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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – Chapters 1 & 2

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.

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Chapters 1 & 2

I’ve always been the kind of reader who enjoys learning about the events that led to the creation of settings and characters that I love or love to hate. Coriolanus Snow and the world of Panem, the districts, and the Hunger Games are no exception. I’ll admit, as I learn about Snow’s life and his experiences during the uprising of the districts, I can’t help scratching my head.  I’ve read “The Hunger Games” trilogy multiple times and I’ve never pictured Snow as some 83-year-old man. But apparently that’s how Suzanne Collins has pictured him. I also did not picture Tigress as 80+ years old in Mocking Jay. However, I’m not far into the series, so perhaps it’s possible Snow’s cousin is not the same Tigress that helped Katniss, Gale, Peeta, and the last of their crew during the siege on the Capital.

Here’s what I’m thinking so far:

Coriolanus is a snob and despite all the terrible things he endured during the first uprising of the districts, he’s not a likable character. That being said, I am intrigued to learn more about how this young man turns into the despicable poisoner that was so threatened by a teenage girl from District 12.

If Coriolanus’s cousin is the same Tigress we met in the trilogy, then I am eager to discover what led to her obsession with cosmetic surgery and her falling out with him.

So far, I’ve only witnessed Lucy Gray Baird through her reaping, but I am so curious about the colorful, vibrant young girl who was chosen from District 12. However, I’ll admit that I hate knowing she will not survive the Hunger Games. I suppose a new reader to the series will have the privilege of not knowing that little fact. Nevertheless, I can’t help but find parallels between Lucy and Katniss, that may attribute to why Snow was wary of Katniss from the beginning. Based on the little I know so far, Lucy and Katniss are complete opposites. However, both have that something special about them that seems to captivate the viewers’ and essentially Snow’s attention.

Have you read the novel? Please don’t spoil anything, I’m hoping to finish it in the next day or two. But I would love to know what you guys think. Leave me a comment below.

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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