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The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) Hardcover – 19 May 2020

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Praise for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: #1 USA Today Bestseller#1 New York Times BestsellerThe Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes delivers a mesmerizing look into the life of Coriolanus Snow and the root causes of his villainous behavior. Collins once again proves that she is a master of building a fascinating world around complex characters who must grapple with the complications of chaos and control and their effects on human nature. -- The Associated PressIt is a steep challenge to write a book whose hero is, everyone knows, destined to become deeply evil. Do we want to hear -- now, after we know the endgame -- that the young Voldemort was unfairly saddled with a demerit in class or that the adolescent Sauron fretted because he had to wear hand-me-down clothes? Yes, please. -- New York TimesFor true fans of The Hunger Games, Collins shines most as she weaves in tantalizing details that lend depth to the gruesome world she created in the original series and Coriolanus's place in its history. -- TimeThe Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is your apocalyptic escape from our current apocalypse. -- VoxIt's the pull between Coryo's head and heart -- and the realization that he actually has a beating heart, not just a rose-scented lump of coal -- that makes the future President Snow very worthy of a 517-page prequel. -- Washington Post[B]y introducing a new cast of teenagers, Collins is able to raise questions about privilege, the uses of violence, and the futility of war. -- PeopleCollins's themes of friendship, betrayal, authority and oppression, as well as the extra layers of lore about mockingjays and Capitol's history, will please and thrill. -- MSNThe Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes describes how most lives are actually lived, the consequences of countless small choices that ultimately amount to a big one: not just how to feel but who to be. -- SlateCollins reminds readers that even the most horrible people may have at one point done the right thing, but that doesn't make them any less despicable or less worth overthrowing. -- Polygon* Both a tense, character-driven piece and a cautionary tale.... The twists and heartbreaks captivate despite tragic inevitabilities. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewA gripping mix of whipsaw plot twists and propulsive writing make this story's complex issues -- vulnerability and abuse, personal responsibility, and institutionalized power dynamics -- vivid and personal. -- Publishers WeeklyPraise for The Hunger Games: I couldn't stop reading. -- Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly The Hunger Games is amazing. -- Stephenie MeyerBrilliantly plotted and perfectly paced. -- John Green, New York Times Book Review Praise for Catching Fire: Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power. -- Time Magazine Collins expertly blends fantasy, romance and political intrigue. -- People Magazine Praise for Mockingjay: Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire. -- Entertainment Weekly Suspenseful... Collins' fans, grown-ups included, will race to the end. -- USA Today At its best the trilogy channels the political passion of 1984, the memorable violence of A Clockwork Orange, the imaginative ambience of The Chronicles of Narnia and the detailed inventiveness of Harry Potter. -- New York Times Book ReviewUnfolding in Collins' engaging, intelligent prose and assembled into chapters that end with didn't-see-that-coming cliffhangers, this finale is every bit the pressure cooker of its forebears. [Mockingjay] is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought-provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow. -- Los Angeles Times* This concluding volume in Collins's Hunger Games trilogy accomplishes a rare feat, the last installment being the best yet, a beautifully orchestrated and intelligent novel that succeeds on every level. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

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<DIV>Suzanne Collins is the author of the groundbreaking Hunger Games trilogy for young adults: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. She is also the author of the picture book Year of the Jungle, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series for middle-grade readers, which started with Gregor the Overlander. Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut. You can find her online at</DIV>

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scholastic Press (19 May 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 624 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1338635174
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1338635171
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 - 17 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.99 x 4.32 x 21.08 cm
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