Oh how I loved being immersed in this world once again! A young Coriolanus Snow is our protagonist and at times, he is almost likeable. We get his backstory and some understanding of who he is. We also learn much of how the Hunger Games developed into what they became. In this 10th year of the Hunger Games, the Academy assigns a mentor for each of the 24 tributes being sent into the arena. Snow is assigned the girl from District 12 (basically the bottom of the heap) and he feels humiliated. However, his tribute, Lucy Gray Baird, is full of surprises and becomes a beloved favorite most are rooting for. Some really fun characters in this one. It was exciting and brutal, surprising and tender, then cold and scary, as well! I absolutely loved every minute of it!
I am not sure how I feel about this book, it wasn't as exciting or engaging as the Hunger Games Series, and I wonder if it is because of the preconceived opinion I had of President Snow. I did like learning how the Hunger Games came into being.
He was the main character and you went along with him from age 18 to 19 I am assuming, so one year of his life and how that made him into what he is but I don't think that is true, he was a calculating self important, power hungry Society family from the Capital through and through.
I had a problem with the timeline though, if it was the 10th anniversary of the Hunger Games and he was 18 at that time and in the Hunger Games it was the 74 and 75th hunger games that means he-President Snow would be 83 years old and he just didn't strike me as THAT old in the books/movies