Book Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Before I picked up this book, I read a few contradictory reviews and wasn’t sure that I would read it. There were plenty of diverging opinions about whether or not the world really needed this book. In the end, I decided that as I had really enjoyed reading the Hunger Games Trilogy, I wanted to read another book set in the world of Panam. And in this dystopian time of Covid and other things, I could use a good dystopian novel.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is President Snow’s story, but it is also the story of the Hunger Games. I didn’t like the book as much as I enjoyed Katniss’s story for one primary reason: I love Katniss, I do not love President Snow.
That said, it can be a very interesting perspective to read a book about someone you don’t like. Often, when we read, we want to be the hero, we want to feel what they’re feeling, do what they’re doing, become our hero. Reading an anti-hero novel is more like a love to hate. I don’t think I would have enjoyed this book at all if I didn’t know that years later Katniss would come along and crush Snow under her iron hope, but because I did know that, I could stay with the story to the end.
Have you read The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes yet? What did you think?
If you haven’t read it, but did enjoy the Hunger Games, you may want to check out this prequel, however, I will say that it might not be for everyone.