The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins can certainly craft an amazing story. Everything I have read by her has been excellent and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is no exception. It was strange occasionally actually feeling sorry for Coriolanus knowing exactly what he became over the next 64 years, but then he would think something or do something and suddenly I felt no sympathy for him anymore. I don’t know if Collins made the story fit things in The Hunger Games trilogy or if she always knew President Snow’s backstory. Either way it works seamlessly with the trilogy and adds so much to it. The subtle shift from always being called Coriolanus to being referred to as Snow in the epilogue was a fantastic touch. I read it to my 12, 14, and 21 year olds as a bedtime story (it was so hard to read just one chapter a night!). Only the 21yo and I have read The Hunger Games trilogy already, but we all enjoyed it immensely. I very strongly recommend this book to anyone who liked The Hunger Games.
5 (out of 5) Stars
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