“A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins

Kylie recommends: A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Genre: Dystopian

Reading Level: YA

Summary: This is a prequel to The Hunger Games following President’s Snow origin story and the 10th Hunger Games.

Kylie says: This was a really interesting read. It was quite long and I was not really sure were it was going even though you know that Snow ends up as President Snow. I liked to see Snow’s backstory and how the war lead to the creation of the Hunger Games.

Snow throughout the book but especially at the end gave me psychopath, anti-hero, and vibes of Joe from You by Caroline Kepnes and June from Yellowface by R.F. Kuang. These stories are very deep to me and I like to see how their minds work even though they do terrible things, and you know as the reader that they are wrong but how they rationalize their perspective.

The ending was so good, I could not stop reading for the last like 20% of the book!

This title is available at Foster Public Library.