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Ballad of songbirds

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a prequel book to The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

With a young Coriolanus Snow as its protagonist, the novel is set in the world of Panem 64 years before the events of the original trilogy, on the morning of the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games.

The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days, provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.

Snow lands on top.

― A phrase used by the Snow family, signaling Coriolanus Snow's eventual rise to power. src

"Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous."
—President Snow to Seneca Crane[src]

Coriolanus Snow is the main antagonist of The Hunger Games trilogy and is the main protagonist of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Snow is the ruthless and authoritarian President of Panem, which he controls with an iron fist, using fear and manipulation to maintain his grip on power.

Various songs appear and are mentioned throughout The Hunger Games trilogy. Although relatively few are expounded upon in any detail, music in general holds importance for many characters: Katniss Everdeen's father was renowned for his singing voice and taught many songs to his daughter; Rue described music as her favorite thing in the world; and music often plays a part in celebrations or important events throughout Panem.

Music is prominent in the prequel novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, in which the character Lucy Gray Baird is a member of a performing group known as the Covey. She performs a number of songs throughout the novel.


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