When I found out that there was going to be a prequel to the Hunger Games books, I got very excited! I added the date that it was set to release to my calendar and anxiously awaited for that day to arrive. The day before, I checked my library’s online database to see if I could place a hold on the book. It didn’t show up. The next day, the day it was releasing, I checked again, and guess what?!? For the first time EVER, I got a book on the day that it released! That never happens! I then spent the next two weeks reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.
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About The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
From Amazon –
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-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 the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.
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.
My Thoughts about the Prequel to Hunger Games
First of all, I loved the Hunger Games books. I really did. When I was reading them, I remember thinking, “this is so messed up. These are kids killing each other.” However, the more I got into it, the more I really liked the books (and later the movies). As an aspiring writer myself, I was really impressed by the quality of writing, as well as the thought that went into planning all the details. Especially the small details.
When I heard that there was going to be a prequel to the Hunger Games and it was going to be written from Coriolanus Snow’s point of view, I literally couldn’t wait for it to come out. I love a good book written from the villain’s point of view! Not to mention, I was very intrigued by this character in the Hunger Games series, so to find out more about him, especially from before he became President Snow!
Did I Like It?
I really did! In the beginning I was a little bored. It wasn’t that the story was boring, but there was a TON of details. I had a feeling that if I could just get to the part where the Hunger Games began, I would like it more. And I was right. From the moment they entered the area, until the very last page, I couldn’t put the book down. In fact, I actually want to go back and reread the Hunger Games books all over again. Anyone that knows me, knows that I do not reread books. I have my list of favorite books that I love, but I don’t care to reread things. Until now!