The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Book - 2020
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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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lgmosher Jan 23, 2021

The best thing about this book was the title....
.... And little else.

Disappointment, disappointment all around!

You thought Snows character sucked in the trilogy.... Oh Collins gas taken it to a whole new level!

He not only wants to make you pull your hair out now but also BASH your head against the wall until you fall unconscious to save yourself from the boredom of this book.

I LOVED the hunger games, it's one of my go to references... But honestly, I'm hoping I can forget that this happened.

It was a lot of nothing happening..... I felt like I was at the DMV waiting for my number to be called. Sure, the workers look busy... But they're really playing solitaire instead of calling my number.

---- boring ----

She set herself up for failure because her trilogy was just so great. Move on to another story and leave the hunger games to be the wonderfulness that it is.

Aaaannnnnddddddd.... I'm just gonna be real for a moment, no one NOT ONE read the hunger games and went

"huh, I really want to know more about Snow".

Nah, we all wanted him to die a 100 deaths *shrug* sucks to suck Snow.

Just, don't bother.... It ain't worth it.

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CalebCulbertson
Jan 22, 2021

Amazing book, almost as good as the original series.

SAPL_Teens Jan 20, 2021

We all know the horrendous President Snow. The one that had no heart, who tried to kill Katniss many times, encouraged the slaughter of youth, and murdered Prim. Well, he wasn’t always this way. This sequel to the Hunger Games trilogy dives into the origin story of one of the series most hated characters. Did you know Snow started off dirt poor. He kept a good name and reputation using charm. A slippery one. He is a snake after all, weaving words and looks. Saying what the people want to hear. Manipulation is an easy task if it means survival. Suzanne Collins took my breath away more times than I could count in this twisted story. There are so many things I wish I could warn you about before picking up this novel. It will play with your emotions and make you question whose side you’re on. I can only advise that you keep your wits about you. And remember; May the odds be ever in your favour. 3.5/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

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Linyarai
Jan 20, 2021

I am so in love with this book I am hesitant to start something else. I loved The Hunger Games, but found this to be almost better. Between the characters and the world building it was really well done, and even though the ending was a bit rushed and very "wait, what's happening" it explains a lot about him and their future.

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!

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PeteCarrollsboy
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.

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Schultze1104
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.

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JelloLuck
Dec 24, 2020

Lots of adventure, a bit of slasher and blood.

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lavender_creek
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.

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abbib_0
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.

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Arattay
Jul 24, 2020

Violence: Very bloody, but good overall

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JelloLuck
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+).

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readingfairy
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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violet_gorilla_79
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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Hannah Acabal
Sep 11, 2020

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

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