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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.

Young Adult
May 19
Scholastic Inc.
Scholastic Canada Ltd.

Customer Reviews

TheEternalFlame ,

Speechless. Here’s a speech

When I first saw this book at Chapters, I was extremely excited. I had read the Hunger Games trilogy around a year ago and I was obsessed with them. I wanted more, if you know what I mean. Not just more of the books, but more of the Hunger Games universe. I started reading this book and I was immediately hooked. Before I get into full detail, I want to say there will be spoilers, so if you haven’t read the book yet I wouldn’t read this review.

A few non-important side notes I wanted to add. I love the names of the characters in this book. The name Coriolanus looks a bit odd on paper but I love saying and hearing it out loud. Sejanus, Clemensia, and Livia are all great names. I love both the cover of the book and the creativity of the name, although the meaning of the name took a while to understand. I also love the Snow family catchphrase. “Snow lands on top” is just so witty! I’m pretty sure if Dean Highbottom didn’t tell Coriolanus that he could hear snow falling, Coriolanus wouldn’t have poisoned him.

Arachne’s death took me by surprise. It wasn’t until her tribute reached for the cheese knife that I realized she had made a terrible mistake teasing her. It was one sandwich! Although the tribute was probably starving, not having eaten in a few days.
The bomb in the arena really added to the suspense. It not only changed the layout of the arena but also proved that Coriolanus and Lucy Gray were starting to trust each other more, as Lucy Gray saved Coriolanus from that burning beam.

One of the things that makes this book so great is how the author shows character evolution throughout it. There’s a lot of firsts; first kiss, first murder, et cetera. I feel this really brings the reader along the character's path.

When Coriolanus was sent to District 12 to be a peacekeeper, I thought he was going to stay there for a while and maybe even marry Lucy Gray. I knew it couldn’t last or else the Hunger Games series wouldn’t exist, but I didn’t know he’d abandon her. It started off well, with him coming to watch her at the Hob, him meeting her at the Covey’s house. They arranged to go off together and live up north, free of laws and expectations. When Coriolanus found the gun, I hoped he would leave it where it was and still go off with her, but he had other plans. He was going to tell Lucy Gray he was going back, but when the snake bit him, he went completely insane and started firing the gun, trying to find Lucy Gray to kill her. Hard to believe he did that all in panic. Then he went back to the Capitol.

I’m not going to say I loved or even liked the ending, but I will say I understood it. The end suits the book very well and I think a happy ending not only wouldn’t have suited the book but wouldn’t have made any sense either. If Coriolanus had not killed Dean Highbottom at the end of the book and instead went back to Lucy Gray, this would’ve meant that there was still good in Coriolanus, and that would mean Coriolanus wasn’t the cold-blooded murderer he was in the Hunger Games trilogy. So once again, I did not love the ending but I understood it.

All in all, this prequel to the Hunger Games was an amazing book. I read it and now I’m rereading the Hunger Games books. This book is an absolute must-read for any Hunger Games fan and, I have to say, one of the best books I’ve ever read. If you were one of the people to read this whole review, I just want to say my thanks. This is a very long review and it means a lot to me that you would read all of it. Thank you.

JenniferRQS ,

Spoiler Alert, but Amazing!

I bought it the day it came out. Literally.

I never thought that Coriolanus (who I used to call Cornelius, sorry) would have this sort of amazing backstory! And so far people believe Maude Ivory is Katniss’s grandmother...?

But anyways. Let’s move on to the best parts of the book.

1. The first word is Coriolanus, which corrected my mistake in my mind
3. Lucy Gray is just inspirational
4. Yay, it includes more songs! Is it just me, or do you pore over the songs for half an hour until you know them by heart?
5. Coriolanus doesn’t seem so bad now...
6. The expected l~o~v~e between Lucy Gray and Coriolanus was just amazing...
7. It gives a backstory to The Hanging Tree!

Okay that’s enough for now, so if you haven’t gotten it yet, go get it, it’s worth it.

Phoenix Lily Rainy Yers ,

Yes. Just yes.

I loved this. People say that I am too young to read young adult books but they’re really good. In the main series we didn’t get a lot of information on Snow, and we sort of just thought he was a baddie but in this it goes in to detail about what he was like before he became “evil”. I also absolutely adored how Lucy Gray and Coryo slowly came to love each other until the point where they were fully fledged boyfriend and girlfriend. I also liked how they showed that not all c as pistol citizens were ruthless. And last but not least, I liked how a capitol boy and a non-capitol girl got together. It really shows that if the capitol worked hard enough, they could all be friends with districts and everyone could live alongside each other in peace. To that one person who read all of this through, I thank you sincerely for your time. Goodbye.

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