The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes written by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is not a story I would typically go for on this blog, being that it is a prequel to the beloved series the Hunger Games. However, I felt it’s release, and the story, was so good I just had to review it for you all. Please enjoy!

The Snow’s, a once dominant and rich family, have fallen into poverty and despair due to the war between the Capitol and Districts. However, the whole world has no idea that they have fallen on hard times, and Coriolanus Snow must keep up this lie. With the tenth annual Hunger Games coming up, a gruesome event intended to remind the Districts of where their rebellion got them, Coriolanus is even more stressed. Not only does he have to find something suitable to wear for the ceremony and try to keep his stomach from grumbling each long day, he also will be assigned a tribute to mentor. When he is given Lucy Gray Baird, the female tribute from District 12 and an absolute joke, Coriolanus is forced to begin thinking about a life without being able to pursue higher education. But when Coriolanus and Lucy Gray become friends, and possibly something more, he suddenly has to play to win. And as Lucy Gray becomes a favorite, Coriolanus starts to believe she has a chance. But will she still be alive when the Games start?

Wow! The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was a truly fantastic book. The first 50 pages or so were a bit hard to get into, but once the action really picked up, it was impossible to put down. Being a Hunger Games fan myself, I think that Suzanne Collins really connected some important dots between this prequel and the series itself. That said, I would recommend reading the trilogy first before embarking on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. I believe it would be more beneficial to have the events of the main series fresh in your mind before reading this book; it will be easier to find the connections I talked about above. I really appreciated how she kept many of the same themes from the original Hunger Games books and twisted them to fit in with the storyline of this book. Overall, I highly recommend this book if you’ve read the Hunger Games trilogy, but if you haven’t, I would recommend you read those books before this one.

Thanks for reading guys! Hope you didn’t mind this special post, but like I said above, I felt like this book was too good to pass up. The two usual links will be down below (to buy this book on Amazon and then to learn more about the author Suzanne Collins). Have a great week!

-your fellow book lover

Links:

Get The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes on Amazon here:

Learn more about Suzanne Collins here:

Hannah’s Rating: 9 out of 10 stars

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