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At its core, the story of The Hunger Games is about the power of one person to change the world. 

Set 64 years before The Hunger Games, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes revolves around the adventures of a teenage Coriolanus Snow, who would go on to become the illustrious President Snow of Panem. Falling on hard times, he is tasked with mentoring of District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird for the 10th Hunger Games.

Set in the future remnants of the USA in a new nation called Panem, one male and one female “tribute” between the ages of 11 and 18 from each of Panem’s twelve districts is forced to participate in an annual competition called the Hunger Games, which is broadcast live throughout the country for the entertainment of the Capitol’s wealthy residents.

Now, bestselling author Suzanne Collins and the world of The Hunger Games return in her latest addition to the series: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.