The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes book cover
Suzanne Collins
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Reviewer's Rating
Apr 12, 2024

The once wealthy Snow family has fallen on hard times but Coriolanus Snow is set on changing that by mentoring a winning tribute for the tenth annual Hunger Games. The problem is he gets paired with the female tribute from District Twelve, which puts the odds against him. His only shot at fame and fortune is to win over the public and train his tribute to survive the games. This proves difficult when he faces complicated feelings for his tribute and has to decide between what’s right and his survival. 

This book hurt my soul (but in a good way). I knew generally how it was going to end but it still broke my heart. Besides that, I think the book did a good job of expanding on Snow’s character revealing the reasoning behind his future actions, even though they aren’t justifiable. My favorite part of the book had to be the ending but I also liked Lucy Gray’s character. She was very different and added to the story in a good way. Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes the original series or likes dystopian novels.

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