Happy book birthday to The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins! I know we’ve all been anxiously waiting for this one, not because we have any desire to like President Snow, but rather more because it’s the first Hunger Games world novel to come out since the titular series. I, for one, can’t wait to see where it goes.

Two guesses who the snake is.

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the  ballad of songbirds and snakesIt is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th 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 out charm, 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 favor 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.

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