The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel to the best-selling YA series Hunger Games, wouldn't have Katniss Everdeen as its lead character. In a shocking turn of events, the lead character in this anticipating prequel will be none other than President Coriolanus Snow. He was the ruthless ruler of Panem and the antagonist in the Hunger Games novels. Now, readers would get to read about him in his youth.
The prequel is set 64 years before the first Hunger Games novel. You can read the full excerpt of The ballad of songbirds and snakes, which was provided to you by EW. Below is a portion of that excerpt. Happy reading and I bet a film adaptation to the prequel will happen.
The Ballad of Songsbirds and Snakes by Ms. Suzanne Collins
The grand staircase up to the Academy could hold the entire student body, so it easily accommodated the stream of officials, professors, and students headed for the reaping day festivities. Coriolanus climbed it slowly, attempting a casual dignity in case he caught anyone’s eye. People knew him—or at least they had known his parents and grandparents—and there was a certain standard expected of a Snow. This year, beginning this very day, he was hoping to achieve personal recognition as well. Mentoring in the Hunger Games was his final project before graduating from the Academy in midsummer. If he gave an impressive performance as a mentor, with his outstanding academic record, Coriolanus should be awarded a monetary prize substantial enough to cover his tuition at the University.
The Ballad of Songsbirds and Snakes by Ms. Suzanne Collins book will be available in bookstores and online on May 19,2020.
source material &Young Coriolanus Snow portrait is by EW
Book cover picture by Los Angeles Times