I was a super fan of The Hunger Games trilogy and still rate them as one of my favourite series. So I was excited and a whole lot terrified when the prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was announced. It didn’t feel necessary, and I didn’t want to lose my love for this series. But also I couldn’t wait to read it!The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) by Suzanne Collins
Published by Scholastic Inc. on May 19, 2020
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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.
My thoughts on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Reviews were so mixed on this one that I felt very apprehensive before I started it. And most add on books that I’ve read are a little bit rubbish.
But once I begun, it swept me away and I became a very willing tribute to read all about the 10th Hunger Games and the start of Snow’s rise to power.
7 things that struck me
– I need to read more YA and dystopia books because when done well they are exciting and all consuming
– President Snow was still calculating and cold as a teenager. I had flashes of empathy but withdrew them quickly
– The games through the eyes of a mentor are horrifying as they all forget they are playing with human lives, not to mention children’s lives.
– “Snow lands on top” The family motto becomes even more disturbing when you know how long his reign lasted and the devastation he caused.
– The song lyrics didn’t appeal to me, and I skipped huge sections of them.
– I enjoyed guessing who was in Katniss’s family tree
– The book was huge and still somehow too short. I think that shows just how much I enjoyed it.
The odds of Suzanne Collins writing a book I love are ever more in her favour.
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Who should read The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes?
Recommended if you love The Hunger Games. However lots of fans didn’t enjoy this one, so I guess you’ll just have to read and decide for yourself.