The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

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"Revisits the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Scholastic Press, ♭2020.
ISBN: 9781338635171
Characteristics: 517 pages ;,22 cm.


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FPL_CassieW Jan 16, 2021

This Hunger Games prequel really allows the reader to see Snow in a different light. Now I must re-read the series!

Jan 04, 2021

With this book being a prequel, I have to say it was amazing. Knowing what Snow had to go through I view him in a different way now.

Dec 28, 2020

As an adult reader of the original trilogy, I thought this was an interesting read. It drags for long stretches, but then slams the reader with bits of wisdom and truth about power, popularity, and human nature. Neatly ties into the trilogy which I have been inspired to go back and re-read to find all the connecting threads.

Dec 24, 2020

Lots of adventure, a bit of slasher and blood.

Dec 23, 2020

This prequel to Hunger Games is about teenage Snow, the future-to-be president of Panem. The book is written in third person, which makes it more streamlined and clean-cut than the original trilogy of Hunger Games. Yet, the story is more subdued, and you won't find the same intensity of the trilogy. It is not exactly a page turner, but I assure you will not be disappointed by the ending, much like that in Mockingjay. If you liked reading Hunger Games, you would enjoy this book.

Dec 08, 2020

As an adult who enjoyed the original trilogy, I found this prequel FANTASTIC. It's a very unique pro, centering a novel around a villain, and fittingly it's a wild ride as he develops from an average (even sweet at times) youth to megalomaniac. I did not find a single part "boring," as some reviewers felt, and as that's a subjective - I rather felt each and every paragraph was literary genius painting a deep portrait.

Dec 07, 2020

Gripping and shocking are the best words to describe this book. You empathize with Coriolanus in the beginning and feel pity for his situation. But at the end you realize you have been empathizing with an extremely unreliable narrator. A mad man who tried and maybe succeeded at murdering his girlfriend, who he told us he was in love with. And set his friend up to be hanged. In reading this book you will see and choose for yourself how bad people and situations can affect someone, even if their soul was black from the beginning. Coriolanus Snow is a villain, as we all know. But this book tried to trick us into taking his side, and it almost worked.

Nov 22, 2020

love it. there are some boring parts. in general, tho, gripping and exciting!

Nov 16, 2020

When I first heard of the new prequel to the amazing Hunger Games series, I was ecstatic, and after reading, I was not disappointed. The book follows Coriolanus Snow, as he is a mentor of a tribute in the 10th Hunger Games. It shows his history, as he plays a major role in the original Hunger Games Series. This prequel also shows the evolution of the Games, and how it came to be so popular. It includes many references to the Hunger Games and explains them further, and on a deeper level. Reading this book made me very happy, as I love The Hunger Games books and was so excited to find out that there were more. When reading this book, there were some parts that I found quite slow, yet there were also parts that I could not put the book down. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games series. @teen_reader19 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 15, 2020

Boring Boring Boring

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Jul 24, 2020

Violence: Very bloody, but good overall

Jul 21, 2020

Violence: This book contains blood, killings, slasher, thriller and horror. But if it was in a movie, it would be even worse (14+).

Jun 08, 2020

Violence: Like the original Hunger Games trilogy, this book features lots of gore and violence, as characters are killed, hit, battered and bloodied, tortured, and hanged. However, I wouldn't say it's very vividly described, instead, it leaves many details to the imagination.


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Oct 05, 2020

"Down in the valley, valley so low,
Late in the evening, hear the train blow.
The Train, love, hear the train blow.
Late in the evening, hear the train blow.

Go build me a mansion, build it so high,
So I can see my true love go by.
See him go by, love, see him go by.
So I can see my true love go by.

Go write a letter, send it by mail.
Bake it and stamp it to the Capital jail.
Capital jail, love, to the Capital jail.
Bake it and stamp it o the Capital jail.

Roses are red, love; violets are blue.
Birds in the heavens know I love you.
Know I love you, oh, know I love you,
Birds in the heavens know I love you." - Lucy Gray

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Sep 11, 2020

"Nothing you can take from me was ever worth keeping."


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