The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel)

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) by Suzanne Collins Book Summary

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.

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- SO EXCITED5 star

I love the hunger games series so I am very excited to read this!

- Fun but full of plot holes3 star

It was fun to revisit the Hunger Games universe but the story had a lot of plot elements that were just not believable

- PERFECT5 star

this book is absolutely amazing and a perfect prequel to the hunger games series. it really gives a whole new view of the games and of snow.

- Bravo to Suzanne Collins!4 star

Having recently read the Hunger Games books for the first time and with the voices of long-standing Hunger Games fans in my ear, I tried to not get my hopes up too high. While I did not know entirely what to expect with this prequel I was still very excited to read it. It took me a week to get through the book and I have to say I am impressed. Not many authors are able to write a convincing prequel without it looking too much like a set up for the original story but Collins manages to not only set up the main character’s development but also expands the incredibly fascinating world of Panem even more to an extend I did not expect. While the beginning is rather slow moving it soon starts to pick up and shows the entire development of Coriolanus Snow into the ruthless future president of Panem. Anyway, a wonderful read for young adults and adults alike.

- Boring2 star

I can’t believe I’ve waited so long for this drawn out snooze fest. What I wanted was a history on how Snow became who he was and how he shaped the hunger games into what they were. What I got was fuller and fluff. Not good at all. I am highly disappointed.

- Classic Suzanne Collins! Phenomal5 star

Coraliabus Snow is a young boy still in the Academy, last year in the Capital and it is the beginning of the Hunger Games even the Capital sought to get the Districts more involved by having the students mentor and brainstorm ways for the citizens to become invested in the games almost like a sport or competition. Snow lives with his Grandmother and Cousin and he’s lost both his parents due to the rebellion of the districts for 8 years the Capital fought to regain control and finally they did and to remind citizens in districts of that they’ve created Hunger Games where 1 boy and 1 gurl from the 12 districts are chosen randomly to fight and murder their way to winning the games. Snow makes several critical suggestions regarding the games such as having people from the Capital bet on certain tributes and to send them gifts and food while inside the arena. He also falls in love his mentor a girl named Lucy Gray Baird. He helps her by giving her poison and letting modified snakes killers- smell her scent so she isn’t poisoned inside the arena- she wins but he’s caught by Capital and main Game Keeper, Dr Hale who everyone is convinced is a sociopath. She finds harsher crueler ways to torture and kill humans kids animals by texting them in her lab. She eventually grows fond of Snow and his ideals. Due to cheating he is sent to be a Peacekeeper he chose Distict 12 where Lucy is from. All things go really bad and he is forced to report his best friend to authorities, kill Lucy’s ex bf and his new GF, the mayors daughter. When Lucy asks him to run away with hi he accepts. On their trip she realizes he killed his BF by reporting him to authorities and she goes rogue trying to kill him. He shoots her and runs back to the barrack and following day he’s sent to the INTELLIGENT MILITARY ACHOOL YOUNGEST IN HIS CLASS IN DISTRICY 2 a great one. On way there train stops at Capital tells him to report to the Academy. He does and his old Game Keeper Dr Hale is awaiting him. She tells him that his banishment to Peacekeeper academy and barracks was just a test- he is going to the University and to be working directly her. He then becomes so close to his DEAD BF rich parents that they essentially adopt him and give him unlimited access to money in which he spends extravagantly reliving the days in which SNOWS LAND ON TOP- a phrase Tigris, his cousin and he said when things were bleak and they were starving and poor after the war and what his parents and grandmother had ingrained in their heads. He eventually becomes extremely successful with the HUNGER GAMES at the university and has all the money he can need. This is the life and childhood of President SNOW who screwed woth Katniss and Peeta- he was a sociopath then and the readers have a real inside perspective to his childhood, how twisted and detached he was towRds other human beings and how he genuinely believed humans are more evil and animalistic barbaric than they are innately good- he doesn’t realize he’s using himself as that model- not humanity as a whole. So it is he and Dr Hale who substantially created a horrific, inhumane and torturous GAME out of the “REAPINGS” and forced the citizens everywhere to watch it or they’d be arrested. They made an exorbitant fortune off the backs of dead children and took great pleasure in what they deemed imaginative and entertaining games and justified the gruesome murderous deaths of children as an imperative necessity for control or chaos and conflict would result in their demise as a species and citizens of Panem. WELL WELL DONE!

- a little slow but amazing ending.4 star

i really liked this book! i thought the beginning was a bit slow though, i would’ve liked the games to start off sooner & drag on maybe a bit longer, but i loved this book. i agree, it was somewhat difficult to finish, especially since Snow had a lot of conflicting feelings & i’m still not sure if i like him.

- Amazjng5 star

this was literally so good. i love the series and have been counting down the days for this to come out. not disappointed. at. ALL. just as good as the other books. in love with this book and the series.

- Please do Haymitch4 star

I have thought about how interesting Haymitches’ character was when I found out he went against 47 different tributes. Matter of fact he’s probably my 2nd favorite character. I REALLY want a book on him. But still super excited to read this! 😁 (4 stars cuz I haven’t read it yet but I think it’ll be great!)

- I would give it 50 if I could.5 star

I was excited for this book for months before it came out, and I’m not in any way disappointed.

