The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel)
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Dystopian
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 favor 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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"How did I not know this book existed? I read it as soon as I could. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the third-person narrative, especially since The Hunger Games trilogy was in first-person. Other than that, it was good. I loved reading about the antagonist's past, yet this time around as the protagonist."
" ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’m a sucker for the Hunger Games movies and books and I was so excited to read this. It was great to read about a young Coriolanus (Snow). When the book opens and we learn about his tribute I saw the direction this was going - kind of. It was neat to read about how the early games were vs how they were in the books a little bit into the future. Bit of a slow start for me but picked up fast once in the arena and after the games. Overall this was just an okay read for me. Didn’t compare to the regular series, but was still worth reading. "
"Way too long. Most of the story dragged. Coriolanus’s character gave me whiplash. Lucy Gray was boring most of time. In fact, most of the characters and the plot were boring. However, loved the origin story for the things we see in the series proper. Wish it was more of that and not Snow’s monologue about how jealous he was of Billy Taupe and Lucy Gray’s former relationship."
"I loved The Hunger Games when it came out years ago so I was excited to return to Suzanne Collins' world. I enjoyed seeing the progression of the Games and Panem in this prequel (I'm sucker for origin stories). But I have to say there were almost too many hints at what would happen in the future and if she pulled back on a handful of details, I think I would have liked it more."