Suzanne Collins wrote a brilliant book called The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. It is a prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy. This is the story of how President Snow’s ruthlessness and cruelty was shaped. In this book he is known as Coriolanus and he was a pretty ok guy until he decided to let his ambition rule his heart and mind. Sorry if that was a spoiler for those of you who haven’t read the Hunger Games. Yes, the president is a bad guy…

The author skillfully wove in so many elements from her trilogy that explain so well why Snow hates certain thing so much. Also the thing about the roses really makes much more sense after reading this book. His humanity is displayed in how he was brought up and by the things he was taught at his school. It was disappointing that he chose not to be vulnerable and open to what could have been a great love story. But this simply is not the story of Snow and his legacy.

This book had a great ending and tied up neatly how evil was allowed to take deep root in Snow’s heart.

In the about the author section of this book, I discovered that she wrote a book called Year of the Jungle, a book based on the year her father was deployed in Vietnam. Even though it is a picture book, I plan to read it the next time I’m in the library. One is never to old for an occasional picture book! Especially if it is one by a brilliant author like Collins.

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