Here in this book, we see the rise of a young man who would eventually become President Snow in the Hunger Games trilogy.
A fresh perspective, I thoroughly enjoyed getting into Snow's head and seeing how he thinks, how he rationalizes, and how he views both the districts and the Capitol. Also, seeing the crossovers between this book and the Hunger Games trilogy was like finding that final missing puzzle piece that reveals the whole picture of Snow's dislike for Katniss, his disbelief in love, and his persistent desire for chaos control.
A must read for fans of the Hunger Games!
This captivating prequel to the original trilogy dives deep into the mysterious mind of Coriolanus Snow, future president of Panem. Throughout the novel you can see his mind delve further into a murderous and twisted state, little hints towards his true sadistic nature. While it’s told through his POV, we see a development of the Games into the more modern ones shown in The Hunger Games. Through love and deceit, wit and bravery, I rooted for Snow to become the protagonist I wished he was, even until the very end when I finished the book at 11pm and had to set it far away lest I scribble the last few chapters out and pretend like I never read them (But like I always say, production of raw emotions is a sign of true writing talent).
Ambition will fuel him.Competition will drive him.But power has its price.It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-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 outcharm, 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.
About the Author
Suzanne Collins is the author of the bestselling Underland Chronicles series, which started with Gregor the Overlander. Her groundbreaking young adult novels, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, were New York Times bestsellers, received wide praise, and were the basis for four popular films. She returned to the world of Panem with The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Year of the Jungle, her picture book based on the year her father was deployed in Vietnam, was published in 2013 to great critical acclaim. To date, her books have been published in fifty-three languages around the world.