The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games,
by Suzanne Collins
4 out of 5 stars
Snow lands on top
Coriolanus Snow is in his last year at the academy and is preparing to be one of the first ever mentors in the Hunger Games. His tribute is Lucy Gray from District 12. This book allows us a more intimate look into Snow’s life before he was president and before he ever met Katniss Everdeen. Readers will see Snow before the Hunger Games, during the Hunger Games, and after. Readers will see his slow spiral to the man readers know in the The Hunger Games.
Readers know Snow as a ruthless tyrant who will stop at nothing to have the ultimate control over Panem and everyone in it. This book gives readers a detail look at how this happens. Snow starts out being a very likable character, easy to connect with and then slowly the reader will start to despise him. Eventually, readers will understand why he is the way he is and it will probably make you hate him even more.
I really enjoyed this book, it was so well written. Suzanne Collins always does an amazing job at writing her novels. However, I don’t know if the book was necessary. I love the Hunger Games books as much as the next person, but I would also like to see her do something different. I would really enjoy a book that was post Mockingjay though. I would love to see where Panem is now and what happened to all the districts and the capital in detail.
I will be interested in seeing what she does in the future since she has returned to Panem and the Hunger Games. Will she end up like J.K. Rowling and create spin offs and a whole new series or is she done now? Time will only tell and I will be here waiting to see what she does.