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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

(The Hunger Games #0)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  11,198 ratings  ·  478 reviews
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-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 out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to ...more
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 hes friendly. Hes charming. For now hes 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...
Cardan Greenbriar -- PLEASE STAY HOME AND SAFE
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.

*intense screaming intensifies*
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
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?

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:
✨ 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.
✨    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
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


Mary S. R.
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
UPDATE, 05 OCT: the Hunger Games prequel has a NAME & COVER
Elise (TheBookishActress)
this announcement absolutely changed me as a person
The Burning Rose (Jess)
Jan 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
Wait, what the fuck?
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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Update 3/29/20: PREORDER PLACED!!!

Do I have time to binge The Hunger Games before this releases?

I'm gonna give it my best shot.


What's this???

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

Thank you, Goddess, Suzanne Collins!

Thank you.
Not sure I liked this excerpt or the idea of redeeming a monster. Still, hope dies last...
Never expected this one to happen...
Raeleen Lemay
still excited for this but dang that's a bad cover/title
Jun 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
The pre-release discourse on this book has been fascinating. I mean, I'm looking forward to this book, mostly because I'm an adult now, and upon my recent revisit of The Hunger Games (albeit by watching the movies, though I do plan on a re-read of the whole series this year) I've grown far more invested in the story and world. I didn't care for these books as a teen, but I was paralysed with overwhelming distress when I rewatched the movies; at the end of Catching Fire, I had cried so hard and ...more
Aug 06, 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.
*pterodactyl scream into the void*
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Jun 17, 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.
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
I feel like I'm 14 again
Sep 14, 2019 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
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 didnt 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... >_<
♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡
Jul 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-release
Im not a huge fan of the title but yeah, I cant wait to read it!!! Highly hope that Ill like this book as much as the first three ones! ...more
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:



Ayesha (The Fifth Marauder)
Me: *buys more books*
Family: stop! you don't have enough room
Me: you're right
Me: *buys more shelves*
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Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy writing for childrens 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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