Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: Hunger Games #0
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Released: May 19th, 2020
Warnings: Starvation, illness, classism, abuse
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the latest novel to come from Suzanne Collins. It’s also a prequel novel for the Hunger Games – her hit series. The odds are in your favor for having already heard a lot of news about it.
Personally, I was excited from the very first moment I heard about it. I know that some fans were concerned with the idea of the novel focusing on Snow. They were concerned that it was going to romanticize him, or otherwise downplay what he had done. I never had that concern. I believed that Collins had a story to tell, and she earned our trust with her original trilogy. Having read The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, I believe this was the right take on the matter.
The tenth annual Hunger Games is about to begin, and Snow – alongside eleven other classmates – has been pulled into the project. For the Hunger Games aren’t as successful as the creators had hoped. People aren’t watching them, they aren’t remembering properly.
Snow, being the driven character that he is, is determined to turn this into something positive for himself and his family. After all, Snow always lands on top. If he can get his name out there, he can start rebuilding the family name.
“For a moment he laughed, forgetting where they were, how depressing the backdrop. For a moment there was just her smile, the musical cadence of her voice, and the hint of flirtation. Then the world exploded.”