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.
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A generation before Katniss Everdeen won the Hunger Games (and our hearts) with her bravery and sacrifice, a different underdog prepared to face the reaping. We all know Coriolanus Snow as the tyrannical president of Panem. But at 18, he was the heir of a formerly great family and a laughing stock. At first, an assignment to mentor a destitute girl from District 12 seems like the ultimate demotion for Coriolanus, but working with the strangely charismatic Lucy Gray presents him with an opportunity to reclaim his family’s ruling status—if he can navigate the web of old alliances, new money, and shifting loyalties. We were floored by Suzanne Collins’ captivating prequel, which proves that even the most nefarious villain is still the hero of their own story—and isn’t 100 percent terrible. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is just as exhilarating as the other books in the Hunger Games series.
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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.
I had watched the first 4 Hunger games movies and was appalled when I saw this book the day it came out. I loved the progression and the way the focus of the book is less in the games and more on the tale and story of the characters. I will forever hate the way Lamina died but overall this book is fantastic, amazing, suspenseful, captivating and remarkable. When the movie adaptation is released I will watch it 100 times over and still find new clues and theories.
Filled in a lot of blanks in terms of story line but not the best of her books.