Reviews & Ramblings

Review & Ramblings: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Published by Scholastic Australia

Wow. I had high expectations coming in to this book, and I wasn’t dissappointed. Collins writes so well that Panem feels like home. I never expected to feel something other than hatred for Snow, but here I am, feeling sad for him. For his life.

This book is a stark reminder of what a dystopian society looks like. Of what a world looks like when people aren’t united or working for a better world for the goodness of the people. Some of it is hard to read, the brutality and the deaths. But it is impactful and I think that is the point.

I enjoyed every page of this view into Panem in its early stages. Of seeing how The Hunger Games progressed into what we have come to see in Collins later books. How technology and ideas of teenagers made it what we know. That doesn’t make it any less horrific.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was a fantastic prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy. It gave the reader some background to the games, the how and why. It showed us that the villain at its epicenter used to be a sweet, kind boy with huge ambitions. It shows what happens when you are surrounded by people with dark motives and you must do what you can to survive.

As always, Collins writing is amazing. She has a way of drawing you in, transporting you to the districts or Capitol. Her writing flows across the page, keeping the pages turning easily. A great read.

Thank you to the team at Scholastic Australia for sending me out a review copy of this title.

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