“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” is a dystopian novel by Suzanne Collins. It serves as a prequel to the original Hunger Games trilogy and is set in the same fictional world of Panem. The book explores the early years of the Hunger Games and provides insight into the origins of the Capitol and the events that led to the brutal competition.
The story follows the character of Coriolanus Snow, who later becomes the tyrannical President Snow, as a young and ambitious teenager. He is chosen to be a mentor for the tributes in the 10th Hunger Games. Throughout the novel, readers witness Coriolanus’s evolution from a charming and resourceful young man into the power-hungry figure he becomes in the original series.
“The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” delves into themes of morality, power, and the consequences of one’s choices. It provides a deeper understanding of the Hunger Games’ history and the complex nature of the characters involved.