Summary: Eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Hunger 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 mentors the female tribute from District 12. 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.
Mrs. Lopez's Take: If you enjoyed the Hunger Games series you are sure to enjoy this prequel. This story reveals how Snow came to be the ruthless leader of Panem. With the same amount of exciting twists and turns as the other books in the series, this book does not disappoint.
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