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


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Oct 20, 2020

This prequel to the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins has been her best yet, I would say. The story follows Coriolanus Snow, who is chosen to mentor one of the tributes in their 10th Hunger Games. He has hopes of being the mentor of the winning tribute, which would grant him his university tuition, free of cost.

As stakes grow higher and Coriolanus and his District 12 girl tribute's fates intertwine, this page-turner of a book has readers all over hooked!

I really liked how TBOSAS incorporated things we've seen from the other three books, and elaborated on them. As a prequel, it did a fairly good job of expanding on their dystopia world, and showing what happened, 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games.

Hunger Games fans, dystopian, action/adventure fans might enjoy this book.

Oct 11, 2020

My comment is going to echo a lot of them on here. I Blazed thru the 1st 3 Hunger Games and have read them/watched the movies more than I care to admit ;) When I learned about this I immediately placed a hold and waited 8 months. I've read it ... I liked the history and Easter Eggs and I can see the author is setting herself for at least 2 more books as this was the 10th Games and Katniss came along in the 74th... A lot of changes happened ie: Feeding, housing and presenting the tributes did a complete 360... So those of us that enjoy this saga will most likely be compelled to at least check out the next but it did not come close to the 1st 3 - In My Opinion.

JCLKelseyR Oct 02, 2020

A prequel to the Hunger Games series. Focuses on Snow as a teenager, recruited as part of a team to revamp an unexciting Hunger Games tradition by mentoring tributes. This is a very interesting book for the history and character development of Snow, however, lacks the "big action" fans of the series have come to expect from the books and movies.

This is hands down Suzanne Collins' best novel set in the Hunger Games universe. On a technical level, it is superior to all of her previous efforts and you can tell she has grown as an author since the original novel. The biggest gripe I have is that the ending of the novel is extremely fast-paced and wanders in numerous directions in the last twenty pages. I am not sure if Miss Collins genuinely did not know where she wanted to go, or if she was trying to confuse the audience.

As far as the content goes, I loved every bit of it. I was a tad annoyed at some of the plot contrivances, and I won't spoil anything, but Corilanus Snow is set up as a surprisingly sympathetic character. Villain origin stories almost always tend to outshine the heroic perspective and that is certainly the case here.

I hope there is a sequel, and that it concludes less rushed than this one.

Sep 26, 2020

This was a good book, it wasn't quite up to the standard of the other hunger games but still worth reading

Sep 24, 2020

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. There were parts that were a little slow and others when I couldn't put it down. I was excited to read about the history of Snow and the Hunger games but wasn't as good as the original 3 in the series but worth the read. I hope they make a movie.

LoganLib_Cheryl Sep 22, 2020

I really related to the story's central question concerning "Chaos, Control and social Contract". If there is no control - such as in the Arena - does the world fall into chaos? If control means killing a few innocent children, is it less likely that citizens will agree to the social contract (law) or be more likely to rebel? Are dictators born narcissists or do circumstances create dictators? I think this book is an interesting study into how totalitarian governments develop.

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.

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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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Oct 05, 2020

"Down in the valley, valley so low,
Late in the evening, hear the train blow.
The Train, love, hear the train blow.
Late in the evening, hear the train blow.

Go build me a mansion, build it so high,
So I can see my true love go by.
See him go by, love, see him go by.
So I can see my true love go by.

Go write a letter, send it by mail.
Bake it and stamp it to the Capital jail.
Capital jail, love, to the Capital jail.
Bake it and stamp it o the Capital jail.

Roses are red, love; violets are blue.
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