The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) (The Hunger Games) by Danny Rooker
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 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
About the author:
Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.
Reviews about the ebook The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
- Bridget Jones:
I was looking forward to this ebook The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and it did not disappoint! You get to understand where Snow comes from and the different events that shaped his life. I think Susanne Collins tied in a lot of items from the Hunger Games series very neatly. It’s not without a sense of irony that Snow made his position through District 12 and ultimately how he was brought down by the same district that got him there.
Without giving away too much of the story, one comes to understand what he had to do to get to the top and what he has to do in order to survive and stay on top. How the war experience shaped his childhood and his family.
I do like the image that Susanne Collins conjures up with the “Snow lands on top” to describe Snow’s conviction in his action, just like Katniss with her “Fire is catching” and “Fire burns/beats rose”. Overall it’s satisfying without being predictable. 4.5/5
While the tone of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is different from The Hunger Games trilogy, this prequel does not disappoint. Suzanne Collins is a fantastic writer who has brought millions of adult fans to her young adult books, myself included. I was delighted to be able to immerse myself once again in the world of Panem, even if I had to do it while staring at the future President Snow.
- The Schoolkeeper:
Most prequels I’ve read are pretty annoying because they’re not really prequels at all, more like continuations of the original story from before rather than after the main timeline.
This isn’t one of those. It’s set 64 years before the first Hunger Games story in a Panem that’s barely recovered from the rebellion. The Capitol is precariously balanced at a place where the Old Order and the New Money are seesawing for control.
In some ways, it reminded me of Atlanta in Gone with The Wind where the same thing was happening. The Capitol characters have surnames familiar to readers of the original trilogy Heavensbee, Crane, and of course Snow.The good story perhaps aimed at a slightly older readership and well worth a look, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
- Tamsyn Carne:
Like many I was dubious when this ebook The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was announced, thinking it was a money-making exercise stretching out the franchise (looking at you JKR)
However, I could not have been more wrong. This story is riveting- I read the whole thing in 4 hours and just could not put it down.
So many Easter Eggs for HG fans, origins, and explanations.
I’m truly hoping there will be more to this one story, I found The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes more engaging than the original trilogy.