The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes

I finally managed to lay my hands on this one, and while I feared it might turn out to be the quick cash grab that authors and publishers try and do time and time again, I found that this installment did have some punch to it. And while it wasn’t anything like the three Hunger Games books that made Suzanne Collins famous, it actually gave us a wealth of information concerning the earliest hunger games and how they came into being in the first place. 

Coriolanus Snow is of course portrayed as a hero in this novel, and his character is laudable for most of the book except only in the very end when circumstances conspire to change him. He is eighteen and in his senior year of high school when game makers decide to recruit mentors from among his classmates, and as chance would have it, he’s paired with a feisty though small girl named Lucy Gray. The main object is of course to make sure that Lucy becomes the survivor and winner, though as this goes, at first he is more interested only in grabbing the huge benefits that come with victory but as things later progress, he actually becomes so attached with his mentee.

For the most part, the book presented itself as being largely concerned with character study, and the actual hunger games events only occupy a small portion of it: which could be disappointing to many, and I wasn’t an exception. Also the story is long too, and with little happening in terms of action, it comes off as a slooow read. All in all however, it seems quite worth it in the end. A solid three stars from me!

An Older President Snow, toward the end of the trilogy

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