The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Press, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781338635171
Characteristics: 517 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Ballad of song birds and snakes


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Sep 19, 2020

I was a huge fan of the original Hunger Games series, I've read every book 3 times! When the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes came out I got it a week after it was released, and I have to say it wasn't my favorite. The amount of information you learn is amazing, but it's more of an information book rather than a storybook.

Sep 10, 2020

I read this book to fulfill the goal read a book published in 2020. so worth the wait.

Sep 05, 2020

I listen to the audio book. I only made it about 3 hours - over two setting - before I stop listing to the book. I thought it the book was slow and I also did not like the reader of the audio book.

sjpl_rebekah Sep 05, 2020

t has taken me awhile to write this review, mostly because I have had a hard time coming to terms with how I feel about this book. To say that I was a fan of The Hunger Games series would be a huge understatement…I was obsessed. I thought about it night and day as I blazed through the series. Nearly every other aspect of my life was put on hold, and when the first movie was released in theaters, I immediately bought a ticket and showed up in full Capitol inspired regalia. I talked to anyone who would listen about it, and religiously followed several fan blogs. All that said, I was positively tickled when I saw that Suzanne Collins would be writing a prequel. I was a little apprehensive when I read the initial synopsis, but I do love a good villain origin story, so I figured it couldn’t be bad.

I was wrong. So, so wrong. In fact, when I finally finished, my first thought was: what did I just read?? I am completely confused about what the author was attempting to do with this story. Origin stories, when done right, can lend so much perspective to the actions of a villain. This did not happen at all with The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Instead of adding more depth to the character of Coriolanus Snow, it made him seem shallow and his nature was constantly portrayed in contradiction of itself. Everything he loves, he also seems to hate, and this is very confusing as a reader because his motives are even murkier than his character. The romance was disturbing and felt very “off” to me. This particular aspect of the story resulted in an ending that was bizarre to say the least. I was left with an overall feeling of disquiet when I finished, and I am not sure if this was or was not the authors intent.

The only thing I enjoyed about this reading experience was looking for the little Easter eggs and THG tie-ins woven throughout the storyline. There were enough of them that I decided to give this book a two star rating instead of a one.

Sep 05, 2020

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was not as good as The Hunger Games. There was a lot less action so whale it was interesting, it moved slowly and was more philosophical. I didn’t really like the ending, I really wish I knew if Lucy Gray died. I could easily see a sequel, but it also works as a stand-alone. You should definitely read after the trilogy, there are a lot of references to Katniss’s time, and you can see how he became the president of Panem, the Snow that Katniss hates so much. And after reading the book I can say this: I get where he came from. I understand why he did what he did, but I don’t think that his choices were right. He did not have to record Sejanus, he could of just told him that he wanted no part in whatever he was involved in. Then he wouldn’t of had to kill Mayfair, therefore not running away with Lucy Gray and trying to kill her. The only person he would of killed would be Bobin, and I think that was accidental, if someone is trying to kill you, you need to stop them from killing you. Overall, The Balld of Songbirds and Snakes was good. I would rate it four stars, and recommend it to Hunger Games fans.

Sep 02, 2020

I personally thought this book was amazing! I would recommend to read it after you read the trilogy, but thats just so you can get to know president Snow before you meet 17 year old snow. I found it very interesting to see through the villains mind, and I did not find any of the book slow moving because it was all interesting.

I give this book 5 stars!

Aug 26, 2020

The book was ok, but it was REALLY BORING for like the first three forths of the book, and it wasnt worth the wait. also WHY ARE THERE FIFTY HOLDS ON THIS BOOK

Aug 22, 2020

i'm not sure if it was worth the read. the book was super boring and slow, then started to pick up near the end. it took me about a week to read when I usually take a few days to read. the book was also very long, about 500 or so pages. we could see more of the snow we know near the end. nevertheless it was interesting to know how the Games worked before Katniss's time and to see where everything originates from. (and it did make us feel bad for Snow) however, it would be disappointing for a first-time reader if they saw this prequel before the original books and decided to read it first before reading the original trilogy, and then judge the books on this one. definitely read this one after you've read the trilogy.

Aug 20, 2020

My main criticism for this book is that I am not interested in the main character. Snow from the beginning of the book was an unlikable (foul) person which made the entire story unappealing when one doesn’t want to find out more about him. There was not enough character development (ie. how he became broken), so it was a story simply about a bad person doing horrible things.

Aug 15, 2020

I actually thoroughly enjoyed delving back into the world of The Hunger Games through the eyes of young Snow. It was interesting getting to see the games in their early form and seeing how different they were before Katniss' time. Of course going into this book you know where Snow will end up and getting this insight into his younger self made me connect a lot of dots and see how his family life and upbringing really affected the choices and decisions he made as he grew up. Though it definitely doesn't justify any of his actions it was still really interesting to see into his character even more. On another note, I feel like the writing in this books is actually better than the original trilogy, or at least I enjoyed the writing much more. Collins did an excellent job in bringing the world to life and giving insight into an earlier Panem. If you're a Hunger Games fan, I suggest checking it out to delve even further into this world that eerily seems similar to our own in more ways than one.

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Jul 24, 2020

Violence: Very bloody, but good overall

Jul 21, 2020

Violence: This book contains blood, killings, slasher, thriller and horror. But if it was in a movie, it would be even worse (14+).

Jun 08, 2020

Violence: Like the original Hunger Games trilogy, this book features lots of gore and violence, as characters are killed, hit, battered and bloodied, tortured, and hanged. However, I wouldn't say it's very vividly described, instead, it leaves many details to the imagination.


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