Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins - ESSENTIAL

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) by Suzanne Collins, 528 pages. Scholastic, 2020. $28

Language: G (0  swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13 (deaths same as other Hunger Games novels)



Coriolanus Snow, his grandmother, and his cousin are barely surviving in their penthouse apartment of prominence in the heart of The Capitol. Coriolanus has been chosen to be a student mentor of one of the tributes at the 10thHunger Games. He hopes to make a name for himself and win a scholarship to the university – otherwise he has no chance to remain with the cream of The Capitol. However, he has been assigned the girl from District 12 – usually to be considered fodder for the others.  It will take a miracle for her to survive even the first day.

I am ever so glad Collins waited so long for another Hunger Games book.  I didn’t; think I wanted this book – who wants to have sympathy for President Snow for heavens sake.  But Collins lays out Snow’s strengths and weaknesses and deftly shows how his weaknesses and insecurities overcome any penchant he might have had to be more understanding or kinder. I listened to the audiobook – twice!

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

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