The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: by Suzanne Collins

Zoey Holmquist-Kuhn, Writer

Coriolanus Snow, future president of Panem is not having the best life. Both his parents died during the war and left him to live with his grandmother and cousin in a penthouse apartment in the center of The Capitol. The Snows have fallen on tough times, as many Capitol families after the war, though no one but his inner circle of friends must know this. As the tenth Hunger Games approaches, (a sporting event where children must fight to the death) Coriolanus is preparing to be a mentor for the very first time. He starts out with little hope for his tribute’s success but as he begins to fall for the girl he is mentoring, tables begin to turn. Will Coriolanus remember that Snow must always land on top. 

This thrilling story is a perfect addition to the Hunger Games series. With the background knowledge of the earlier stories, readers can easily relate to the characters and overall theme of the story. Though it is advised, it isn’t necessary to read the other books to enjoy this one. Depending on if they read the other books first, readers can have entirely different experiences reading this book. The characters will keep you hooked and the plot changes will provide perfect changes of pace. The attitudes and personalities of the main characters are carefully planned and perfectly portrayed to create fictional characters with relatable aspects. Suzanne Collins has again created a masterpiece that will connect with many and enthrall all.