Hunger Games: The ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Review
"Well, as they said. It's not over until the mockingjay sings."
The character that still have something to give.
When I first read the Hunger Games Series, I was interested in Katniss and her beloved Peeta. (Mind you, both women and men used this as a nickname for ages to go afterwards.) If you have not read the series and you want to, there are several ways to get them. I would recommend looking at Amazon or Apple books. Anyway, let's get to it, shall we?
President Snow or his real name Coriolanus (Yeah, I don't know how to pronounce it either.) is a young, ambitious student in a much darker and colder era than Katniss. Yes, it is actually darker this time. As a reader, we get to experience more lore and details about how the Dark War affected the people and how they survived it. Cannibalism is one way apparently. Snow is studying at the University and he gets the incredible honor of becoming a mentor for one of the participants in the games. (I will not tell who it is.) We follow Snow's journey where his moral and everything about the Games is questioned over and over again. As a character, he actually seems quite sympathetic, but since it's Snow, the reader will be motivated to know what actually drove him to become the character that he is in the so called future series. The reader will see big differences, one of them being how the technology is really bad, wonky and doesn't work in several times in the book. Another one will be how the participants are being treated, in contrast to the beautiful big sparkly show that is called Hunger Games, this tenth version of the Hunger Games got the participants trapped in cages and teased by their mentors. The participants barely get food and they barely have energy to fight in the games, so much that other characters are questioning the games as well.
Then why the Hunger Games?
This is actually one question that keeps going over and over again in the book. The reader gets tricked to cheer for Snow and his participant, not because Snow is a good hero but because he is actually in many ways likeable. He dreams of love, he dreams of also breaking free from the Capitol and finding other ways in the fictional world of Suzanne Collins. Get ready to question a lot of things and then more and more understand the way of the Hunger Games, the mentors, the students and participants.
This book is worth sitting down and discuss with people and fans of the series. It takes up moral questions and for being a young adult novel, it still takes up very interesting perspectives and dilemmas. It might not be a book club topic but it still gives more insights about the Hunger Games for the fans of the series.