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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Hunger Games Prequel)

Suzanne Collins

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Scholastic
20 May 2020
Children's & young adult: general non-fiction; Sci-Fi Alternate History; Dystopia; Young Adult; Abbey's Double Rewards; Nexus - Young Adult; Young Adult Science Fiction
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes revisits the world of Panem 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games.


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, 18-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 favour 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.



On returning to the world of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins says: "With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are and what we perceive is required for our survival. The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days - as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet - provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions, and thereby define their views of humanity."
By:   Suzanne Collins
Imprint:   Scholastic
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781743836811
ISBN 10:   1743836813
Series:   Hunger Games
Pages:   540
Publication Date:   20 May 2020
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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