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First Chapter/First Paragraph – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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Today I am linking up with Socrates’ Book Reviews who hosts a meme every Tuesday to share the First Chapter/First Paragraph or two of the book you are currently reading.


First Chapter/First Paragraph

Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again. But this was not that day. He needed to eat a large bowl of the anemic stuff, and drink every drop of broth, to prevent his stomach from growling during the reaping ceremony. It was one of a long list of precautions he took to mask the fact that his family, despite residing in the penthouse of the Capitol’s most opulent apartment building, was as poor as district scum. That at eighteen, the heir to the once-great house of Snow had nothing to live on but his wits.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
by Suzanne Collins

Goodreads Synopsis

It 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.

Genre: Dystopia
Series: The Hunger Games, #0
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 5/19/2020
Pages: 520

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12 thoughts on “First Chapter/First Paragraph – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

    1. That is an excellent question! I also read and loved the original trilogy. This time around I chose to listen to the audio version so my experience is a bit different. I am about 35% in and am liking it. I am finding it very interesting to learn about Coriolanus Snow as a teenager and how he helped to shape the hunger games. I don’t think it has the same “feel”, but I think it is worth reading or listening to. I hope this helps 🙂

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  1. I hang my head in shame as I have read nothing by this author. But….I did see the movies!

    “France was falling. Burned-out cars, once strapped high with treasured possessions, were nosed crazily into ditches. Their beloved cargoes of dolls, clocks, and mirrors lay smashed around them and along mile upon mile of unfriendly road.” (A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell)

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