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

Ambition will fuel him.

Competition will drive him.

But power has its price.

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 ...show more

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528 pages

Average rating: 7.73

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Mar 15, 2024
10/10 stars
I loved getting to hear the storyline directly from Snow's perspective. He's clearly an unreliable narrator, and the narcissism comes through in his thought processes. I don't really understand the people who sympathize with him, as I felt the book clearly painted him as a villain, just not from his own point if view. I loved how well this book ties into the rest of the series and gives explanation as to how the world developed. It was also reall...read more
megew8
Feb 28, 2024
9/10 stars
I really enjoyed some Snow backstory and how The Games as we know/knew them came to be. I would have liked to see a *slightly* different ending but am overall pleased. Also, as there are no plans for any further books, I would have liked to have the epilogue go a little further into the time between Ballad and HG. BUT, I suppose it does leave it open for more books if Collins ever feels up to it.
annberkley
Feb 26, 2024
6/10 stars
Meh. I thought it would be more of a villain origin story than it was. Also, I listened to it on audible and while the narrator did well, the way he portrayed the females in the story was a little.. off? Would not recommend listening to it as an audiobook, but overall was enjoyable and I am looking forward to the movie and hope it's a little less meh.
Davies_508
Feb 15, 2024
10/10 stars
I loved all the hunger games books and my partner bought me this book so I dove head first into it. And I loved it. I don’t get the media hype on Snow. I fell in love with Reaper and Marcus. My favourite characters.
Chuckstafer
Feb 02, 2024
8/10 stars
First things first: this was not a bad novel, it just wasn't as engaging as the original Hunger Games series was. This novel also wasn't the story that I thought I would be getting by the description. I thought it was going to be more of Snow's ascent to power as President of the Capital, but instead, it was an "origin story" of sorts about some of the defining moments in his life that started to turn Snow into the ruthless leader he was in the l...read more

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