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

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

Written By Suzanne Collins

Readers Score: 4.5/5
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Rated by 266 Readers

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

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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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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) is a Dystopian book, written By Suzanne Collins. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 266 Readers who strongly recommends this book.


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  • Classic Suzanne Collins! Phenomal

    5
    By kaykaybean13
    Coraliabus Snow is a young boy still in the Academy, last year in the Capital and it is the beginning of the Hunger Games even the Capital sought to get the Districts more involved by having the students mentor and brainstorm ways for the citizens to become invested in the games almost like a sport or competition. Snow lives with his Grandmother and Cousin and he’s lost both his parents due to the rebellion of the districts for 8 years the Capital fought to regain control and finally they did and to remind citizens in districts of that they’ve created Hunger Games where 1 boy and 1 gurl from the 12 districts are chosen randomly to fight and murder their way to winning the games. Snow makes several critical suggestions regarding the games such as having people from the Capital bet on certain tributes and to send them gifts and food while inside the arena. He also falls in love his mentor a girl named Lucy Gray Baird. He helps her by giving her poison and letting modified snakes killers- smell her scent so she isn’t poisoned inside the arena- she wins but he’s caught by Capital and main Game Keeper, Dr Hale who everyone is convinced is a sociopath. She finds harsher crueler ways to torture and kill humans kids animals by texting them in her lab. She eventually grows fond of Snow and his ideals. Due to cheating he is sent to be a Peacekeeper he chose Distict 12 where Lucy is from. All things go really bad and he is forced to report his best friend to authorities, kill Lucy’s ex bf and his new GF, the mayors daughter. When Lucy asks him to run away with hi he accepts. On their trip she realizes he killed his BF by reporting him to authorities and she goes rogue trying to kill him. He shoots her and runs back to the barrack and following day he’s sent to the INTELLIGENT MILITARY ACHOOL YOUNGEST IN HIS CLASS IN DISTRICY 2 a great one. On way there train stops at Capital tells him to report to the Academy. He does and his old Game Keeper Dr Hale is awaiting him. She tells him that his banishment to Peacekeeper academy and barracks was just a test- he is going to the University and to be working directly her. He then becomes so close to his DEAD BF rich parents that they essentially adopt him and give him unlimited access to money in which he spends extravagantly reliving the days in which SNOWS LAND ON TOP- a phrase Tigris, his cousin and he said when things were bleak and they were starving and poor after the war and what his parents and grandmother had ingrained in their heads. He eventually becomes extremely successful with the HUNGER GAMES at the university and has all the money he can need. This is the life and childhood of President SNOW who screwed woth Katniss and Peeta- he was a sociopath then and the readers have a real inside perspective to his childhood, how twisted and detached he was towRds other human beings and how he genuinely believed humans are more evil and animalistic barbaric than they are innately good- he doesn’t realize he’s using himself as that model- not humanity as a whole. So it is he and Dr Hale who substantially created a horrific, inhumane and torturous GAME out of the “REAPINGS” and forced the citizens everywhere to watch it or they’d be arrested. They made an exorbitant fortune off the backs of dead children and took great pleasure in what they deemed imaginative and entertaining games and justified the gruesome murderous deaths of children as an imperative necessity for control or chaos and conflict would result in their demise as a species and citizens of Panem. WELL WELL DONE!
  • a little slow but amazing ending.

    4
    By DrearyDiamond44
    i really liked this book! i thought the beginning was a bit slow though, i would’ve liked the games to start off sooner & drag on maybe a bit longer, but i loved this book. i agree, it was somewhat difficult to finish, especially since Snow had a lot of conflicting feelings & i’m still not sure if i like him.
  • Amazjng

    5
    By HoneyFe_Kilic
    this was literally so good. i love the series and have been counting down the days for this to come out. not disappointed. at. ALL. just as good as the other books. in love with this book and the series.

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  • a little slow but amazing ending.

    4
    By DrearyDiamond44
    i really liked this book! i thought the beginning was a bit slow though, i would’ve liked the games to start off sooner & drag on maybe a bit longer, but i loved this book. i agree, it was somewhat difficult to finish, especially since Snow had a lot of conflicting feelings & i’m still not sure if i like him.
  • Amazjng

    5
    By HoneyFe_Kilic
    this was literally so good. i love the series and have been counting down the days for this to come out. not disappointed. at. ALL. just as good as the other books. in love with this book and the series.
  • Please do Haymitch

    4
    By The_Flash13279
    I have thought about how interesting Haymitches’ character was when I found out he went against 47 different tributes. Matter of fact he’s probably my 2nd favorite character. I REALLY want a book on him. But still super excited to read this! 😁 (4 stars cuz I haven’t read it yet but I think it’ll be great!)
  • I would give it 50 if I could.

    5
    By rmr2.0
    I was excited for this book for months before it came out, and I’m not in any way disappointed.
  • I’m soooooo exited to read

    5
    By susan collins fan
    Omg the seconde I heard it was out I bought it can’t wait to start reading!!! I won’t be surprised if it’s the best books ever existed!!! Ok I wrote enough now I’m gonna go read it!!!!!
  • Long winded and boring

    2
    By mtcjj
    I was excited to read this book. However, I struggled to finish it. I found it dragged in parts and was overly a long and boring read.
  • Wow

    5
    By miss boddy
    I LUV this book. I can’t wait for the movie and I just love the series and I’m a crazy super excited fan.
  • A look into the early days of Panem

    5
    By solarkissx
    Suzanne Collins has seamlessly given us not only a glimpse into the Dark Days of the war, but early post-war Panem and how the country attempted to keep hold of its citizens. Without going deep into spoilers, the treatment of the tributes in the 10th games, the ruthlessness of Dr. Gaul, and of course Coriolanus’ own moral dilemmas, were all amazing facets of this book. I loved a peek into a Panem where citizens of the Capitol were poor and hungry. What a trip. 10/10 will read again. I hope to see more in the hunger games universe, maybe some short stories.
  • Not what I was hoping

    2
    By Primrose Lives
    Spoilers Ahead This book did not precede my expectations. Snow is not a very likable character towards the end, which makes it hard to keep on reading till the end. This book also does not explain things further that happened in the original trilogy. It never explains how Snow became president, and why Tigris is separated from him. One thing that really bothered me, was WHAT HAPPENED TO LUCY GRAY!!!! However, it does explain Snows hatred for mockingjays, which becomes Katniss’ symbol later on. It also explains the nature behind the song, “The Hanging Tree,” and the lullaby, “Deep in the Meadow,” is included. Katniss plants are mentioned and ironically are the plants that give Lucy Gray her cover story for leaving Snow. Towards the end of the book, Snow becomes a more hateful person. He BETRAYS HIS BEST FRIEND, which causes his friend to be hanged. He also killed four people. The first time was for self defense, and Snow felt horrible after that one. But the second death he thought was easier than the first. The third death results in betraying his friend. The last death is to get back at someone for holding a grudge. REALLY!