The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games Prequel
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Length: 528 pages
First Published: 2020
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 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.
About Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins is a television writer and author. She worked on the television series Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, and is the author of The Underland Chronicles series and The Hunger Games series. She currently lives in Connecticut with her family. Visit the author’s website →