The Ballad of Songbird and Snakes Review

Posted: June 26, 2020 in Creative WRiting
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I didn’t want to dislike this book — I want to go into this particular review saying that. There were even parts of it that I really enjoyed. Seeing how the Hunger Games were built up? Amazing.

Seeing it through Snow’s eyes?

Barf.

I guess I should backtrack with my review; I picked up my copy of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes on the night that it came out. I’m a huge fan of The Hunger Games, so I was ready and rearing to read this particular novel the second that it was released. I finished it within a few days of getting it… but I was sad that it wasn’t good enough for me to finish in one sitting.

I can’t begin to tell you how disappointing it was that I didn’t want to finish it in one sitting. After I got through about… 30% of it, I didn’t even want to pick it back up. I actually read something else between that initial burst of reading and then picking it back up to finish it off.

The fact is, you can’t spend three books establishing a villain, letting me know how awful he is… and then expect me to really sympathize with him… especially when that sympathy isn’t even… really… earned? I don’t know. I’m trying to keep this review pretty spoiler free, so that people who haven’t read the book can still enjoy it.



I would still pick it up if I were you. It was an okay read, and it was interesting… it just isn’t something that I think I’ll read over and over again like I have The Hunger Game novels.

Overall, the highlights: The background story, the girl from district 12.
The Drawbacks: Snow? Snow. The romance. Uugh.

I gave the book a 3/5 stars on Goodreads, though I might have given it a 2.5 if I could have managed. Basically, it’s worth reading one for the great worldbuilding and for one particular character.

It’s not really worth reading again. Borrow this one from the library, if you can manage.




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