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Book Review: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes

Title: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Publication: May 19 2020

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian


It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, 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. 


Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was honestly a four star book (maybe three point five) up until the last maybe third, that’s where it started dragging. I am actually quite disappointed.

The think the most redeeming aspect of this book was that Collins showed Snow being a terrible person all along. No matter what the situation is there is always a moment that sets you back on track. You could be reading a scene and thinking He wasn’t bad all along but then Suzanne Collins would just shatter the pretty picture that you started to paint in your mind.

I enjoyed reading about the dynamic between the Snow family but I wished we were given more details and I definable have more questions about Snow and his family than I did before I went into this book. I honestly struggle to put some details in the plot of the original trilogy. Me having more questions when I finished the book actually goes for every aspect of this book now that I think about it.

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Tigris being Snow’s cousin is the biggest thing I struggle to reconcile. Because that makes what she did an even bigger deal, but I really want to know how they (and Tigris as a character on her own) got to that point. And where did his niece come from, I mean the only way she could actually be his niece is if she is the child of his in-laws but I have no idea who he married.

I think The Covey and Lucy Gray were interesting enough they definitely added to the story but not by much. Speaking of Lucy Gray, I could not stand the romance between her and Snow, it made me feel nasty and that’s a good thing because I’m almost positive Collins was writing it to make it absolutely clear that thins relationship was not a good thing. Also Snow was absolutely insufferable and it was really hard at times to continue reading the book knowing that his P.O.V. was the only one I would be getting.

The actual Hunger Games aspect of the book dragged quite a lot. I appreciate the fact that it showed another side to the Hunger Games and knowing that Snow played a major part in making the Games that Katniss and Peeta had to survive. But with the fact that The Hunger Games at that time weren’t really . . . . anything it made for a few boring moments (for both me and the characters, the ones not fighting to the “arena” I mean). The world- building was also quite lacking. I mean I understand that world-building was done in the original trilogy but that takes place way after this book does. So I really didn’t have much information to go on.

While I said earlier that the book left me with a lot of unanswered questions it also answered a few questions that I didn’t know I had so do with that what you will.

The last thing is Snow’s connection to so many things in Katniss’ life and District 12, I talking a lot of things here people. I really don’t know how I feel about it. The ending was also quite rushed.

All in all this book was . . . . okay. Yes it added to the world but in the additional it also created a few more holes.

That’s All I Got, Romy.

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