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

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

By Suzanne Collins

  • Release Date: 2020-05-19
  • Genre: Dystopian
Score: 4.5
From 1,830 Ratings


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.



  • Pretty good.

    By Llama_11
    I was super exited. This book was highly anticipated by me. And it didn’t really disappoint. You might be wondering, “Why four stars?” The answer is, I really liked it, but not as good characters/character development. Snow was as expected, but I kept getting some characters confused. Some of the plot got jumbled in my brain. That’s just me though. Overall, a really good book, and would highly recommend.
  • Better then expected

    By Pisssed Odd
    I didn’t think this book would be very good ngl but it showed what made snow the way he is and how he got so evil and I wouldn’t spoil it but he went throw his own struggles before he became a dictator and had everything handed to him on a silver dish which idk about you but I didn’t expect that
  • Unexpected and Compelling

    By Lady Old Soul
    Taking the time to illustrate the history of what drives Snow, this book is quite a fine maze of plots and subplots. The pacing is such that I couldn’t put it down! While it doesn’t quite leave you feeling a kinship with the young ruler-to-be, it does help to understand his motivations, such as they are. I enjoyed this read immensely!
  • Decent read

    By Bukkurīdā
    The book overall was alright. I really wanted to like the different take on how the “Hunger Games” were presented in this but it fell slightly short. For me, the character development doesn’t really match expectations and at certain points feels extremely forced. Characters who were previously presented as heartless and coldblooded aren’t given experiences that would match up to who they become. While there are some very heart wrenching scenes in this book it wasn’t enough to keep me wanting more. I did however enjoy the origins of certain songs that were in the original trilogy. Additionally, the use of a certain bird upon Snows third murder was by far the best part of the book. This is worth the read if you enjoyed the original trilogy but just don’t set your expectations too high.
  • Must Read

    By JasQ09
    Gripping from beginning to end. If your a Hunger Games fan this book does not disappoint!
  • Really really really good book

    By GB11232007
    I love the hunger games like soo kuch and when I read this one I was shocked cuz this book shows how Coriolanus was nice at first but then he turned evil. SPOILER ALERT: I think that Lucy gray is katniss grandmother because like only she and the covey knew the hanging tree song. Also where did Lucy gray go?? Did she die or like disappear?? Also y would she want to make Coriolanus get in trouble? A lot of my questions were left unanswered but like it was still very mysterious at the end and emotional. The songs in this book are also amazing!! Loved it.
  • Not what I Expected

    By yooper_
    Interesting idea but the plot was too long and things seemed to fit weirdly together.
  • One of my new favorite books

    By Facegram
    This book isn’t what I expected it to be at all and I am very glad it isn’t. The author did an amazing job tying in all the different elements from the hunger games book to the prequel.
  • Huge hunger games fan

    By heyheyhey2006
    So I’m just going to say that I came into this without very high standards. And I don’t mean this to say I thought Suzanne isn’t an amazing writer because she is, I just was a little worried it would be one of those sob stories where you are supposed to feel bad for a psychopath murderer. But it was more like an adventure into Snows twisted mind. And at times it really messed with me where I began to feel like I was him. Something I can say that I really appreciate was the way she wrote his thought process. He was shrewd, calculated and seemingly had no moral compass. And she didn’t try to hide that or sugarcoat it. He was a bad person putting up the facade of being innocent, benevolent and an advocate. But only when it benefited him. Lastly I really really hope to see more content released, specifically the backstory of Haymitch Abernathy and his personal experience in the games. I want to know more about him, given he was such a major character. And maybe even a spin-off of Gale Hawthornes backstory and then his new life in district two
  • Twists and Turns

    By savgal122211
    I loved this book. It left me hoping for more about Snow. The way that Collins embeds little pieces of the Hunger Games story really makes for a rich read. I hope she writes more!