The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel)

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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Not!1 star

So predictable, irrelevant, and ghastly. 15

Tory Brennan

Good, but...4 star

It was overall enjoyable and fairly interesting, but not as good as the Hunger Games series.... but people should read it, it does show how Snow has a history with district 12, and explains his view on things, and how the Hunger Games became to be the way it is. Ok this review might have a few spoilers: So I liked Lucy Gray’s and Snow’s relationship, however I think more could’ve come from it. I wish they kinda showed more of Snow’s life and the past. Maybe they should’ve showed more of his descent into the tyrant he became, and how he became President and drove off Tigris and his friends. The end was a bit too anticlimactic for me. I felt like it should’ve been more dramatic, emotional, and deeper. I was prepared for a villain’s story into evil, which I didn’t exactly get. However, that’s ok, and it was still good. 45

dr. jr. nothing

Not what I wanted. Great read.3 star

But could have been amazing. Another trilogy could have been more fun to read.drjr11112 35

awesome and...4 star

this book was great!!! a bit slow at first but once you get farther into it it has lots of twists and turns. piece of advice for the author though... make a book of peeta’s perspective of things... it would be a real hit, but anyways getting back to the ballad of songbirds and snakes. to put it short, it’s a great book but has it’s twirks. 45


Decent3 star

Nowhere as good as the Hunger Games trilogy but the book had its moments. 35

forever bored😒

Awesome5 star

This was a fun book and has started so many thoughts! This book was one I could read over and over. Never thought there would be a batter book than the original ones, I enjoyed every part. 55


NOT good1 star

Sorry but don’t listen to the 5 star reviews!!!! They’re based solely on the authors namesake. Before you hate me, I am a HUGE fan of the author and her previous works so I was VERY excited for this book to come out! YES I knew it was going to be a bad guy “origin story” and was excited for it! But I can’t lie just because I like the author. Perhaps Collins just isn’t ‘good’ at writing the opposite perspective . It’s just SO bland and really doesn’t do the characters justice. It’s like she was half heartedly writing bc she needed the money. REALLY don’t waste your money! Read this at a library. I wish I had! It’s is a shadow in comparison to the others. It lacks depth, mystery or any real motivation. It took me a week to read it when her other books took a day, maybe two. I couldn’t put them down! No seriously—- the plot drags every step of the way, dare I say to the point of becoming dull or boring in places. My attention drifted off multiple times. The songs were BAD. And I ADORED her previous ones!!! It got to the point where I wanted to BEG Lucy Grey to please STOP!!! Song after song after song. Sometimes the same song! The lyrics were just...lame. It was a cool that we got to see the Hanging Tree song origins but somehow this information didn’t add much to the tale. Also Snow’s hate for the Mockingjay’s seems appropriate to his character in the future but there’s never any logic as to WHY he does. BoS&S covers maybe the course of a couple weeks in Snow’s life but some how it managed to stretch over 50 chapters *shudder*. 20 or so chapters longer than her other books. Even tho it’s set from “unpredictable” Snow’s POV the ending is very...well, predictable. I was hoping for some good plot twists/drama/mystery or a larger span of Snow’s life..... Instead we’re left with disappointment and missing answers. For instance, how bout something like a relation to someone we already know being revealed or involved in a more serious way? Like Haymitch or Effie or the lady at the Hob?A beloved character who’s lesser known? At least being hinted at to keep interest. Or Sejanus’ family name having been changed to hide their true identities? They’re really rebels or have some deeper influence to the story somehow. ??? Or Snow having an affair with Lucy Grey(hinting that he’s Katniss grandfather or great grandfather which would explain why he seemed to favor—even like/admire her at times) and showing them—-over the course of several years—having a twisted(more so than a weak love interest) relationship where Lady Grey eventually realizes he’s evil but Snow never comes to that realization himself bc that’s what true narcissists do. They’re very good at hiding their true nature and never admit any wrongdoing. This would also make for a good comparison between their and Katniss-Peeta’s relationship. Anyways, Lady Grey secretly attempts to escape a warped life at the Capitol multiple times until she finally does. Snow of course makes up a cover story about how she tragically ‘dies’ while inwardly he vows to avenge himself on her children/grand-children. What??? You think the almighty Capitol can’t rig the tribute vote?! ORRR how bout more depth and interest with the relationship between Snow and Tigress. I was so eager to see what part she played in the turns out, other than being his baby nanny and surrogate sister, none. How bout showing how the rift in their relationship developed? Such as Tigress disapproves of and turns him in for having a relationship with Lucy Grey? Or she does something else to make him loose respect for her? Such as falling for a rebel or merely helping some rebels in need because she had a “kind heart”? Snow has to choose wether to turn her in or not? There was SO much potential for where this story could’ve gone. Instead we’re locked in Snow’s head, bounced between childish thoughts of school and the crazy antics of his nutjob teachers. I TRULY hope she doesn’t make a sequel to this. I want to go to bed and forget this book ever existed! 15


Dark but soo GOOD5 star

First off I’m not a big reader but when I find a good series I get obsessed. While this book is definitely more darker than her others, I still enjoyed it. The darkness comes from the violence that occurs in the book. It felt more aggressive. It was triggering at times but that’s good writing. It gives a whole other perspective into the first three books and really opened my eyes up to who Snow is and how he became debased. If you liked the first three this is a MUST read, even if you hate Snow. Also I have a fear a snakes but pushed through because this book is GREAT! 55


Great book4 star

This was a great book! I was there in the moment the whole time. The people who didn’t read it because it is about snow are stupid and should read it. Second best hunger games book needed more emotion and unsatisfying ending even though it was deep. Also. Nyki -nyk your review was stupid u hater I want to say so many bad things about u but I can’t. 45


Violent and Depressing3 star

While the ending was satisfying the abuse and violence against children and people in general ruined it for me. Much much more graphic and horrible then the earlier books. Starving children and chaining them in a monkey cage is just too much for me. While it shows very well why Snow is how he is I think it could have been done without straight up child abuse. I also despise snakes so it was a tough read at times. Fans may love it, it was just too much suffering for my heart & soul. 35

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