The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price. It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favour or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.
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"Coriolanus Snow was a very well written character. For huge portions, you can love him and understand his emotions/emotional reasoning. These events have happened long ago and can't be changed or influenced by anyone we know in the original series. You think going into it that it has to be something later in life that makes him THE President Snow but there are moments where you see him turning into something...other. Moments where you go 'WTF' where he's 17. And that's good writing!"
"I give this book a 6.5-7/10 it was way too long and a lot of the stuff in here was filler and wasn’t interesting to read even if it wasn’t necessary to the plot. I read this before the movie but I can say that the movie is a 9/10!! I think it was made for the screen and it was a lot better than the book. It doesn’t really show why Snow becomes evil like people say it does I think it just shows how Snow was always evil. This book didn’t need to exist but it didn’t not need to exist. If your a die hard hunger games fan like myself it is a must but if you just casually enjoy the series then I wouldn’t say you have to read it, the movie is just fine!"
"A story that really brings The Hunger Games to life, I found myself rooting for someone I knew was a villain!! This story really captures the idea that bad people don’t really know that they’re bad…. Or maybe they just ignore it. "
"This did not meet my expectations, but it was alright. It definitely had an entirely different feel than the Hunger Games series. I was ready to watch Snow claw his way up the social ladder to become the iron fist of Panem, but instead got a mellow, slow story of Snow being thrown around by powerful figures and an ending that did not suffice. Still, thanks, Suzanne Collins, for giving me something semi-enjoyable to read."
"2.75 star. I found the plot very interesting since it was about how President Snow came to be. But since you were with him instead of the tributes it was as if we were outside the action and disconnected. The tributes always have much more to offer to the story. While Snow was under privileged he didn't have as much to lose. I would have preferred maybe more POV's.<br/><br/>The story did make me realize how Snow could have burned his way to the top. He was scary clever. But honestly his point of no return wasn't believable. Snow was pretty much a decent guy until about 30 min left of the audiobook. There was no gradual step for the turn it just happened.<br/><br/>I might be a little more harsh on this review because of the audiobook narrator Santino Fontana. He did a good job with the male voices but the female ones were very exaggerated. And the singing I wanted to pull my hair out. He just read it in a weird clipped tone.<br/><br/>I also couldn't get invested in the characters they were very underdeveloped. No one stood out to me. And not going to lie I did go into this thinking it would be action packed and rich like The Hunger Games so that added another layer of disappointment."