New Book Tuesday Spotlight: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Hello readers!

It’s here!

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Last year’s big announcement was that Suzanne Collins was returning to the world of Panem for a Hunger Games prequel–and that was all we knew about it for a very long time. There was speculation that it would be the First Hunger Games, or the 25th (the first of the big quarterly ones), or that it would be the war that ended in the creation of the Hunger Games. There were theories that it would focus on Mags, from the Fourth District, or Haymitch, Katniss’ fearless mentor.

I don’t know how many people speculated that it would be about President Snow, but I would not have put my money on that.

But here we are, May 19th, and the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the newest installment in the Hunger Games series is, indeed, about President Coriolanus Snow–when he was an ambitious teenager looking to make his mark on the Games.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

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.

With Suzanne Collins’ history of writing unflinching deep dives into society, media, and control (if you just thought the Hunger Games were about Team Gale vs. Team Peeta, I recommend a reread), this newest venture is sure to be an interesting look at power and how it corrupts. With a new focus on the Capitol and the behind-the-scenes of the Games, we’re bound to find new facets and perspectives and insights into how the world of Panem works–or how it doesn’t–and see a refraction of our own society in this broken mirror.

I, for one, can’t wait to see what it looks like.

(And I’m sure I’ll write up a real review of it as soon as I get my hot little hands on it.)

What are you most excited for in Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes?


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