The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing as well as can be, given the crazy events going on in the world.  With the Memorial Day weekend, it was a short work week for me, but it felt like it dragged for what seemed like eons.  Thankfully, a new book that I’ve been wanting to read came out earlier this month, which proved to be a worthwhile distraction. So, let’s get on with the show!

Amazon summary: 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.

Thoughts: I first learned of the Hunger Games trilogy shortly after the first movie came out and didn’t get around to reading them until the second movie was in theaters. After I started reading the books, I instantly fell in love with them (in fact, they’re one of the few YA Dystopian Sci-Fi series I’ll actually read). So, when I heard that Suzanne Collins was coming out with a prequel, I was excited, yet a little unsure about how she was going to portray Coriolanus in this book.  But, like with the trilogy, I ended up really liking this book.  Throughout the book, there were hints and ties to the trilogy, but the event that really hit me came in part three of the book (spoiler alert ahead for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet).  For those unfamiliar with the trilogy, in book three, there’s a moment where the main character Katniss sings a song about a man who’s hanged for murder who calls out for his lover to flee to save her own life. Well, this event is actually depicted in the prequel. And when I saw it, I immediately went ‘OMG! This! Right here! This is the event that Katniss sings about!!!!!’ Plus this book had me hooked throughout the entire story.  As soon as I picked it up I just couldn’t put it down. It was interesting to see a bit of Coriolanus’ history and how he starts to become the hated President Snow that is seen in the trilogy.  In the end, I really loved this book, and I’m glad that I decided to pick up a copy.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for today.  Hope you stay healthy and safe, and I hope to see you all in a week or two with my next review.


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