- I’m soooooo exited to read5 star

Omg the seconde I heard it was out I bought it can’t wait to start reading!!! I won’t be surprised if it’s the best books ever existed!!! Ok I wrote enough now I’m gonna go read it!!!!!

- Long winded and boring2 star

I was excited to read this book. However, I struggled to finish it. I found it dragged in parts and was overly a long and boring read.

- Wow5 star

I LUV this book. I can’t wait for the movie and I just love the series and I’m a crazy super excited fan.

- A look into the early days of Panem5 star

Suzanne Collins has seamlessly given us not only a glimpse into the Dark Days of the war, but early post-war Panem and how the country attempted to keep hold of its citizens. Without going deep into spoilers, the treatment of the tributes in the 10th games, the ruthlessness of Dr. Gaul, and of course Coriolanus’ own moral dilemmas, were all amazing facets of this book. I loved a peek into a Panem where citizens of the Capitol were poor and hungry. What a trip. 10/10 will read again. I hope to see more in the hunger games universe, maybe some short stories.

- Not what I was hoping2 star

Spoilers Ahead This book did not precede my expectations. Snow is not a very likable character towards the end, which makes it hard to keep on reading till the end. This book also does not explain things further that happened in the original trilogy. It never explains how Snow became president, and why Tigris is separated from him. One thing that really bothered me, was WHAT HAPPENED TO LUCY GRAY!!!! However, it does explain Snows hatred for mockingjays, which becomes Katniss’ symbol later on. It also explains the nature behind the song, “The Hanging Tree,” and the lullaby, “Deep in the Meadow,” is included. Katniss plants are mentioned and ironically are the plants that give Lucy Gray her cover story for leaving Snow. Towards the end of the book, Snow becomes a more hateful person. He BETRAYS HIS BEST FRIEND, which causes his friend to be hanged. He also killed four people. The first time was for self defense, and Snow felt horrible after that one. But the second death he thought was easier than the first. The third death results in betraying his friend. The last death is to get back at someone for holding a grudge. REALLY!

- SO GOOD5 star

I LOVE this book. It’s amazing!!!! I bought it even before it came our i was so excited!!!!! I was worried that it would be one of those book that made you feel sorry for the bad guy, but it was exactly the opposite! I stayed up untill 3:00 a.m. reading it😂.By the end of the book i hated snow even more than i had at the end of mockingjay😬. even after i finished the book, i stayed awake for a long time just thinking about it. i keep on wondering about tigris. I assume shes the same one from mockingjay, but what happened to her that made her end up in an underwear shop? What did snow do to her? i hope Suzanne collins comes out with another book explaining that cuz it left me rlly confused. This is really is one of the best books ive ever read (other than the other three hunger games books) ITS SO GOOD! p.s. conspiracy theory: lucy grey is katniss’s grandmother

- Dopd5 star

By the end I hated snow more than I did after finishing mockingjay 😬

- 💗 Love then all!💗5 star

I love every book that I stubble upon that’s by Suzanne Collins. She’s a fantastic author!

- Unexpected5 star

Love the book, my only problem was that the last part of the book was so long, but still was great and really unexpected.

- Spectacular!5 star

When I realized that this book was going to be about President Snow, I had no idea if I was going to love or hate it. However, I was greeted with a tale that fleshes out just how “The Hunger Games” came to be. Along with a detailed, riveting backstory about the young life of Coriolanus Snow. I was pleasantly surprised with appearances from some of our favorite characters’ ancestors, along with exciting foreshadowing and plot twists. It world builds on a war ravaged Panem, and gives the reader many instances to ponder just how everything unfolded by the time we meet Katniss years later. By the last few chapters, I was seriously wondering how the novel would end! As a longtime fan of “The Hunger Games”, I am very happy to say that it brought back my love for the series (I’m about to go re-read them for old times sake). Great, great read!

- 100%5 star

This book was amazing 100% recommend can’t wait for the movie


I have been waiting for this book since February! Once I was done with the trilogy I saw that this book is coming out! I was so exited! And now it’s out and I can’t wait to read!!! But I have one question, is the main character haymich??? CANT WAIT THOUGH!!!

- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes3 star

Excited it’s hunger games related. Not so excited it’s about Snow. Please do Haymitch, Joanna, Finnick, Annie, etc. Those prequels are what I am waiting for!!

- Yesss finally!!!!5 star

I can’t wait to read this I’m buying it rn!!!!!!

- She did that5 star

So good

- Hopeful 😍😍5 star

This book 📖 sounds so good!! I read the series in 4 days and am excited for the prequel!!!!! Hopefully it Will be as good as the series! I’ve been crossing off the days till it arrives!! :-)!! 😝😝

- Just Got It!!5 star

So excited to read, I love Suzanne Collins so much!

- Amazing5 star

It is so good some people don’t like that snow is the main character but give it a chance because it is simply amazing 😉

- I have been waiting for so long! Capecoder5 star

I have already read the trilogy this year to get my self prepared! I can’t wait to love this book! Thank you Suzanne Collins!

- Circumstance5 star

I happened upon this book by accident. I love this series.

- Amazing5 star

Great book, worth the read

- can’t. wait.5 star

i love love love this trilogy and am soo glad there’s a prequel! there’s not much info out yet but im hoping that it’s in first person pov and so excited for a new set of characters! maybe the tenth hunger games was when the other victor from district twelve won! counting down the days 💕🤞

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