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 out charm, 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
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’s a laughingstock, the heir of a formerly great family who’s assigned to mentor a destitute but strangely charismatic pledge named Lucy Gray. Coriolanus sees this as a path to reclaiming his family’s ruling status, provided he can navigate a web of old families, new money, and uncertain alliances. This captivating prequel proves that even the most nefarious villain is still the hero of their own story—and may not have always been so terrible. Actor Santino Fontana (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is a lively narrator, giving vibrancy to each character and subtly capturing the young Snow’s wounded pride and potential. This breathtaking adventure left us just as exhilarated as the other books in the Hunger Games series, and just as hungry for more.