A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins ~ Book Review

  Hello everyone! How are you this fine day? This book has been getting plenty of mixed reviews so I thought I should put my own views out into the world! Have you read it yet?

Synopsis (via Goodreads): It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, 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.
 

OVERALL THOUGHTS
I think this story is enjoyable for what it is. I mainly read for pleasure more than for critical thinking and it was a fun story but the pacing did bother me because it was very up and down. There were a lot of little easter eggs intended for the fans of the original trilogy and you could somewhat see where President Snow got his cruelness from. It wasn't a horrible plot, I just think it could have been done a bit better at some points. Overall, though, I had fun with it. 

OTHER THOUGHTS

I saw a youtube video where someone described the political commentary in the book and I thought it was fascinating. She mentioned so many things I learned in my Civics class and after watching her video I liked the book a bit more than before. Link for the Video

What are your thoughts? Are you more critical or read more for pleasure? Happy Reading!
So long,
~D.

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