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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (the Hunger Games) (2020)

de Suzanne Collins (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) de Suzanne Collins (2020)

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Ich schwanke zwischen 3 und 4 Sternen... Der erste Teil während der Hungerspiele hat mir sehr gut gefallen, das hat mich wirklich gefesselt. Warum mir dann der Rest nicht so gut gefallen hat kann ich gar nicht so genau sagen. Zu viele Zufälle vielleicht? Wobei der Charakter von Coriolanus Snow sehr schön hervorgearbeitet wird. Er ist auch als junger Mann schon echt skrupellos... ( )
  Katzenkindliest | Apr 23, 2024 |
Since finished, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this one bit of dialogue that Sejanus gives Coriolanus when they're peacekeepers in district 12. Basically Sejanus goes 'I remember that about you. How in school, you’d watch people and pretend you're not watching then choose when to involve yourself.' Paraphrasing, not a direct quote. I've tried putting it into words but end up waffling each time.

Think it's b/c of the book being told from Snow's perspective that I got as much whiplash from it. Cause throughout the book, it's shown that Coriolanus doesn't give much thought to those around him unless they can be of use to him. He thinks of people akin to pawns. Furthermore, the facade that he uses as a sort of armor isn't fail proof. There's too many cracks in it to the point it's more porcelain than chainmail. And it reminds me, the reader, that I don't truly know anything about Sejanus other than what Snow has given me. And he's never been the most reliable narrator, not even in the original trilogy.

Could possibly parallel that of the future version of him & Coin, where he focuses so much on Katniss that he doesn't see that Coin is using Katniss as a misdirect. That he focused so much on Lucy Gray that he missed Sejanus. But thinking all this, I feel just as paranoid as he does at that moment. Cause not everything in this book is directly correlated to Katniss. Granted this has probably been hashed out seeing how late to game I am. Or it some captain obvious shit.

All that said, I think Collin’s did a marvelous job interweaving elements from the original trilogy into this story while making it a separate story. ( )
  Wybie | Apr 22, 2024 |
First sentence: Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again.

ETA: I just reread The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes after watching the movie adaptation--twice. The movie (obviously) resonated with me. It helped in the reread that I knew exactly what was coming in regards to the end. Though to be fair the end is ambiguous both in the book and film. There are definitely differences between the book and film. I highlighted--digitally--some scenes that were different. One thing that stands out, for example, is that Sejanus asks Coriolanus to TRADE tributes. Lucy Snow definitely comes across more as a possession, an asset, an object than a love interest. There are a million and one red flags...not only in his relationship with Lucy Snow but also with his non-friend-friend Sejanus. There are MORE characters in the book than there are in the film.

My original review:

Premise/plot: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a prequel (of sorts) to Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. The protagonist (he is not a hero) is a young (very young) Coriolanus Snow. He comes from a previously wealthy (high class) family that has fallen (hard and fast) on hard times. His only hope of a better life--a more prosperous future--is a scholarship to university. And that may be completely out of his control. Twenty-four students will become mentors to the twenty-four tributes coming to the Capital for this year's Hunger Games. (It's the TENTH hunger games.) The victor's mentor will receive a scholarship. The Hunger Games are still relatively new. Those viewing (and participating) still remember the hard, bitter, horrifying, traumatic times of actual war. Capital's economy certainly hasn't recovered from the actual war. (There is nothing lavish and luxurious as readers (and viewers) may remember from the original trilogy of books.) The Hunger Games are still in their infancy, still being shaped and formed by master minds. (People like Dr. Gaul...and her students...)

Coriolanus's tribute is from district twelve. Her name is Lucy Gray Baird. She's a singer with charisma, a bit of star quality. She has a little something special that makes her stand out from others. He sees this as her greatest strength. Perhaps the two of them can manipulate things along--here and there--and with a little luck she may win it all. Hooray for his bright future....

But things don't always go according to plan...even when they seem to... It seems there's always someone watching just a smidge cleverer.

Readers also meet his classmates. In particular Sejanus Plinth who is essentially "new money." His family has the funds but they are new to Capital. Sejanus still thinks of himself as belonging to District 2 and being one of the people. Which makes things super tricky when he has to participate (as a mentor) in the Hunger Games. He feels one with the tributes--whether they see him as one of them or not. He cannot accept that these tributes are animals, monsters, incapable of thought and feeling. There is no "us" and "them."

Throughout the book, Coriolanus struggles with his ambitions and his conscience. You might think of the old imagery of an angel on one side and a devil on the other.

My thoughts: I don't feel like my time has been completely wasted. It hasn't. I just wish the book had been shorter. I really don't understand *why* the part after the conclusion of the Hunger Games had to go on so long. The first half of the novel was compelling enough. It was interesting to see the great contrast between these primitive earlier Hunger Games and the later Games which are depicted in the trilogy. Worlds of difference between Capital then and now, between the Games then and now. I liked how Coriolanus and Sejanus both--in their own ways--disapproved of how the tributes were being treated. There are moments when Snow comes across as well--human.

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I almost wish that Lucy Gray had lost in the games OR been murdered by the powers that be soon after. I really HATED how that story resolved. I think Snow could still have turned all dark side and evil as a result of someone else killing Lucy (the supposed love of his life). Their scenes together reminded me of the DARK and DEPRESSING scenes of Oliver Twist. (The murder of Nancy). ( )
  blbooks | Apr 11, 2024 |
AS much as I loved The Hunger Games trilogy"," this one was disappointing. The ending was anti-climactic and underwhelming. ( )
  vickiv | Apr 2, 2024 |
It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. It was just "meh."

Snow wasn't likable... actually, none of the characters were. I did like the ending though, although the transition from love to hunt felt sudden and abrupt.

Fitting ending, I think. ( )
  selsha | Mar 10, 2024 |
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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.

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