The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) (The Hunger Games)
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Casca Highbottom - Dean of the Academy. He is credited as the intellectual author of the Games and holds great disdain towards Coriolanus and the whole Snow family. He is addicted to morphling, a drug similar to morphine. It was MB to watch these cruel humans design new muttations and calmly discuss the best way to wring out emotions (and participation) from the outer districts. The adult characters are unintentionally funny. From the 'deranged' Dr. Gaul (who speaks only in cliches and is not at all intimidating) to Dean Highbottom (whose surname merely brought to mind Neville Longbottom) who for some reason I don't care enough about doesn't like Coriolanus. These two, similarly to the other characters, do not leave their assigned roles (in this case 'the mad scientist' and 'the bitter guy who for reasons holds a grudge against the protagonist').
Maude Ivory is the youngest member of the Covey in District 12. She’s a cousin to Lucy Gray and Barb Azure and, like them, she’s an orphan. However, Maude Ivory is one of the brightest… Mayfair Lipp is Mayor Lipp’s daughter. She’s generally disliked in District 12, as her father allows her to run wild. After she began seeing Billy Taupe romantically while Billy Taupe was still seeing Lucy… Brandy is the female tribute from District 10. Arachne is her mentor. Brandy doesn’t survive to the start of the games, as she slits Arachne’s throat when Arachne taunts her with food and Peacekeepers shoot…The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a dystopian action-adventure novel written by American author, Suzanne Collins. It is a prequel to the original The Hunger Games trilogy. It was released on May 19, 2020, by Scholastic. An audiobook of the novel read by American actor, Santino Fontana, was released simultaneously with the printed edition.  The book received a virtual launch due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A film adaptation by Lionsgate is set to be released on November 17, 2023. I'm having difficulty telling Clemensia from Lysistrata and Persephone. Make note of different hair color, at least! Sejanus Plinth - Coriolanus's classmate and fellow mentor in the Games. Originally from District 2, Sejanus now lives in the Capitol because of his father's connections and business during the war. He is rebellious and idealistic, and strongly opposes the Capitol's treatment of the Districts and the existence of the Games. Sejanus ends up a Peacekeeper alongside Coriolanus and considers him one of his closest friends.
McCreesh, Louise (2020-05-19). "Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes gets a mixed response from critics". Digital Spy . Retrieved 2020-05-20.I went into this cautiously optimistic because although I was not pleased that we were following Snow... I thought Suzanne wouldn't do us dirty like that right? WRONG. She absolutely did. The novel also has a weak sense of place. The Capitol is barely delineated. The Academy is a building, Coriolanus lives in an apartment, and the Hunger Games take place in an arena. The architecture of these places is obviously irrelevant. Who even cares about descriptions of the characters and their environment? (I do).