“As they say, war is misery, but its not without its charms…”
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-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 outcharm, 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.
As a fan of the Hunger Games series, I was really keen to read this prequel, to explore the land of Pandem before the Panem as we know it. I was also keen to know who Snow really was, what his life was like before he became the dictator that ruled Panem with an iron fist. Throughout the book, I felt the author captured him very well. From Snow’s emotions, his thinking, his inner struggles, his motivations – all explored very well. Lucy Gray was a character I loved and adored very much and her interaction with Snow (Coriolanus) was very clever. Her love for poetry added a nice touch to an overall very depressing story. The prequel demonstrated just how far the Hunger Games had come from its first inception. Whilst the concept is so barbaric even in modern day Panem, I was mortified to see how tributes were treated int his prequel, it was illustrated so well that I had an emotional reaction when I read of their treatment.
The book is written very well and well thought out. Some parts of it were slow but it does build up to a plot twist that kept me intrigued to the end. I was mesmerized, simultaneously horrified, in reading Snow’s backstory and I highly recommend this book to all Hunger Games fans – just don’t read it if you’re having a bad day…