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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

(The Hunger Games #0)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  7,682 ratings  ·  447 reviews
Ambition will fuel him.
Competition will drive him.
But power has its price.

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
Kindle Edition, 540 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by Scholastic Press
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
So apparently this is about President Snow...

“A teen born to privilege but searching for something more, a far cry from the man we know he will become. Here he’s friendly. He’s charming. For now he’s a hero.”

Jun 17, 2019 marked it as desperate-to-read
Shelves: to-buy
*whispers softly*: fuck
Chaima ✨ شيماء
hi hello, excuse me as I temporarily switch back to my former occupation as a Hunger Games enthusiast *pulls out all my merch from the closet*
Jun 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
I really really really don't care about Snow's life.
I feel an old obsession coming back to life...
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as future-tbr
Cover and Title Reveal!!!

Hi, hello, excuse me, what is this? What's going on? Is this the next book that we didn't even know that we needed?

Cardan Greenbriar
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.

uhum excuse me sorrryyy
HOLIEEEEE SHITTTwhaaattttttt?!!sfbkjsdks

Deeep in the meeaaadow, under the wiiillow, you'll find meee, choking Coriolanus Snowww

P.s. Snow's name sounds like a scientific name of a harmful bacteria often found on shit

Peeta: This saucepan, real or not real?
Katniss: Real
Peeta: Our children, real or not
✨    jamieson   ✨
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
may the odds of getting an arc of this be [and i cannot stress this enough] ever in your favour
✨ A ✨
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-release
All I'm saying is this book better not try to make me feel sorry for President Snow or I'll riot.

Yes, I'm still going to read it and it will be interesting to know more about Snow but I'm tired of authors taking characters we hate and giving them redemption plots. Let me hate them in peace thank you. I guess i'll just have to wait and see.

...Also she could have chosen to write about Haymitch. i feel cheated.
it's starting to feel so real I need 2019 to
Mary S. R.
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
UPDATE, 05 OCT: the Hunger Games prequel has a NAME & COVER
Who else is dying for that snake? It's UNREAL...and I have zero clues what it's referring to.

UPDATE, 28 JUN: well, that was quick...they are already planning the movie! I mean, there's not even a cover yet?

Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group (which adapted The Hunger Games) said, “As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
Me: I'm tired of authors writing unnecessary side-books to further cash in on their series

Suzanne Collins: I'm writing a prequel to the Hunger Games


Elise (TheBookishActress)
this announcement absolutely changed me as a person
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
When you patiently wait for this book too long and you find out this book's plot is about: President Snow's early times:
What's this???

Irrefutable proof that dreams really do come true, that's what.

Thank you, Goddess, Suzanne Collins!

Thank you.
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: reviewed
[10/04/19] - We have been blessed with a cover and a title! Not a fan of the title but the cover is gorgeous!


Me when ARCs are being sent out:

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Not sure I liked this excerpt or the idea of redeeming a monster. Still, hope dies last...
Never expected this one to happen...
The Burning Rose (Jess)
Jan 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
Wait, what the fuck?
Raeleen Lemay
still excited for this but dang that's a bad cover/title
*pterodactyl scream into the void*
Jun 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
I feel like I'm 14 again
Sep 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
Edit: I didn't expect this to be about President Snow!!! As a mentor!!! To a district 12 tribute!!! Whaaat?
Why does this book already have over 4000 ratings??
And yeah, okay, I can somewhat understand people giving it 5 stars in advance because they believe in Suzanne Collins that much, but what's with everyone else?
Do they just sit with their crystal ball and go like "Hmmm, I think this is going to be a 3 star read"??

Me confused.
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Oct 04, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Can't believe I'm going to be reading a new Hunger Games book in the year of our lord 2020. High school me is shaking.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I cried when I heard the news that this was happening. I am not over this series. I will never be over this series.
Charlotte May
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
OMFG! What?!? This is the prequel I didn’t know I needed until now ...more
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
And once again I can't help but ask myself if I'm living under a rock or behind the moon!
How come I didn't know this is a thing?

A prequel of "The Hunger Games" is the last thing I would have expected!
Still, it sounds pretty intriguing and I'm definitely going to read this.
I always wondered what happened before the Hungergames started and I'm more than just ready to find out.

2020 though... >_<
Jan 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
so apparently this is gonna be about young president snow???? i just went from SUPER EXCITED to most likely never gonna read it. disappointed and underwhelmed
♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡ (semi-hiatus)
I’m not a huge fan of the title but yeah, I can’t wait to read it!!! Highly hope that I’ll like this book as much as the first three ones!

P.S. Before it releases next year, I guess I have time to reread the hunger games trilogy for about 5 times at least.
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
22.01.2020 update:

It would appear that the prequel is about President Snow when he was young....

..what is this nonsense? There were so many great characters that this could've been about, but no...I'm still gonna read it, but my expectations are getting lower and lower.

First updates:



Jun 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
while everyone is being thrown back to their childhood reading experiences or are feeling like a brand new person after knowing this is happening, i'll be in the corner sipping my fourth cup of coffee while i contemplate the fact that i still have not read the hunger games trilogy and cannot jump on the hype train for this as i have never been a Hunger Games enthusiast
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Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little

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