in the form of a Stranger Things prequel novel that will be released a month before the show's Season 3 premiere on July 4.

Stranger Things: Runaway Max, from writer Brenna Yovanoff, will be released on June 4 from  Random House and will focus on why Max came to the fictional, haunted town of Hawkins, Indiana -- the backdrop for the popular Netflix series. Last season, Max and her brother Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) showed up and caused chaos, with Max befriending the teenage gang of monster-hunters, and Billy serving as an antagonist.

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However, their background remained unexplored, apart from the revelation that the half-siblings ran away from abuse at home. This novel will provide more insight into Max's past, which will be appreciated by fans as the show's creators, the Duffer Brothers, plan on focusing on her morethis season as she embarks on a romance with Caleb McLaughlin's Lucas Sinclair.

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The franchise is diving deep into prequel territory prior to the launch of the new season with Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds out last Thursday and dealing with Eleven's past and her mother's induction into the sinister MKUltra program. June 4 will also see the release of Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town which details the history of David Harbour's Chief Hopper as a Vietnam War veteran before he too encountered the Upside Down.

Created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalie Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Priah Ferguson, Cary Elwes, Jake Busey and Maya Thurman-Hawke. Season 3 will debut on Netflix on July 4.

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