In this prequel to her very popular Hunger Games books the author manages to weave a tale of friendship, betrayal and authority. She also explores the consequences decisions have, even the small ones. You will explore the history of the Capital and the mockingjays.

The core of this book revolves around Coriolanus Snow. You get to understand Snow and what shaped his life. You get to explore what he had to do to get to the top and claim power.

The book is set on the morning that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The odds are against him. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Snow starts to feel for his doomed tribute. He will need to decide if he follows his heart or head. Does he follow the rules or does he survive no matter what it takes? These are the choices he needs to make. Some of the decisions will have a devastating impact that will be felt for long time after he makes them.

I am not a fan of prequels but I decided to give the book a chance and I was pleasantly surprised and engrossed in the book and story. Whilst the tone is different to the other books, this did not disappoint. Although somewhat predictable I still enjoyed the story.

At 517 pages The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is not a quick read but If you are a fan of the Hunger games books like I am, then you will enjoy this book.