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​​For all of those who ‘’read’’ The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and hated it. Why did you read it? What did you expect? Did you even read the rest of the series or just watch the movies? The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is what this entire series has been about!

There, rant over, now let’s get started.

Collins took on a monumental task with this book. We have to be honest with ourselves here, we all hate Coriolanus Snow, the man has zero redeeming qualities! She has grabbed that challenge and left her audience looking for the Darth Vader moment (for those who don’t get the reference…I just don’t know where to begin). Collins’ job with this book is to make us like, or at the very least, feel sympathy for Snow. Then she has to explain what made him evil incarnate. Not an easy task.

I love how Collins takes her time to build characters and relationships, just like in The Hunger Games, we have to wait for the games to begin. She uses this time to develop her characters, create the bonds between them and also with the audience. The story is half over before the first shot of the games is fired. This time is needed to invest in the characters…I was invested.

In the end, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was a fun, yet unnecessary return to the world of Panem. I don’t think that there is any other character more worthy of a backstory from this than Snow. I just wish that Collins would have given me the Darth Vader moment I was looking for.

*4.5 Stars

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

(A Hunger Games Novel)

By Suzanne Collins