The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) (CD-Audio)
Other Books in Series
- #1: The Hunger Games (Prebound): Not currently in store. May be available on Bookshop.org.
- #2: Catching Fire (Hunger Games, Book Two) (The Hunger Games #2) (Paperback): Not currently in store. May be available on Bookshop.org.
- #3: Mockingjay (Hunger Games, Book Three) (The Hunger Games #3) (Hardcover): Not currently in store. May be available on Bookshop.org.
- #4: Balada de pájaros cantores y serpientes / The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (JUEGOS DEL HAMBRE / THE HUNGER GAMES #4) (Paperback): Not currently in store. May be available on Bookshop.org.
I was very surprised when, halfway through this book, I couldn't stop reading. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a prequel set during the10th Hunger Games, following no one other than the Big Bad of the trilogy, Coriolanus Snow. While the perspective is grating at times, it's intentionally so--Snow is a narcissistic coward who grows into a tyrannical dictator. The novel, at its core, is a look into what privilege and governmental propaganda can make a person into, and although Snow behaves a bit too cartoonishly-villainous sometimes, especially at the novel's end, its point is an important one. Add to that a wonderful secondary protagonist (my heart belongs to you, Lucy Gray) and you've got a good nostalgic read, especially if you were one of the many who read and loved the Hunger Games at the height of its popularity.— Ellis M.
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 the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, 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.
About the Author
Suzanne Collins is the author of the bestselling Underland Chronicles series, which started with Gregor the Overlander. Her groundbreaking young adult novels, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, were New York Times bestsellers, received wide praise, and were the basis for four popular films. She returned to the world of Panem with The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Year of the Jungle, her picture book based on the year her father was deployed in Vietnam, was published in 2013 to great critical acclaim. To date, her books have been published in fifty-three languages around the world.