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[Review] The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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I am a huge fan of 'The Hunger Games' series so when I heard that there would be a prequel I could not wait to go back to Panem. I literally sat at my front door waiting for the postman to bring my copy!

Starting during the morning of the reaping for the 10th Hunger Games we are transported to the world of Coriolanus Snow when he is a student in a Capitol still recovering from war and poverty.

One of the first mentors of The Hunger Games, we watch Coriolanus's relationship with his tribute Lucy Grey from the lowly district 12, the other mentors and the Game Makers. Will Coriolanus stick to the rules or will he do whatever it takes to bring the mighty House of Snow back to where he feels it belongs?

I loved the references to characters we have met before, some of the districts folk songs, Mockingjay's and the Capitols history that we learn more about. We get an insight into how The Hunger Games become what they are during Katniss Everdeen's era & why Snow becomes the person he does.

If you loved the trilogy, you will enjoy this book. It's a whooper at 528 pages but I read it in about a week, I could not put it down. Available on the Suffolk Libraries eLibrary Overdrive and Borrowbox.

This review is by Emma Maguire from Haverhill Library.

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