The prequel came ten years after the author ended the Hunger Games series with MockingJay. The prequel sold a bit higher than Mockingjay when it was released in 2010 (more than 450,000 first week sales). Overall, the series has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, which has spawned a billion dollar movie franchise.
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Here is the goodreads synopsis of The Ballad of Songsbirds and Snakes:
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.
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